Bug#504922: Lenny install on Dell Inspiron 7500 - Debian

This is a discussion on Bug#504922: Lenny install on Dell Inspiron 7500 - Debian ; Package: installation-reports Boot method: Image version: http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/ Debian-LennyBeta2-i386-netinst.iso> Date: Machine: Processor: Memory: Partitions: with separate /home> #1 primary 3.4 GB B f ext3 / #5 logical 435.9 MB f swap swap #6 logical 8.3 GB f ext3 /home Output of ...

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  1. Bug#504922: Lenny install on Dell Inspiron 7500

    Package: installation-reports

    Boot method:

    Image version: <http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
    Debian-LennyBeta2-i386-netinst.iso>

    Date:

    Machine:

    Processor:

    Memory: <192 MB>

    Partitions: with separate /home>

    #1 primary 3.4 GB B f ext3 /
    #5 logical 435.9 MB f swap swap
    #6 logical 8.3 GB f ext3 /home

    Output of lspci -knn (or lspci -nn): or where to find it>

    Base System Installation Checklist:

    [O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

    Initial boot: [O]

    Detect network card: [O]

    Configure network: [O]

    Detect CD: [O]

    Load installer modules: [O]

    Detect hard drives: [O]

    Partition hard drives: [O]

    Install base system: [O]

    Clock/timezone setup: [O]

    User/password setup: [O]

    Install tasks: [O]

    Install boot loader: [E]

    Overall install: [O]

    Comments/Problems:

    1. Initially, the network didnít install because I didnít connect it
    until the HD was reformatted since the original MSWindows operating
    system was so full of viruses that the computer could have compromised
    our home network. Subsequently, I found that escape would bring up the
    main install menu (is this an undocumented feature, or just something I
    didnít realize?) and I connected the network late in the install. GRUB
    installed. The computer booted OK from the HD, but it could not find
    Icedove on the CU-Denver mirror, probably because the late installation
    of the network. I could use the command line to move around files and
    vim to modify the sources list.

    2. Tried a reinstall with Purdue mirror and standard system. This
    install went OK through 177 downloaded files, but GRUB would not
    install. Installed LILO and it seemed to work. I think it downloaded
    Icedove with aptitude, but I couldnít find the package or make anything
    work except the command line.

    3. Tried a reinstall with primary (Debian) mirror and one partition to
    try to fix GRUB. Installed laptop plus standard, downloading 233 files.
    GRUB still would not install. Used LILO. Still couldnít find Icedove,
    but command line worked.

    4. Did a reinstall with primary mirror and separate /home partition
    again. Downloaded 233 files. This time GRUB installed! However, the
    reboot from the HD hung at ďSaving VESA stateÖĒ.

    5. Repeated the install as in 4 above. Same result, hung at same place
    on reboot. At least I finally have a reproducible problem and consistent
    results with GRUB. But I canít even get to the command line now, whereas
    I could before.

    Iíve searched the web and Debian docs and canít find a solution. My
    intent is to download a new netinst CD and try again. If the hung reboot
    persists, Iíll try Etch. Do you have any advice for me?

    Ron Schwiesow

    nanron62@msn.com




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  2. Bug#504922: Lenny install on Dell Inspiron 7500

    Nan & Ron writes:

    > I’ve searched the web and Debian docs and can’t find a solution. My
    > intent is to download a new netinst CD and try again. If the hung
    > reboot persists, I’ll try Etch. Do you have any advice for me?


    Hello,

    Please try the image available at
    http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/.lenny_rc1/

    This is based in the proposed RC1 installer that will be released next
    week. Your feedback on this is very much appreciated since will give
    us a good feedback about our state. If possible try your 4 use cases
    to see how they behave this time.

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