I used the guide systematically on the back of your magazine and everything was going perfectly with the stage 1 installation.
Here is a full account of all the errors / problems that occured during the isntall up to where I am: The first sign of an error was when I had just finished the long emerge --emptytree system (I didn't use --newuse as the hanndbook disrecommended it) - at the end of it wanted to make a bootdisk and I inserted a floppy, but it failed so I quit - it then said somethings failed and that there was errors (it may have been nothing but im worrying that something went wrong with the kernel compiling)
Anyway, I then made a GRUB bootloader as the handbook said and did a manual thingy and continue till it said "restart" - this was where the next unnatural thing occured, when umounting for the restart, I couldnt do one of the drives -it said it was busy (again it may be nothing)
On reboot, the GRUB loader booted up fine however whenever I boot the option, it says "File not found" - if I remove the line and just type "ls /" it doesn't show my kernel (kernel-2.6.11-r3 or something) instead the closest thing I can find is a vmlinuz or something - if I tell it that the kernel is that (whatever it is) I can bootup and install things (Im doing emerge xorg-x11 -av as I type this, in this vmlinuz boot)
Before I found out that vmlinuz made it run, I went back to the livecd and typed ls /boot/ and sure enough my kernel (which was kernel-2.6.11-r3 or something) was there. Also before I emerge xorg-x11 -av in vmlinuz, I typed ls /boot/ but the directory seemed to be empty!?
Please expalin whats happening, im confused and want to know why GRUB isn't seeing my kernel and why & what vlinuz is. If you need more details on the problem, please ask.
Thanks and kind regards, Chris