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hi i'll start from the beginning and end with the problem... so i have an x86 archetecture compaq presario 2500 laptop which i am using the 2007 gentoo live cd ...
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    graphical interface problem with live cd


    hi i'll start from the beginning and end with the problem...
    so i have an x86 archetecture compaq presario 2500 laptop which i am using the 2007 gentoo live cd as my mode of installment. so i stuck the cd in and booted it up and everything ran smoothly. it came to a nice gui progress bar with the gentoo logo on it. once the progress bar is finished i get an error message: "failed to start the x server (your graphical interface). it is likely that it is not set up correctly. would you like to view the x server output to diagnose the problem?"
    so i assumed that the text it offered to show would help someone fix my problem. here is what it said:
    "X Window System Version 7.1.1
    Release Date: 12 May 2006
    X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 7.1.1
    Build Operating System: UNKNOWN
    Current Operating System: Linux livecd 2.6.19-gentoo-r5 #1 SMP Wed Apr4
    Build Date: 19 April 2007
    Before reporting problems, check X.Org Wiki - Home
    to make sure that you have the latest version
    Module Loader present
    Markers: (--) Probed, (**) from config file , (==) default setting,
    (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
    (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
    (==) Log file: "var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Sat Nov 3 05:38:34 2007
    (==) Using config file: "etc/X11/xorg.conf"
    dlopen: /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libGLcore.so: undefined symbol:
    (EE) Failed to load /usr/xorg/modules/extensions/libGLcore.so
    (EE) Failed to load module "GLcore" (loader failed, 7)"

    that is where i am stopped. anyone have a solution?
    thanks in advanced
    -jim

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    You could edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and change
    Code:
    Load	"glx"
    to
    Code:
    #Load	"glx"
    After that, start the GUI by running startx.

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    i have no idea how to edit something on the command line...
    would you mind being a little more descrptive please? ^^

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    You can edit from command line by entering the following:

    Code:
    nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    ...edit, then save file.
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    trying it out right now. be back with a report in a sec...

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    Oh, I forgot to mention that you need root permissions to edit that file. At command line, enter:

    su

    ...enter root password when requested.

    Then you can enter the command above to edit the file.

    Edit files by using the arrow keys to place the cursor where you want it then use delete keys to remove characters and letter/number keys to add characters as desired. Look toward the bottom of the window for special key combinations such as ^X (Control-X) for exiting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozar View Post
    Oh, I forgot to mention that you need root permissions to edit that file. At command line, enter:

    su

    ...enter root password when requested.

    Then you can enter the command above to edit the file.

    Edit files by using the arrow keys to place the cursor where you want it then use delete keys to remove characters and letter/number keys to add characters as desired. Look toward the bottom of the window for special key combinations such as ^X (Control-X) for exiting.
    did that and this is what happened after i entered startx:

    dlopen: /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libGLcore.so: underfined symbol: _glXActiveScreens
    (EE) Failed to load /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libGLcore.sp
    (EE) Failed to load module "GLcore" (loader failed, 7)
    (EE) Failed to load module "ati" (module does not exist. 0)
    (EE) No drivers available

    Fatal server error:
    no screens found
    XIO: fatal IO error 104 (Connvection reset by peer) on X server ":0.0"
    after 0 requests (0 known processed) with 0 events remaining.

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    I'm not sure what's going on with your liveCD, but I'd check for the text-installer if Gentoo still has one available. Lots of people have reported problems using the GUI installer, saying it's quite buggy. The same happened to me with the Ubuntu liveCD. It wouldn't work, but the text-install version of the CD worked perfectly.

    Maybe someone else will have a better suggestion.

    Otherwise, you could try some of the kernel options that are available to you through the F-keys right before the CD begins to boot. You'd want to look closely at the ones relating to vga modes and resolutions.
    oz

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    I just went a took a look at the Gentoo website and it appears that they do still keep a text version of the installer on hand:

    Gentoo Linux Documentation -- Choosing the Right Installation Medium

    It's the minimal CD that I'm referring to. I always recommend that people new to Gentoo print out the Gentoo Handbook and have it close by before trying to install it.
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    downloaded and burning...

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