Acer Ferrari 4000
What I did wrong...
OK, I have to admit that on 29th September 2009 I trashed the portage on this system. I wanted to install OpenOffice 3.0 so did emerge -sync. A few minutes later I could no longer install any software. Apparently this is because I had not upgraded sufficiently often, the problem and possible solution are explained on the blog page below. The reason I had not done this was because this laptop overheats when running the compiler. I now know that I can restrict the cpu speed to get around this fault by typing "cpufreq-set -u 800" so that is stays at 800MHz.
How to upgrate a really old installation: http://blog.jolexa.net/2009/03/25/gentoo-tips-to-upgrade-your-really-old-installation
However watch out for the changes to the PAM configuration files, see http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/base/pam/upgrade-0.99.xml
I cheated by copying the files off another more recent system and then emerging pam. Later cracklib will fail to emerge, but there is a helpful message which tells you what to do.
Of course having upgraded the system, I now have to upgrade the world, i.e. all applications I'd installed including xorg-x11. Also wath out for changes to configuration files here. See the xorg-x11 HOWTO here http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/xorg-config.xml
After around a week of painful updates the system is basically working again and has that all important new and much improved OpenOffice package. I've kept with kde 3.5.10 for now and am testing the update to 4.2.4 on another system.
Some hints on general maintenance are given here: http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Gentoo_maintenance
Output of lspci
Linux lhotse.dl.ac.uk 2.6.22-gentoo-r5 #19 SMP Fri Jan 11 17:51:30 GMT 2008 x86_64 AMD Turion(tm) 64 Mobile Technology ML-30 AuthenticAMD?
00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc ATI Radeon Xpress 200 (RS480/RS482/RX480/RX482) Chipset - Host bridge (rev 01)
00:02.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI-X Root Port
00:06.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge
00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB Host Controller
00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB Host Controller
00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB2 Host Controller
00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 SMBus Controller (rev 11)
00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller ATI
00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 PCI-ISA Bridge
00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 PCI-PCI Bridge
00:14.5 Multimedia audio controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:14.6 Modem: ATI Technologies Inc ATI SB400 - AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 02)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon Mobility X700 (PCIE)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM5789 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 11)
03:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
03:09.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 Cardbus Controller
03:09.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
03:09.3 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments PCIxx21 Integrated FlashMedia Controller