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Old 01-15-2005, 10:54 PM   #1
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gentoo stage 3 genkernel


I am attempting my first gentoo install to reside with FC3 and XP.

The first time I went through, doing a stage 3 install and making my own kernel, everything seemed to work ok untill i rebooted, grub looked very wierd, really garbled, and I couldn't boot anything from it, FC, XP, or gentoo, and I couldn't read the error because of the way it was garbled. so I decided to just start over.

This time, I decided to use genkernel since everything seems to work ok from the liveCD. I am not sure of all of the options I have to have, but I do know some that I need and some that I don't for sure. So I did
Code:
genkernel --menuconfig all
and made adjustments to what I knew for sure I needed, and removing what I knew for sure that I did not need. Once finished in menuconfig, it says "Compiling bzImage" or something similar and just sits there.

Now i know it would take longer to compile this time, but my custom one toke less than 30 minutes. I let the genkernel sit there for over an hour and a half and it still just sat there with the same message.

How long should a genkernel take? Perhaps I could try my own kernel again? I could try to see what I needed, but there is no lspci nor /proc/pci.

The whole portage system and emerge really intrigues me, and I thought that I finally had enough knowledge to try it out. Maybe I was wrong...

I had to hard reboot and get back into windows, but I should be able to boot the liveCD and chroot to start where I left off.

Any suggestions are welcome, and if this thread is more appropriate in another forum, I would ask a mod to please move it.

Thanks

-Nathan
 
Old 01-15-2005, 11:07 PM   #2
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How fast is your machine? Intel or AMD?

Genkernel compiles almost everything (as a module) so that it works near-universally. I could imagine it may take quite a while.

The garbled grub thing is VERY likely due to a line in /boot/grub/grub.conf that reads something like
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splashimage=(hd0,1)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
but you don't actually have an image there (wrong partition perhaps). Try commenting or editing that line.

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Old 01-15-2005, 11:21 PM   #3
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It's an athlon xp running at 1725MHz (i think thats equivilent to a 2100+)

I think you are right about the splash, that was my first guess. It was
Code:
(hd1,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
as the /boot is on hdb1, but I also had problems with emerge where it would go through 3 servers, trying each one 5 times and failing, before getting to one that worked, albeit slowly.

I think the original time there were also problems emerging ati-drivers because of the server problem, so I skipped the part about mirrorselect when going through the second time.

I can't edit those lines because they aren't there anymore since i started over.
 
Old 01-16-2005, 07:50 AM   #4
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an `emerge sync` may solve the server issue. The list of available servers on the livecd may not be completely current. I've had that problem a few times when first starting up.

Also, of course, ping www.google.com to be sure that eth0 is actually set up.
 
Old 01-16-2005, 05:14 PM   #5
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Well, I guess I will try again, I found another Handbook from Gentoo that uses the networkless installation and the GRP.

I was wondering how to use the precompiled packages, but the original guide I had didn't say. I will try this. I want to get a gentoo system up and running without taking a long time to compile everything.

I think I am correct in assuming that I can use this method to get a system up and running fairly quickly with Firefox and a DM already compiled, then I can slowly update these packages and compile them myself. Right now I am looking for a speed increase, it doesn't have to be the fastest though, so thats why I think the GRP might be the better way to go.
 
Old 01-16-2005, 06:23 PM   #6
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even with GRP, you'll still need to compile your kernel... but yeah, it took me about 3 days to compile my basic system, and then another full day to compile OpenOffice.org. GRP is nice for that. You can also purchase a FULL dvd GRP set of ALL available packages on their site for a pretty decent price.
 
  


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