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Old 04-04-2004, 10:07 PM   #1
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Gentoo LiveCD won't get past Step 6 on Boot

Hi all,

I hope there are some smart ppl out there on this one... I am venturing into the world of the Gentoo distro but have a very bad problem. I can't boot off of the LiveCD. Doing a 'gentoo-nofb' at the boot menu starts the boot process till it gets to step 6 where it says:

request_module: runaway loop modprobe binfmt-9653
request_module: runaway loop modprobe binfmt-9653
request_module: runaway loop modprobe binfmt-9653
request_module: runaway loop modprobe binfmt-9653

and then just sits there. I only found 3 links for this error on google and none of them have a real answer. One of them mentioned zisofs (don't know what that is) but I figured as this was a prebuilt image that should work by itself it might be something else. I Have Tried:

Reburning the image
using the minimal image instead of univ.
turning on and off virtually every option including:
nousb ide=nodma nodetect 'and others'
turning on and off virtually every bios setting
unplugging my sata drive
unplugging my pata drive
reading the entire gentoo installation manual
standing on one foot and singing the russian national anthem while
rubbing an album cover to 'They Might Be Giants'

I'm pretty sure the image isn't just bad as there would be more post about this. Must be some sort of incompatability with my hardware???

Gentoo Image: install-amd64-universal-2004.0.iso
Athlon 64 3200+
1 GB PC3200 RAM
MSI K8T Neo Mobo (VIA K8T800, sata onboard, Gbit Eth)
160GB SATA Barracuda 7200.7
80GB PATA Western Digital
Sony DRU-500AX 4x DVD±RW
16X Asus DVD-ROM
SB Audigy2
Water-cooled (This REALLY shouldn't matter but gotta brag, eh?)
Old 04-05-2004, 03:11 AM   #2
Registered: Jun 2003
Location: New Zealand
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I can't remember the gentoo cd startup screen very well, but is there an option for 'noinitrd' or something? this should skip the entire section that you are having troubles with. I assume you meant you are typing 'nofb' and not 'gentoo-nofb' (or maybe gentoo 2004 is different) Anyways try typing 'gentoo noinitrd' even if it doesnt say you can.


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