I'm wondering if it's possible to do a stage 1 compilation without a properly configured network. I've tried getting Gentoo 2004.3 to recognise my PCIe card and I just might go insane if I try any harder.
The Gentoo handbook says that networkless installs are only supported for stage 3. Is there a workaround that they haven't mentioned? I really want to custom-compile this one! :)