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Old 03-17-2004, 04:43 PM   #1
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Gentoo 2004.0 install dumps me at shell before finishing hardware detection

i'm trying to install gentoo linux 2004.0 on my old pentium II MMX 200mhz with IDE hard drive and cdrom. when it is booting the install disc (x86-universal) it moves along until it tries to mount the cd drive. it tries to mount two very unusual looking cdrom locations, then dumps me at an ash shell and tells me to "fix my sh*t" (yes, it actually says the s-word to me). i can then mount my cd drive (which is what it was trying and failing to do) by doing
mount /newroot/dev/hdb /newroot/mnt/cdrom
so i've fixed the problem it was having, but how do i get it to continue loading the installer? and/or is there any kernel parameter i could pass it at load to try to get it to work right?

(also curious are the messages i get saying that USB and Firewire hardware was detected, when neither is present)
Old 03-18-2004, 01:09 PM   #2
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well #1, gentoo doesnt really have an installer
read the install howto and documentation, you have to partition your drives, and dump a stage file to the filesystem, chroot, and install the portage tree.
then after thats done, you can install any programs your choose (other than the very basic defaults in the emerge system group)

then ur off.

u should be able to continue installing from that point you described.
OR, use knoppix or another live boot cd.
I installed using knoppix, worked great.
Old 03-19-2004, 12:32 AM   #3
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yes, i know gentoo doesn't actually have an installer, i was using the term loosely to refer to it booting me to where it normally does (msg informing me to read the readme). and read the system specs - knoppix isn't gonna work on a 200 mhz machine.
Old 03-20-2004, 04:13 AM   #4
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Have you tried the older install discs? I'm thinking that you have an old cdrom and support for it is gone. You can probably get it working by passing some additional boot time parameters to the kernel but I'm not sure what exactly they would be(no help).

I'd suggest trying an older install disc rather then the bleeding edge 2004
Old 03-21-2004, 01:41 AM   #5
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it's a generic IDE cdrom. and i can mount it manually without any special options (look at command in my opening post), it just won't find and mount it on its own. which wouldn't be a problem if i knew how to resume the rest of gentoo's livecd boot process from there.


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