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GENERAL OBSERVATIONS --------------
Native disk mode did not bother my gentoo setup, but I did need to copy the image to a partition. I did boot using an IDE CD.
AHA 2930 weirdness:
I had extremely unusual behavior with my old Adaptec AHA-2930-CU. When a CD was placed in there it would not "try to boot." By "try to boot" I mean to boot when the kernel is using BIOS to access the CD and then fail for lack of a SCSI driver. The CD itself was not seen by the BIOS, even at the level of the MB boot-time user interface.
OpenSuSE Firmware test had 4 failures:
DMI information check, MTTR validation, (experimental) APCI Edge/Level check & non-legacy interrupts incorrectly edge triggered.
BACKGROUND FOR QUESTION--------------
I'm running the new Gentoo. I've tried this many times, some including using acpi=off and pci=nommconf as well as turning the hard drive back to IDE.
lsmod shows e10000 and has a 0 in the "used by" column.
lspci shows the 82566DC-2 Gigabit connnection.
However, there is a problem starting the network:
# net.eth0 start
* Starting eth0
* Configureatoin not set for eth0 - assuming DHCP
* Brining up eth0
* network interface eth0 does not exist
* Please verify hardware or kernel module (driver)
ifconfig only mentions lo, the Local Loopback
At first the "net-setup" saw only the firewire, not the ethernet controller. I turned off the firewire from the BIOS and it still did not see the ethernet card.