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can't detect cdrom drive

I have an IDE dvd/cdrom drive on my computer that used to work with linux (basically every distro) and still works with the windows install. one day I noticed it stopped working and I have no idea ...
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Display messd up with weird characters in Gentoo after `cat` a binary file

I ran cat /etc/localtime to see the contents of /etc/localtime - however it's a binary file, so my console became like this: You may notice the red text in screenshot is "LiveCD"; commands can be ...
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/etc/login.defs LOGIN_STRING configuration error

In the file /etc/login.defs there's the option LOGIN_STRING which is commented out (I'm on a gentoo system). When I uncomment this option I'll get the following error message after a successful login: ...
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/dev/input/uinput Device appears to be 'broken'

I'm trying to setup Pystromo so that I can remap the keys on my Belkin N52TE gamepad. Pystromo basically captures the key strokes and then outputs the remapped keystrokes to the uinput device. ...
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incognito livecd (gentoo based) won't recognize my hard drive?

How do i mount my hd? I looked into /etc/fstab and there's only firmware and portage there so i guess mounting won't work, i need to add my hd to fstab first?
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How to stop X server on Gentoo?

I tried to stop X so I could install graphics drivers. First I tried with killall -9 X but X server just restarted. Then I tried init 3 but that didn't closed X. How do I close it?
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Kde no sound from Phonon or most KDE apps but mplayer,skype and firefox are ok

Can somebody tell me why I cannot get any sound with most of KDE 4? I'm running a Gentoo box, I'm in both the 'audio' and 'video' groups. I can get sound with mplayer ( but not smplayer ) Firefox ...
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xsplash in Gentoo

I'm trying to install xsplash in Gentoo. I've googled and googled and come up with nothing. I downloaded the sources from https://launchpad.net/xsplash, compiled and installed them without issue, but ...
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Start init script only once network interface is up

I have a headless media server using mpd running on gentoo. Mpd is configured to start at boot (and I don't have the rc scripts running in parallel either), but unfortunately mpd won't start if it ...
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uname -a gives wrong version of kernel in gentoo?

Hi I'm running gentoo and doing uname -a gives the wrong kernel version. tony@P_P-o ~ $ uname -a Linux P_P-o 2.6.27-gentoo-r8 #12 SMP PREEMPT Sun Nov 8 19:46:59 PST 2009 i686 Genuine Intel(R) CPU ...
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Alsa loads the wrong modules

I have four sound cards: two that I use (on-board HDA and a creative live card) and two that I don't (HDA on the video card and USB audio in the monitor). /etc/modprobe.conf is set up correctly: # ...
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How to deal with Gentoo failing to boot due to “Locking type initialisation failed” on checkroot?

My system is Gentoo Linux based booting off an LVM based root partition. The system successfully boots through the initrd. It starts the init of the main kernel, but then fails when trying to check ...
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Software RAID never shuts down correctly

Because I just love to push the boat out, I have setup my Gentoo Linux box on a software RAID 1 (mirroring), I have created a volume group with logical volumes for each of the major sections of the ...
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Building a Linux Environment in a VM for use Outside of the VM

I'd like to switch from Ubuntu to a distro that doesn't hold my hand so much, so I thought Gentoo would be interesting to play with. From what I understand though, a lot of time will be spent ...
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Making wine to be compiled with libxml2 support on gentoo

Despite I had xml use flag in my make.conf and installed libxml2 before compiling wine sometimes I'm getting errors like this: This program tried to use a DOMDocument object, but libxml2 support was ...
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How to make unicode characters visible in Emacs?

When I open a file with some UTF-8 text in it the characters show up as boxes. I think I have a font missing, because I can safely edit these boxes and the changes will turn out correctly when I look ...
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Minimum Gentoo Hardware Requirements

What are the minimum system requirements to be able to run Gentoo Linux effectively?