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Did you try doscsi when the boot prompt comes up? I have never installed on a SCSI drive before but I remember seeing that option. I have read where a lot of Dell servers are Linux ready so it should be doable if you can figure out what controller you have. I have just never had the pleasure of haveing one before.
Gentoo is one of greatest Linux distros, no doubt. However, nothing is perfect. IMO, Gentoo install disks are their Achilles' heel. Try installing from Knoppix (or any other LiveCD that recognizes your hardware).
the trick was to use the right architecture. The poweredge runs the xeons, which are EM64T architecture. So you have to pick the amd64 gentoo installation media. Once the stage is installed, modify kernel to run on EM64T architecture, and in the make.conf use the '-nocona' flag.