This time the nightly machine [tdm2] got taken out on reboot. Trying to fix:

  • X would not start – “bad freetype, type1 and i810 modules”. ignoring the first two errors, I changed “i810” to “intel” in xorg.conf.
  • X now starts, but no keyboard or mouse, rrr…
  • hald was in the default run level, but dbus was not. hald is supposed to start dbus as a dependency. dbus was running. Just in case, I added dbus to default run level.
  • there were no VIDEO_CARDS or INPUT_DEVICES defined in make.conf. Added “intel” video card, and “evdev keyboard mouse” input devices.
  • Rebuilding xorg-server following those changes… [emerge -DavuN xorg-server] pulled in about 4 packages. I really doubt I’m out of the woods yet…
  • The portage log for xorg-server says to rebuild deps. Get them via [qlist -I -C x11-drivers/]. I rebuilt keyboard, mouse, evdev, still no luck…
  • Started slogging through the gentoo xorg 1.5 upgrade guide. Looks like I need a kernel tweak! Mother-son-of-a-seacook… Adding [Device Drivers->Input device support->[*] Event interface], rebooting… and there is light.

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  1. […] discussed hal and dbus and how to get xorg going with them before. Today’s problem: the desktop machine needed [INPUT_DEVICES="evdev"] in make.conf, and after […]

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