I started an install of Gentoo Linux this morning on a desktop at my house so I could test some browser stuff that purehate was seeing via his Gentoo laptop. I don’t think I have ever installed Gentoo but its possible a couple years back I installed it in the same scenario. Anyway I decided to download the x86 minimal install CD for the installation. After it was burned to CD I booted my desktop up and started the install. Once it was booted I configured the network interface, which in this case was eth0, and was able to test without issue to the Internet using ping. I proceeded with the installation including writing the partition table, creating the file system, and mounting my drives. The next step involved using links to open a gentoo.org URL to select a mirror and to my surprise it failed. Below I go into detail about the problem I ran into and the steps I took to resolve the issue.
When attempting to mount an external USB hard drive formatted with NTFS to a WRT600N Linksys router running dd-wrt you might receive a set of errors similar to the below.
Errors from DMESG:
SQUASHFS error: Can’t find a SQUASHFS superblock on sd(8,1)
FAT: Did not find valid FSINFO signature.
Found signature1 0x4e0005 signature2 0xd6e80000 sector=1.