Talk:HP Proliant Microserver

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Notes about Gentoo installation

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I just migrated my HP N54L to Gentoo - and I found it pretty hard. Maybe we should add a few things:

It is best to use UUIDs in the fstab. I have four big disk in the bay and another big one plus a small SSD in the top. As the sata bay gets the device names sda1 .. 4, the root partitions is likely to be pushed around. On thing that did cost me a lot of time, was the fact, that I need to add an initramfs, so that the kernel could locate the root partition irrespective of the SSDs device name. Another thing is, that it is not so obvious, which devices must be enabled. There is the Tigon4 network card, then there is the 4225 mobility Radeon graphics adaptor. My unlucky decision was to fix the graphis later - so I could not see the important error messages, when the mounting of the rootfs failed. And it is still unclear to my, why the two hard disks in the top cassette end up as hda1 and hda2... anyway, Gentoo runs great on the machine.

I have taken notes and could supply more details, if somebody found that useful. — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Christoph peter s (talkcontribs)

Hi Christoph peter s , thanks for the comment; I'm glad to see you've chosen to go with Gentoo. It's a great distribution and has a very knowledgeable development community. It would seem this discussion is probably better suited for the forums instead of here on the wiki. Generally speaking, these discussion pages are for the improvement of our documentation. The fstab article here on the wiki does indeed cover UUIDs as an option used to mount specific partitions. As for the devices, one of the the beauties of Gentoo is that you'll be compiling your own custom kernel, so you'll need to know about little the devices connected to your system. We have a few articles dedicated to the kernel aspects of system configuration. One more thing, please be sure to sign your comments on discussion pages. There's a button in the edit bar for this. Kind regards, --Maffblaster (talk) 06:45, 13 December 2016 (UTC)
Closing discussion. Cheers! --Maffblaster (talk) 01:39, 12 January 2017 (UTC)