Managed to get past the:
err:client:receive_fd FD went missing; attempting recovery
wine client perror:0: write/writev: Bad file descriptor
by adding a cedega group and putting my user account into it. (check with "groups" command)
It was that and/or starting dbus with /etc/init.d/dbus start - either way, error gone.
Running eve from commandline now hangs on:
[Tue Nov 27 12:28:38]
markd@null [6:504 ~/] $ eve
This is the update checker...
CPU pegged at 99%, ctrl-c'd it eventually.
Running plain /home/markd/.cedega/.ui/runGUI does however yield the cedega "launch" interface but clicking play just yields more CPU pegging with no action. (I did issue a export CEDEGA_PATH="/home/markd/.cedega" sometime which might have helped)
I suspect Ive screwed around so much its OS reinstall time (that or the last emerge world did more damage than I have)
cpu: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
videocard_manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
videocard_type: ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9600/9700 Series
videocard_driver_version: 2.0.6747 (8.40.4)
soundcard: Intel ICH5 with STAC9750,51 at irq
soundcard_driver: ALSA Version 1.0.14
x_version: Xorg Version 1.3.0
distro: Gentoo Base System release 1.12.9
GUI version: eve-000062
OpenGL Direct Rendering = PASS
3D Acceleration = FAIL (yes, I saw this will have to figure out why, eve in crossover works (sub 10 fps ftw)
POSIX Threads (Pthreads) = PASS
Copy Protection = FAIL (not needed for eve?)
OSS Sound = PASS
ALSA Sound = PASS
Good luck to those who have more patience than me.. I'll plod along in crossover till Im feeling up to pulling my teeth out again.