What combination of USE flags work for you ?
I think it could be useful for new Gentoo users to have USE flag combinations that others use/know work. On a few early Gentoo installs I ran into trouble with the default USE flags ... which forced me to try other combinations to get the system up and running.
My last build (on an Acer Laptop) has the following make.conf file
So what USE flags work for you ?
# These settings were set by the catalyst build script that automatically
# built this stage.
# Please consult /etc/make.conf.example for a more detailed example.
#next lines original file entries
#next line replacement for above
CFLAGS="-march=athlon64 -O2 -pipe"
#next line added to optimise for dual processors
# WARNING: Changing your CHOST is not something that should be done lightly.
# Please consult Gentoo Linux Documentation -- Changing the CHOST variable before changing.
# These are the USE flags that were used in addition to what is provided by the
# profile used for building.
#next line original file entry
#USE="mmx sse sse2"
#next line replacement for above - added symlink for kernel symlink auto update
USE="X alsa cairo cdr clamav dvd firefox ieee1394 kde opengl qt4 qt3 xine symlink esd gnome imlib minimal nls spell truetype xinerama"
#USE = “X alsa cairo cdr clamav dvd firefox ieee1394 kde opengl qt4 qt3 xine”
# added esd gnome imlib minimal nls spell truetype xinerama for IceWM install
#next lines added to allow portage to function until mirrorselect can be emerged