I was installing Gentoo when I ran into problems with the bootloader. Whether I used the automatic or manual installation method, GRUB always threw the following error:
The file /boot/grub/stage1 not read correctly.
I checked out the file with
nano, but it was mostly unreadable and garbled as if it were using the wrong character encoding. All the other files in that directory suffered the same fate.
Are these files supposed to be human-readable? Will the problem fix itself if I try installing again? If not, what can be done to correct it?