Package: debian-installer
Severity: normal

I have tried to install this week's build of lenny on a Dell 'Optiplex
GX1' which has I believe, a custom motherboard made by Dell. This mobo
has onboard ethernet. I also have two PCI ethernet cards which
connect via a PCI-to-ISA bridge.

When I tried to install lenny I was unable to configure the network at
all. This is because the installer could not install a driver for the
onboard nic (it said 'could not detect any network card, but also
suggested to try the driver for a National Semiconductor 8390, which
didn't work). It also failed to detect the PCI cards.

When I tried the same thing using stable 'etch', it managed to load a
driver for the onboard card, which it detected as a National
Semiconductor DP83815 (MacPhyter). However the network still didn't
work. But the installer also detected the PCI cards, which did work to
get the network up and running.

I think the onboard network adapter may be broken. However there seem to
be two failures of the lenny installer here, where the etch installer
succeeded: the failure to correctly identify the onboard card, and the
failure to detect at all the PCI cards. Perhaps these are due to support
for 'obsolete' hardware being removed from the installer? In any case
perhaps someone can find out why these happened by seeing the difference
in behaviour from etch, and maybe fix it if it's considered important.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
APT prefers stable
APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.18jack1
Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)

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