E. (dirtyhands) wrote in gentoolinux,

Hi, I'm new

I've been installing Gentoo on my home PC for three weeks and I've all but given up. I can get Gentoo to start, but two crucial things fail to work:
1. No internet connection. When I was setting up off the livecd it worked fine and I didn't have to do anything, and now when it boots it doesn't seem to have any trouble starting eth0, but trying to ping anything besides myself I'm told "unknown host." More importantly, though:
2. it starts in plaintext mode ... whatever it's called ... it doesn't try to start in X. Then when I run startx or xinit, it fails, saying "cannot run in framebuffer mode. Please specify busIDs for all framebuffer devices." What does this mean? How do I do that? I tried setting the environment variable $FRAMEBUFFER to /dev/fb/0, but this doesn't make any difference.

I'm really at the end of my rope with this ... I'd been using FC1 (which wasn't that great) before and I was excited to make a change, but this has been the most frustrating install of my life, and I've installed many a Windows OS in my time. Any advice would be just great.
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Sometimes I have to manually set my IP here at the internet cafe. You will need to your IP Address, Netmask, Broadcast, Gateway, and Nameservers. I cheated and booted in Windows and got the information from network settings.

Best of luck.
To get Internet working:
# emerge dhcpcd
# insmod dhcpcd
# ifconfig -- to see if you get ip from dhcp server.

If you need to manually set up, take a look the documentation below:
This is just a little nitpicking/tip: Don't use insmod, use modprobe. Fortunatly I learned modprobe first - it checks dependancies, and loads other modules it needs. insmod doesn't. Usually this won't make a huge difference, but for the sake of not accidentally breaking things because of deps missing, its probably best to stick to modprobe.
To make X start on boot, you need to go:
# rc-update add gdm default
that will add gdm to your startup(assuming you have gnome installed, i've had tough luck with xdm in place of gdm there)

But I wouldn't do that if I were you just yet. You need to have X working before you can start it at boot.

What video card are you running? Which X are you rinning? (If you don't know, it's probably Xorg - it seems they've removed xfree from the source tree) and what does the /etc/X11/xorg.conf (or XF86Config) look like? and can you also put /var/log/Xorg.0.log along with the rest of that?

That should help a lot in figuring out the problem.



November 9 2005, 23:35:13 UTC 11 years ago

1. uneed dns addresses in /etc/resolv.conf
2. sorry I have the same problem


November 9 2005, 23:55:49 UTC 11 years ago

2. havent trid yet but i found:
"HA! Got it! Go to your /etc/X11 directory when you boot into single mode. If yours looks like mine did, you'll have a bunch of XF86config files. I'm not sure how I got them all. But what I did was delete them all. Toast them. Then go on over to /usr/X11R6/bin and run xf86config. Just enter in your applicable info, save and then type startx. Worked for me. Now I need to try and reboot and see where I get."