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Linux Configuring Gentoo for system hardware?

Discussion in 'Software' started by OneSeventeen, 6 Dec 2008.

  1. OneSeventeen

    OneSeventeen Oooh Shiny!

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    I will hopefully be installing Funtoo linux soon (based on Gentoo, but using git as a portage tree, making forking incredibly easy), but I'm a little lost when it comes to configuring the kernel, and default modules to be loaded.

    Since I built my own machine, I can easily post my motherboard model, video card, etc.

    (I'm hoping Glider is still around :) )

    Any tips?
     
  2. Andy Mc

    Andy Mc Modder

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    Have you thought of initially just installing Gentoo and following the handbook? As a first 'go' at a source distro it will teach you alot. You can then use what you learn there to build your Funtoo system.
     
  3. Fophillips

    Fophillips What's a Dremel?

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    Use lspci to see what chipsets you are using, then select them in the kernel config.
     
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  4. Glider

    Glider /dev/null

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    "lspci" is your friend indeed, combined with lsusb. Use the -v or -vv switch if required, but most of the time you'll have plenty of info with just lspci. That and a quick google of the items listed will tell you what you need to enable.

    Be sure to compile in all boot critical stuff (so not as a module). This includes chipset, filesystem support,...
     
  5. OneSeventeen

    OneSeventeen Oooh Shiny!

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    I've got a funtoo VM set up based on the gentoo handbook already, the main question is just figuring out how to determine what boot critical stuff I should compile into the kernel.

    looks like lspci will help me find that stuff though, so I'll give that a go and come back later with more questions. (Although, I hate to say it, I'm back on Ubuntu as my primary OS, and will be booting another Funtoo drive later.)
     
  6. Glider

    Glider /dev/null

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    Well, for starters, compile everything in (no, or as few as possible modules). After that you can start replacing inbuilt with modules, while having a failback kernel.

    But TBH, I compiled most stuff right in, because I couldn't care about unloading modules when I wasn't using hardware.
     

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