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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, made the change and ran
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emerge --oneshot --verbose xorg-server

I did not see any errors related to xorg-server, but I did see a note regarding xkeyboard referring to die "econf failed". Don't know if that has any bearing at this time. I did look in /var/log/portage and saw 2 log files, one for the xorg-server and one for the xkeyboard.

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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Note that this is important. When you issue a command like
Code:
emerge foo
what you're asking emerge to do is to install foo and all of the packages that foo depends on. (Except, obviously, the dependent packages that're already installed.) If a dependency fails to install, you'll have a broken foo (or xorg-server, as the case may be). Post the log of the failed package, please. :)

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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the xkeyboard:
Code:

http://bpaste.net/show/95867

And for the xorg-server:
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http://bpaste.net/show/95868


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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have to go off-line for several hours. Hopefully someone else can pick up; otherwise, I'll reply this evening.

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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In looking at the log file for xkeyboard, I noticed that there was an error regarding libxml2.so.2. It couldn't be found so I emerged it and it ran. I then did the emerge --oneshot --verbose xorg-server and it ran and ran. I noticed that I now had an Xorg.0.log file which can be viewed at http://bpaste.net/show/95886 which is a long one. There is a lot of information in this one and I am not sure what to do here, but I will continue to look at it and see if any of it makes sense. Apparently it couldn't find any screens nor some modules related to video.

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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark2,

You are making progress.
Code:
[ 66950.088] (EE) No drivers available.


Xorg will auto detect any of the open source drivers and it tried all the possibilities for you.
It will not use a binary blob driver unless you tell it to in an xorg.conf file.

Make a file called /etc/X11/xorg.conf an put
Code:
Section "Device"
        Identifier "nvidia card"
        Driver "nvidia"
EndSection
This tells Xorg to load the binary blob nVidia driver.

If that fails, post the Xorg.0.log again
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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neddy,

I created the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf as suggested. When I tried to run startx as my normal user the screens went black and into powersave. I had to reboot to get back to a usable interface. I then emerged the test packages as root, logged back in as my normal user and ran startx. This time I got 3 xterm windows and the xclock, but am not able to use either keyboard or mouse, so I'm sure I will have to reboot. The xclock did seem to be keeping up with the time, however.

[EDIT] As it turns out, it did go iinto powersave and I did have to reboot using the reset switch to get back to a prompt.

The wgetpaste is at http://bpaste.net/show/95905/, but that is before I did the test packages.

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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark2,

You are getting closer.
Code:
[    55.497] (EE) Failed to load module "evdev" (module does not exist, 0)
[    55.497] (EE) No input driver matching `evdev'

The xorg module evdev is missing. You get it by putting INPUT_DEVICES="evdev" into make.conf, then doing
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emerge -1 xf86-input-evdev
It should not be in your world file as the INPUT_DEVICES= tells portage you want it.

This will make your mouse and keyboard work unless evdev support is missing from your kernel, which is unlikely.
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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was great; it worked! I already had the INPUT_DEVICES="evdev" in my make.conf, so all I had to do was the emerge part. I now have both the mouse and keyboard working in the 3 windows. And the xclock is definitely keeping up with the time.

This has got to be a lot like pulling teeth, whew! So now, what next (while I try to shake the cobwebs from my head)? :D Is it time for KDE?

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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark2,

You have a tried and tested Xorg so if you like KDE - go for it.

I stop here though as I'm a Gnome/Xfrce4/twm user. I'll still help with generic problems but KDE specifics are not for me.
Good luck.
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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for all your help, Neddy. I found that out after going back through the documentation and have started emerge kdebase-meta which is going to take quite a while with over 270 packages to install. Can't wait to see what pops up next.

Also, a big vote of thanks to John Graham. You guys have saved me once again.

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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A final update: it worked. Installing the kdebase-meta took hours but when the smoke cleared, I ran startx and the gui came up. Now I can go about installing my favorite applications. I may have other questions, but they will be addressed in other forums if I am unable to find answers that have already been posted.

Thanks to both Neddy Seagoon and John Graham for invaluable guidance. This was an excellent experience!

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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark2,

mark2 wrote:
This was an excellent experience!


That the right attitude to make a success of Gentoo ... you move from one learnng experience to another, even after 10 years of Gentoo.
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