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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:24 pm    Post subject: boot message does not appear Reply with quote

I have an Acer Aspire (i didn't remember the version but it's old, something like 8 years) and i'm trying to install gentoo but every time i boot my notebook using my bootable usb it just gives a black window with a curson on the top.

I tried to write something but nothing happens, only my pc making noises like beeps when I tap any key.

I don't know what I could do to change this. Tried to make my bootable pendrive with many softwares and using dd command but nothing works.

Help pls
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does your laptop boot at all? Any other operating system installed on the laptop or some other device?
What is the make and model?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes, my laptop boots. I tried many distros before thought about to use gentoo. Now it's rumming lubuntu that i've installed just to have any SO on PC.

I still don't know the make and model but i'll find this
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

in the interim, do you know if the laptop has uefi or bios compliant firmware -- can secure boot be an issue?
if you have ubuntu installed and running you can install from that by creating a /mnt/gentoo directory and following the handbook.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you bro, I'll search more about this and i'll try
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Do you have /dev/console in /dev/null in the partition you boot ? They are needed to display the first kernel messages.
Which init system do you use: systemd, openrd, ...?
Do you boot from UEFI or BIOS Is secure boot enabled?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have fully certain but i think my laptop is this

https://www.hardstore.com.br/notebook/notebook/acer-aspire-5750z-4835-intel-pentium-b940-2-00ghz-500gb-4096mb-15-6-quot-led-lcd-webcam

I tried to found anything on BIOS, nor secure boot or anything like this. I downloaded the installer to amd64.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

secure boot, uefi, do not appear to be available on your laptop and thus not involved
your laptop may be old enough to not support boot from usb
have you entered the bios to attempt to set the usb as first choice to boot?
as ubuntu boots: why not install from ubuntu? again, all you need is to become super user, make directory /mnt/gentoo and then follow the gentoo hanbook. the install media only provides an operating system to install from, you do the installing by running a long series of commands in a terminal. no part of ubuntu would end up in the gentoo system. If you use the gentoo minimal install usb, no part of the minimal install usb would end up in the gentoo system.
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