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Gentoox Pro v1.3a

Copyright (C) Thomas "ShALLaX" Pedley (gentoox@shallax.com)

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA


0.0 - Preamble
0.1 - Whats new?
1.0 - Installation tips
1.1 - Necessary Configuration
1.2 - Extra tweakables
2.0 - Help, I'm still stuck!
2.1 - Q&A
2.2 - Known issues
3.0 - Plans for the future
4.0 - Thanks



This Linux distribution contains no copyrighted Microsoft code, no hacked executables, no illegally compiled executables and no other illegal material to the best of my knowledge. If anything is later discovered to be illegal, when given reasonable proof, this distribution will be taken out of circulation and destroyed and you must do the same.

This software comes with absolutely no warranty and I will not be held liable for anything bad that comes of using it. I will not be held responsible for any losses incurred from using this software.

This software has the potential of ruining all the data stored on your Xbox including your TSOP or modchip. You use this software and any subsequent software downloaded by this program at your own risk.


0.0 - Preamble

Gentoox is a highly optimised and highly refined Linux distribution for the Xbox which receives regular updates.

Your Gentoox system comes with two predefined users, their details are as follows:

User: root
Pass: xbox

User: gentoox
Pass: xbox

The 'root' user is known as a superuser and has control over everything and everyone's actions! For this reason is it very important that you change your passwords as soon as you log in!. To do this, open a console and type:

su -
[enter root password when asked]
passwd user_name

The "su -" command instructs Linux to (s)witch(u)sers to root and use root's system environment.

Once again, I refuse to accept responsibility for anything bad that may come of using this software. While I try my absolute best to ensure that this software is stable and fit for use, I make absolutely no guarantees that it is. Use this totally at your own risk. This software contains no hacked code or code built with the Microsoft Xbox SDK (XDK).

Throughout this readme you will see the term "xbox_ip", this is simply the IP address assigned to your Xbox, e.g.

0.1 - Whats new?

The following is a list of new features which are included with Gentoox Pro v1.3.

* Initial Focus support! (Updated Kernel 2.4.22).
* All non-Xfree related Magic patches available as of 22/06/2004 are preinstalled.
* emerge -Du world (as of 22/06/2004).
* 4GB rootfs (The maximum available).
* Sparkle integration.


If you do not have DHCP, the following settings will be automatically assigned to you:


Of course, you can change these settings yourself by following the Network tutorial on the site.


1.0 - Installation tips

None of this section applies for 'native' installs. Do not attempt to run these commands if you have selected 'native' or you may damage your filesystem! These commands have been known to fail and may cause dataloss, use at your own risk!

If you later want to switch which partition Gentoox is installed to, you can do so by running the following commands:

1) Open a console
2) su -
3) [enter root password when asked]
4) magic f-drive << Puts Gentoox on F:
* OR
magic e-drive << Puts Gentoox on E:

Should you find yourself running out of space for Linux, you can either follow the online tutorial on resizing your rootfs, or you can run the following command to add more partitions (100-4000MB and as many as you can fit on F:)

magic newfs

Follow the on screen instructions for each of them. The e-drive and f-drive scripts have safeguards which wont allow you to run either one more than one time in succession.

1.1 - Necessary Configuration

You should run "xbvset" first thing to setup your video modes. Follow the onscreen instructions.

1.2 - Extra tweakables

Once you've got your resolution selected, you'll notice your LED is green while running and red while rebooting/ shutting down. You can change the colour sequence/ pattern by doing the following:

su -
[enter root password when asked]

Have fun with this, but follow the instructions ;)


2.0 - Help, I'm still stuck!

If you are having issues using the magic system, remember you can always run "magic usage" (provided you have an internet connection).

Your most valuable resource regarding Gentoox is its homesite: http://gentoox.shallax.com If you need some dynamic assistance, feel free to drop in to the official channel on irc:

Server : irc.shallax.com
Channel: #gentoox

( Windows mIRC users can run the following url: irc://irc.shallax.com/gentoox )

2.1 - Q&A

Q) Gentoox hangs whilst launching from EvoX... What do I do?!
A) Turn off In-Game-Reset (IGR) from EvoX. This needs to be disabled in ALL 3 places! This is a bug the EvoX team seem to have introduced in v1.8.3921. They tell me this will be fixed in the next release.

Q) I cant see anything when I boot up, what can I do?
A) You can edit linuxboot.cfg, you should see this line


Basically, you can change the resolution here, and the horizontal (hoc) and vertical (voc) overscan correction. Tested resolutions are 640x480, "hoc" and "voc" are specified as percentages, (X and Y are defaults which are just ignored - they should work for everyone!). You can set these to hoc=10,voc=6, for example. The default settings _should_ work for everyone! XBV can be run on top of these settings should you wish to change your screen setup whilst linux is running.

The "nohwcursor" is what fixes the garbled cursor graphics.

2.2 - Known Issues

* Sometimes Gentoox Loader will hang on booting, if this happens, unplug all controllers/ USB devices and try booting again. Once you see the Kernel loading, you can plug the devices back in.


3.0 - Plans for the future

This isnt a final release, the following still needs to be done:

* Hopefully update to 2.6.x when it's considered stable.


4.0 - Thanks

Thanks goes out to everyone who has supported me, offered suggestions and criticised (constructively!!!) my work. You are the people who motivate me in my task to product (what I feel) is the best Xbox Linux distribution around! Without you, I probably would not have bothered going beyond the initial "FINAL" release (as the name would suggest, I didn't plan on releasing any updates, hehehe!).

Thanks to all donators, without you I'd never have got all the hardware I needed to develop Gentoox at a reasonable rate.

I'd also like to thank Xantium from Xbox-Scene for posting news relating to Gentoox.

Thanks to the Xbox-Linux team for Cromwell.

HUGE thanks to the creator of BusyBox - that is an amazing piece of work! Also, thanks to the creators of Slackware and Slothbox.

Thanks to Soundgarden and the Beastie Boys for providing me with something to listen to :)

Special thanks to Halfbreed for the XFCE wallpaper and Rickz0rz for the KDE wallpaper. Also many thanks to everyone else who submitted wallpapers, even if they didn't make it in! (Trogdor, Darkmotion, indi, fafnir, eentelf, janten, Dantax, mansen, Dmack_901, Yavin, fuz, MikerhinosFR, Agent Orange, fuz, Anata, Rickz0rz and anyone else who I may have left off!).

Thanks to Hellimod, Pedro, Dave, Blake, tytyty, Disp, Byte, Xolution, Genlee, Pb, def, wik, Ziekke, Coolberg, nitra, h3inrich, Rocketeer, xboxmastr, Bucko, paulproteus, Xenia Rhexis, bioterror, Turdhat, Jester, CyKiller, bikr, mikegrb, milkpost, Psylenced, TJ, Weezle nath69uk, kickass, madskillz, fuz-(for clogging up the forums with junk! ;)), BeckyK, Iriez, choichoi, flow23...

Thanks to Friendtech for their generous DreamX donation. Thanks to Sinister Elf of Xbox100.com for his Xbox v1.6 donation.

And THANKS to everyone else I've forgotten (Sorry! Your help and support was much appreciated!)

Thanks to you for taking the time to read this instruction manual!

Remember - feedback is the only way I'll know when there is a problem

- Thomas "ShALLaX" Pedley (gentoox@shallax.com)


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