Oh, no problem being a noob, Darksurf...I posted this here as I can't find a suitable section, and lot of people appear to look into this section.
Well, if Sabayon is a rolling distro, there is no real reason to come out with Sabayon 9. I usually install the new release, as it is advised all over the Internet. I don't lose much as my home partition would be always intact.
This quite strange. I had never come to such a situation before, from Sabayon 4 to 8. I can upgrade, no problem there, but someone already complained that he can't boot after the upgrade. It takes about 9 hours through bit torrent to download the iso, so if it takes that much to upgrade, it doesn't matter, but I have no guarantee that I'd have the same problem just like the other guy, who upgraded. It would be better for me to download another variant of Sabayon 9 and try, which is what I am going to do.
I hadn't had any problems with Sabayon yet, which you may find by checking how many posts I had in this forum. If the md5sum is correct, and the DVDs had been burned correctly (2 of them in two different burners), two different USB sticks, and with dd and Unetbootin, then there must be something really wrong.
What you are suggesting is not a solution, Darksurf!