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This is strictly about the MSI ATX motherboard, K8M-Neo V, installed with an Athlon 64 3000+ processor. The intent is to describe the progress of installing and have the system up and running.


System components

Installation CD

The Gentoo universal CD was downloaded as an *.iso image via bittorrent and burned to a CD.

Boot from the CD-Rom

Make sure that the first search for a bootable partition is on the CD-Rom, normally set in the BIOS.

For the MSI motherboard, simply press DEL when told so during initial boot sequence.

As an alternative to changing settings in the BOIS, press F11 to bring up a boot menu after POST has finished.

Boot Parameters

The boot prompt looks like this:

boot: gentoo doataraid noapic acpi=no

The "dokeymap" is broken on this release so you need to mess with a US-keyboard! Apart from that you need to type these parameters "as-is". If you don't you will not be able to load the sata-driver.

Parameters that can be added are listed by pressing F1 or F2, if no input is made, the boot process just continous after a short while.


# modprobe via_rhine
# net-setup eth0

I chose dhcp and wired in the net-setup menu, worked just out of the box.


# modprobe sata_via

Now your disk is available at /dev/sda.

Gentoo Installation

Just follow the Gentoo Installation documentation for amd64, I used another virtual terminal to surfe to Gentoo

# links

..or go directly to the amd64 installation manual

# links


I followed the Gentoo xorg-Howto and set it up as a framebuffer. There is an ebuild available for xorg with unichrome support. I did not mess with this and I don't know if its worth it. I will wait until these patches are part of the official xorg.


The onboard sound chip is supported by the driver "snd_via82xx". See the ALSA-HowTo for details.


There is a Bug in the BIOS and there is no Update for it. The Bug is concerning Cool 'n' Quiet. I set it up after this description

If you do this:

# dmesg | grep powernow

Then the response will be:

# powernow-k8: Found 1 AMD Athlon 64 / Opteron processors (version 1.00.09b)
# powernow-k8: BIOS error: numpst must be 1

The solution is to install development-sources-2.6.10-rc3. After that I was able to change between 1800 and 2000 Mhz via cpudyn. There should also be a level for 800Mhz. I think now I need to wait for a new BIOS or a new kernel to get this working.

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