the usual kernel panic troubles - SOLVED
on my first attempt to install gentoo and compile a kernel from scratch, i think i messed it up. it compiles and install okay, but when i come to booting the OS from the hard drive i suffer a kernel panic:
i installed it on a reiserfs partition and have already configured ReiserFS support into the Kernel. the GRUB Boot is also pointing to the correct Kernel (kernel-2.6.12-gentoo-r6). i am running an IDE hard drive and have installed the support for that as well. although, i am looking at the config file now and am wondering if Parallel IDE high-level drivers will be of any importance.
usb 4-1: new low speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 2
UDF-fs: No partition found(1)
Kernel panic - Not syncing:VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unkown-block(3,3)
the only part of the manual i didn't follow is the networking section (since i ain't setting up a network and only have access to the internet from a USB modem :() i also didn't change the symlink to kernel-2.6.11-gentoo-r3 but i can't see this making much difference.
EDIT: I (sortof) solved this problem when i got my new ethernet modem and was able to start from stage 1 :)