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Using dopcmcia

I found out that booting the install CD using gentoo dopcmcia caused the boot-procedure to slow down enough for the CDROM to get "attached" to the system.

However, this only worked from time to time.

Hitting ctrl-s

I found another solution to the problem.

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1. Boot the Live CD using >gentoo-nofb
2. Just before root is beeing mounted hit ctrl-s
3. Wait for the CDROM to spin up
4. Hit ctrl-q to resume
  

This worked for me every time...


Author's Note: I installed Gentoo on a Compaq nc4200.. Hopefully it will work on other models too

It wasn't working for DELL Latitude D400 and 2005.1 release. On gentoo.org this bugfix was released, that worked fine for it:

1. On the prompt for kernel type write

gentoo doscsi scandelay debug

2. At the debug prompt:

  # echo  /sbin/udev > /proc/sys/kernel/hotplug

3. unplug the cdrom then plug it back in.

4. At prompt again make sure your cd-rom was found:

  # ls /dev/sr0
  /dev/sr0
  # exit
Note: It could take 10 seconds or longer for the /dev/sr0 file to show up

5. Boot continues and finds livecd at /dev/sr0.

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