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ShanaXXII
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:02 pm    Post subject: Help With Configuring the Kernel Reply with quote

This is my first Linux distribution. My friend suggested it to me, telling me that this will teach you pretty much everything about Linux.
So I've been configuring and compiling my kernel for about a week now with no success. Every time I'm done and I reboot it, Grub will give me an error and Grub2 will freeze at trying to start the kernel. :oops:
Can anyone help me with making a kernel that works with my hardware? It doesn't have to be optimized. I can learn to optimize it later.

CPU - Intel Pentium 4 1.60GHz
x86, 1GB RAM,
I think I have an ATI graphics card
IDE/PATA hard drives
PCI bus
I used ext4 as my filesystem
I'm not sure what chipset it is, but I think its Intel because of it's CPU.

If you need further information, I can look into it and post it.
thank you in advanced :oops:
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see you were not properly warned

Anyway, welcome to Gentoo!

Well, in all honesty, the information you suppled is more or less worthless. It is simply too general, but that is okay! What you need to do is learn how to get more specific information about your system. There is an excellent guide to this at kernel-seeds.org. Unfortunately new kernel seeds are no longer being added due to life circumstances of the founder. However, the instructions are excellent and apply to any kernel.
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First things first, but not necessarily in that order.

Apologies if I take a while to respond. I'm currently working on the dematerialization circuit for my blue box.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ShanaXXII ... welcome to gentoo.

It might be a good idea to start by building your kernel using 'genkernel', this is the method used by many users new to gentoo, as its fairly staightforward (though it will produce a somewhat heavy kernel).

You might also provide the /usr/src/linux/.config your using, or that produced by genkernel (if it fails to boot) and the output of 'lspci -k' (emerge pciutils) when booting the install disk. You can install 'wgetpaste' and do the following (within the chroot).

Code:
# emerge wgetpaste
# wgetpaste /usr/src/linux/.config
# lspci -k | wgetpaste

... then provide the urls here. Also the error(s) produced by grub would be helpfull (as it may not be a kernel issue but grub).

This way some of the more seasoned users will be able to get some idea of whats failing, and perhaps more importantly, why.

best ... khay
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. I'll report back when I get it to boot up
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is working now ----> I used Genkernel. I guess I start using a configured kernel once I get to know more of the Linux environment
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ShanaXXII wrote:
It is working now ----> I used Genkernel. I guess I start using a configured kernel once I get to know more of the Linux environment


Fine! Next step is "make localconfig". It will give you some idea about a hardware in your box.
As well it will reduce kernel size and speed up a boot process.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Doctor wrote:
I see you were not properly warned


:lol: :lol: :lol:
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