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Old 02-22-2005, 04:41 AM   #1
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Gentoo Install: Quick Questions

Hello all,

I did not see a Gentoo forum under distributions, so I guess I'll drop it here.

First, I think that I now have a working Gentoo / xP box, but I have a couple of small problems. My hard drive is as follows:

/dev/hda1 xP 10-gig
/dev/hda 2 boot 32M
/dev/hda 3 swap 512M
/dev/hda 4 Gentoo ~30-gig

When I set up grub, I manged to mix a couple of things up: As a result, I cannot load either Gentoo or xP. I know that I need to modify the:

but I am not sure how to change root to do so. Any ideas as how to do this from the LiveCD?

Second, when I was setting up grub I did not know where to insert the Frame Buffer line:

vga=0x318 video=vesa:mtrr,ywrap
do I just type it in and hit enter? Side note, I installed the genkernel 2.4.28 so I know I need the video=vesa, but do I need the mtrr? Not quite sure as to what that is...

Much thanks in helping!
Old 02-22-2005, 05:38 AM   #2
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Okay, do you get the grub screen on bootup?

If so, you can use the command-line interface in grub to boot up just fine. The menu is just a shortcut so you don't have to remember & type everything necessary every login.

I always get an error if I put in a vga entry as well as the video entry, so can't help there. Leaveing vga out works for me. .
Old 02-22-2005, 05:40 AM   #3
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When you boot to the livecd and mount your partitions:

swapon /dev/hda3
mount /dev/hda4 /mnt/gentoo
mount /dev/hda2 /mnt/gentoo/boot
mount -t proc none /mnt/gentoo/proc

Then chroot in:

chroot /mnt/gentoo /bin/bash
source /etc/profile

Now you can edit /boot/grub/grub.conf:

nano -w /boot/grub/grub.conf

Then you can append your framebuffer stuff to the end of the kernel line in the grub.conf file.

Check out this thread in the Gentoo forums for more information on bootsplash:
Old 02-22-2005, 07:43 AM   #4
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i believe Crashed_Again is completely correct

when it comes to framebuffer, i dont really think you need it...i do not have it on mine, and Gentoo still works like a charm
Old 02-22-2005, 08:01 AM   #5
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Okay. Much thanks everone! I'll try as soon as I get off work.

Really, thanks for helping!


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