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  1. #11
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    Some files to check for evidence:
    less /var/log/dmesg
    less /var/log/Xorg.0.log
    less /var/log/messages
    less /var/log/gdm/\:0.log

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    Thanks jabou. Sorry I took so long to reply, but I've been out of town for a while.

    From /var/log/Xorg.0.log (I've only listed warnings and errors.
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    (EE) Unable to locate/open config file
    ...
    (WW) The core pointer device wasn't specified explicitly in the layout.
            Using the default mouse configuration.
    (WW) The core keyboard device wasn't specified explicitly in the layout.
            Using the default keyboard configuration.
    (WW) No FontPath specified.  Using compiled-in default.
    (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/CID/" does not exist.
            Entry deleted from font path.
    ...
    (WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such file or directory)
    ...
    (EE) open /dev/fb0: No such device
    ...
    (WW) RADEON(0): LCD DDC Info Table found!
    ...
    (WW) RADEON(0): Failed to detect secondary monitor, MergedFB/Clone mode disabled
    ...
    (WW) RADEON(0): Option "TargetRefresh" is not used
    ...
    &#40;WW&#41; <default pointer>&#58; No Device specified, looking for one...
    ...
    From /var/log/messages (again, I've tried to restrict the list to things that look wrong).
    Code:
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    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;45 localhost Couldn't initialize miscdevice /dev/synth.
    ...
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;45 localhost Couldn't register serial port 0000&#58;00&#58;08.0&#58; -28
    ...
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;45 localhost EISA&#58; Probing bus 0 at eisa.0
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;45 localhost Cannot allocate resource for EISA slot 1
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;45 localhost Cannot allocate resource for EISA slot 2
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;45 localhost Cannot allocate resource for EISA slot 3
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;45 localhost Cannot allocate resource for EISA slot 4
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;45 localhost Cannot allocate resource for EISA slot 8
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;45 localhost EISA&#58; Detected 0 cards.
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;45 localhost Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version 1.0.9b &#40;Thu Jul 28 12&#58;20&#58;13 2005 UTC&#41;.
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;45 localhost ALSA device list&#58;
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;45 localhost No soundcards found.
    ...
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;45 localhost AC'97 1 does not respond - RESET
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;45 localhost AC'97 1 access is not valid &#91;0xffffffff&#93;, removing mixer.
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;45 localhost ali mixer 1 creating error.
    ...
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;45 localhost hal.hotplug&#91;15541&#93;&#58; DEVPATH is not set
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;45 localhost hal.hotplug&#91;15565&#93;&#58; DEVPATH is not set
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;46 localhost hal.hotplug&#91;15589&#93;&#58; DEVPATH is not set
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;46 localhost hal.hotplug&#91;15620&#93;&#58; DEVPATH is not set
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;46 localhost hal.hotplug&#91;15644&#93;&#58; DEVPATH is not set
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;47 localhost hal.hotplug&#91;15668&#93;&#58; DEVPATH is not set
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;47 localhost hal.hotplug&#91;15692&#93;&#58; DEVPATH is not set
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;48 localhost hal.hotplug&#91;15723&#93;&#58; DEVPATH is not set
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;48 localhost hal.hotplug&#91;15754&#93;&#58; DEVPATH is not set
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;48 localhost hal.hotplug&#91;15785&#93;&#58; DEVPATH is not set
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;48 localhost hal.hotplug&#91;15816&#93;&#58; DEVPATH is not set
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;48 localhost hal.hotplug&#91;15847&#93;&#58; DEVPATH is not set
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;49 localhost hal.hotplug&#91;15871&#93;&#58; DEVPATH is not set
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;49 localhost hal.hotplug&#91;15895&#93;&#58; DEVPATH is not set
    Oct 30 16&#58;44&#58;50 localhost hal.hotplug&#91;15919&#93;&#58; DEVPATH is not set
    ...
    I'm sorry if I've included too much info. I tried to limit it to things that didn't look quite right. Later I'm gonna try to emerge world again to see if that helps, but iIf it doesn't then I guess it's time to reinstall

    At the moment I've got a working SuSE installation, but I really liked what I saw of gentoo and would like to get this fixed, so I really appreciate any help you can give me.
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    after you did your first emerge -uD world, did you run etc-config and automatically let gentoo update all of your config files with the -3 option?
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    Quote Originally Posted by genesus
    after you did your first emerge -uD world, did you run etc-config and automatically let gentoo update all of your config files with the -3 option?
    It's been a while now, but I don't think I did. What command do I use to do this??
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    sorry, not etc-config, but
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    etc-update
    but be carefull if you run this because it will want to overwrite certain config files that you may not want overwritten, so its best to go through them one by one rather than the option that lets you automatically update all of them...
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    etc-update with the -3 option will automatically take care of the trivial files and leave the rest for you to go through one by one.
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    Hi guys,
    Sorry to drag up a thread from so long ago, but it was kinda left unfinished. After quite a bit of struggling with this and being unable to fix it, I decided to just go for a re-install This is obviously not the perfect solution, but it at least persuaded me to ditch KDE and try fluxbox on the new installation, and it's always good to try new things.

    The good news is that my most recent emerge world was successful!

    Thanks for all the advice guys!
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