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Old 06-29-2004, 07:13 PM   #1
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Gentoo Boot Problems

I spent an entire night installing Gentoo 2004.0 (Because I couldn't get 2004.1 to work with my ADSL). When I finally finished everything I tried to restart and it locked at 'lo off' or something, so I just turned off my compuer and turned it back on. Well, I installed lilo so it booted up fine with a list that had 'gentoo' and 'windows.' When I choose 'gentoo' it showed 'booting gentoo...' and then the screen went black and the 'caps' and 'scroll' lights continiously flashed. I have no idea what went wrong because I went by the manual when it came to setting up lilo, but it obviously didn't boot the kernel right. Windows would still boot fine from lilo, but gentoo would not. I don't know what I should do. Does anybody know how I could fix this error? Thanks for any help.
Old 07-01-2004, 02:37 PM   #2
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You will have to try installing the system again.

make sure to follow all the instructions as they appear and if you are not sure about a step. do a search on the Gentoo fourms and if you don't find anything then post.

Gentoo is alot of work but it really pays off I have two desktops and one laptop running it and they are all great.
Old 07-02-2004, 12:24 PM   #3
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what u had was a kernel panic...

anyways, i dont know how u went wrong. i think the gentoo handbook is the most accurate guide out there compared to many othe linux how-to's.

the handbook lists what u must do and then also gives u options, if u just stick to what it says and skip the options u shouldnt get confused and u should have a system in good time. i have a 1mb dsl line and now it takes me 4hrs30mins to install a base system Stage2 with a custom kernel.

just dont give up
Old 07-06-2004, 06:53 AM   #4
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have u come right yet?


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