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Hi, this is my second time installing Gentoo, first time on this machine. I just built this machine, and am trying to install Gentoo 2006.1 to a 320GB SATA HDD, ...
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    The root block device is unspecified or not detected


    Hi, this is my second time installing Gentoo, first time on this machine. I just built this machine, and am trying to install Gentoo 2006.1 to a 320GB SATA HDD, I am using the minimal install cd, and my dvd drive is also SATA. I get the error "The root block device is unspecified or not detected" after I choose the kernel and all that. What should I do?

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    Is this after you have installed it(hd) or do you get this problem while still booting the livecd?

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    While still booting the liveCD.

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    We will need to know more than that. We really need to know what brand and model your motherboard is, the chipset it uses, and what processor you use.

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    Motherboard is MSI P965 Neo-F, chipset is Intel 965 Express, processor is Intel Core 2 Duo E6300.

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    By any chance does it have a JMicron SATA controller?

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    I don't know.. How would I find that out?

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    Seems that you do (just search for your motherboard at the gentoo forums). You have two choices. You can either wait until the linux kernel supports it, or you can use a patched livecd that allows you to install onto that controller.

    The link to the livecd that will work is:
    http://www.kernel-of-truth.net/downloads_kOT.html

    Know that this is safe to use and people have reported huge success using this.

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    I'll give it a try, thanks.

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