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Now this is no doubt silly but I'll admit i've never recompiled a kernel ^.^;;.

The question I have is that for it to load the kdm manager etc for kde do i need to do anything special, since when i did a 2.4 i lost my kde does it take a basic change or did i screw up somewhere?
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Essentially there needs to be a special script in /etc/init.d (which is linked to a script in /etc/rcN.d/ (n being your graphic runlevel)) that starts kdm on boot.

BTW, thats from init.d to rcN.d

Could be as simple as having changed to the wrong default initlevel. Check /etc/inittab.

And, kernel compiling, read the Kernel-HOWTO at TLDP. <>
Okie i think i might have found the reason, why it might not be loading um the manager visually. its not able to load my nvidia drivers... O_O has me even more perplexed. I've added it to module support and that hasn't done anything. :(
*oh god almighty, help us avoid another nvidia royal frig up....*

Ok, here we go again.
What does the log say (/var/log/kdm?)

Can you start x manualy (using startx?)

Did you actually recompile your kernel? It soulds like you may have just enabled the options, but not recompiled.
no go on manual start with startx, it goes to load it up (black screen to what would be the xfree login) then it goes back to the command line

XFree86 Version
Release Date: 15 August 2003
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 6.6
Build Operating System: Linux 2.4.22-gentoo-r7 i686 [ELF]
Build Date: 04 March 2004
Before reporting problems, check http://www.XFree86.Org/
to make sure that you have the latest version.
Module Loader present
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/XFree86.0.log", Time: Sun Apr 4 16:27:19 2004
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/XF86Config"
NV: could not open control device /dev/nvidiactl (No such device)
(EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module!
(EE) NVIDIA(0): *** Aborting ***
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.

Fatal server error:
no screens found

there's the log. Oddly it says the old kernel at the top instead of the current one but that's the error message.

And alothough i havent done a kernel complie, I do know that i did my make dep && make (name) modules_install, and make && make modules_install
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Hmm.... First off, try starting X with the "vesa" driver, instead of the nvidia. That at least, will get you into X (Barring more problems).

Next, how did you do the nvidia driver install (RPM, or does gentoo have an installer/portage port)?
portage :) ie source install

logged in within vesa...

who wants to bet whites suggestion will be to remove nvidia reinstall and retry with it in there?
Oddly enough reinstalling nvidia drivers fixed the issue ^.^;;. Strangeness though.
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