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From: WR <gen2@...>
Subject: Re: xorg.conf for Mac G4 mini
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 06:55:39 -0700
On Thursday 16 July 2009 6:27:23 am David Friedlander wrote:
> This is too bad.  Gentoo is the logical choice for old hardware, since  
> the source
> code compilation allows the users to keep up with the latest releases  
> and bug
> fixes, even though the distribution may not be under active development.


Your xorg conf problem has little to do with Gentoo. It is an xorg conf  issue. 
*Manual xorg configuration is not necessarily easy* on any distro, unless it "just works". 
I would not use the kernel boot options initially (although that may be required, it
usually isn't). 

Choosing Gentoo means you feel confident with manual configuration, or that you 
are incredibly persistent and resourceful. The odds of google having your answer are extremely high. 
Ubuntu forums are an excellent place to look. The odds of mini not working are close to 0. 
This is actually not a very good place to ask, the traffic is extremely low - fortunately xorg conf
is not arch or distro specific so that should broaden your search horizon.

You will need the correct driver for your card 1st. Likely it will not be something 
you compile into the kernel, but added with emerge. Nvidia drivers for instance, should not
be compiled into kernel on many cards.

You will also need to be able to look at and report the contents of your xorg error log.
That is your guide. (look in /var/log )
Also check on the xorg site for information, since it's really an "xorg" thing, more than a "Gentoo" thing.
Patience is your friend. First time around the block w manual xorg.conf can be difficult and frustrating. 2nd time too.

Perhaps this helps
http://www.freelists.org/post/slackintosh-users/Xorg-Mac-Mini-512-Radeon-9200,1


References:
xorg.conf for Mac G4 mini
-- David Friedlander
Re: xorg.conf for Mac G4 mini
-- David Gurvich
Re: xorg.conf for Mac G4 mini
-- David Friedlander
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