Sounds odd, but from your last posting, I’m not sure where you are at.
The Gower metric may fail for a number of reasons, most common is a zero ranged variable. If this happens, it should tell you, and as there won’t be a dissimilarity matrix, no classification or ordination is possible.
Your right about the rows/cols in the status bar. This has been corrected in 3.04 – we are loading this to the site this week.