The output error was not correctly copied word for word. The kernel-2.6.16 line is as you suggested. I was being lazy and didnt type it word for word as there wasnt a way of cutting and pasting at the boot screen.
Hmmm i cant seem to access the / partition in knoppix is complains that "could not mount: mount: i could not determine the filesystem type, and none was specified"
also when i try to mount using mount it says this:
root@1[knoppix]# mount -t ext3 /dev/hda7 /mnt/gentoo
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/hda7,
missing codepage or other error
In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
dmesg | tail or so
does this mean it didnt format my / partition properly?
not another install! argh!