Gentoo Ten LiveDVD Frequently Asked Questions
The Gentoo hybrid LiveDVD is made by the community for the community. It was
created with the help of Gentoo developers from around the world and users
alike. Thank you all for your contributions and suggestions!
Your Gentoo Ten Team
Please note that this is simply a list of common questions. Please read the handbook and man pages to gain a greater
understanding of how Gentoo works. For answers to questions which may not be
answered here, please visit the forums and bugzilla.
Download the correct ISO for your hardware
The livedvd-x86-x86_64 ISO will work on 32-bit x86 or 64-bit
x86_64. If your architecture is x86, boot with the default. If your arch is
amd64, boot with gentoo64.
The livedvd-amd64 ISO is only for x86_64. Boot with the default.
Boot options for the LiveDVD
The README lists
the possible command line options that can be used to tweak the boot process of
the DVD. The README lists the Gentoo-specific options, along with a few
options that are built-in to the kernel, but that have been proven very useful
to our users. All options that start with do have a no inverse
that does the opposite. For example, doscsi enables SCSI support in the
initial ramdisk boot, while noscsi disables it.
Default root and user password
The default user and password are gentoo.
Code Listing 2.1: How do I become root?
$ sudo su -
You can use passwd to change the password for the user you are logged
into. As root, you can change any user password by issuing the command
passwd username For extra options and setting, please man passwd.
Can I copy the image to a usb stick?
Yes. To determine your device before you plug it in, open a terminal and read
Code Listing 2.2: Determine Device
# tail -f /var/log/messages
You will need at least a 4GB device!
Code Listing 2.3: Copy the image
# dd if=image.iso of=/dev/sdb
Do not point to a partition number!
Not all BIOS support booting from USB devices. Consult your motherboard
Can I resume the autologin?
To resume the KDM autologin, you need to press the ESC key and wait for the
timeout to pass or just hit the enter key to login.
Can I install firmware for my wireless card?
Yes. You just need to copy the firmware to /lib/firmware and reload
your wireless card's kernel modules. The example below installs the firmware for
a Ralink RT2501USB wireless LAN chipset. It requires non-free firmware, which
cannot be included on the Live DVD because of license issues. The firmware is
copied from a 2GB usb stick.
Code Listing 2.4: Install the firmware
# mkdir /mnt/pin
# mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/pin
# cp /mnt/pin/firmware/rt73.bin /lib/firmware
# modprobe -r rt73usb rt2x00usb rt2x00lib
# modprobe rt73usb
# /etc/init.d/wicd restart
Can I speed up the boot process?
To speed up the boot try this at the boot prompt:
Code Listing 2.5: Faster boot
# gentoo-nofb nox
# /etc/init.d/xdm start
Is there a list of packages on the DVD?
What if my question has not been answered?
Come join us on our IRC channel, #gentoo-ten. You can also help us fix some
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