Bug#268945: installation-reports: 3 issues/comments
Version: Debian Installer RC-1
-- System Information:
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.4.xx
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C
Date: Sun Aug 29 17:33:09 CDT 2004
Method: ATAPI CD boot netinst.iso
Machine: Desktop PC
Processor: Athlon K7 1.4 Ghz
Memory: 512 Mb
Root Device: ide /dev/hde2
Root Size/partition table: 780 Mb
Output of lspci
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-760 [IGD4-1P] System Controller (rev 13)
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-760 [IGD4-1P] AGP Bridge
0000:00:07.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super South] (rev 40)
0000:00:07.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
0000:00:07.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 16)
0000:00:07.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 16)
0000:00:07.4 SMBus: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super ACPI] (rev 40)
0000:00:08.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 43)
0000:00:0d.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Live! EMU10k1 (rev 07)
0000:00:0d.1 Input device controller: Creative Labs SB Live! MIDI/Game Port (rev 07)
0000:00:11.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon R100 QD [Radeon 7200]
0000:00:13.0 Unknown mass storage controller: Triones Technologies, Inc. HPT366/368/370/370A/372 (rev 04)
Output of lspci -n
0000:00:00.0 0600: 1022:700e (rev 13)
0000:00:01.0 0604: 1022:700f
0000:00:07.0 0601: 1106:0686 (rev 40)
0000:00:07.1 0101: 1106:0571 (rev 06)
0000:00:07.2 0c03: 1106:3038 (rev 16)
0000:00:07.3 0c03: 1106:3038 (rev 16)
0000:00:07.4 0c05: 1106:3057 (rev 40)
0000:00:08.0 0200: 1106:3065 (rev 43)
0000:00:0d.0 0401: 1102:0002 (rev 07)
0000:00:0d.1 0980: 1102:7002 (rev 07)
0000:00:11.0 0300: 1002:5144
0000:00:13.0 0180: 1103:0004 (rev 04)
Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
Initial boot worked: [O]
Configure network HW: [O]
Config network: [O]
Detect CD: [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives: [O]
Partition hard drives: [O]
Create file systems: [O]
Mount partitions: [O]
Install base system: [O]
Install boot loader: [ ]
Manual network config. Manually setup boot loader, as I have
non-standard boot order. (Grub Install was not happy, said "This is a
fatal error", which I just skipped by)
Three (3) Actual Issues:
1) System seemed to 'freeze' at 69% for what seemed 5 minutes when
installing base packages. Console 3 showed it was installing
exim4-config and getting 'hostname lookup failure'
2) Install again froze at 95%, exim4-daemon-light (4.34.4)
I think it was stuck in the preconfiguring packages stage. I would
suggest that the user gets some feedback saying "Still working, don't
panic!" so they don't bail out of the installation. I wouldn't normally
have been so patient myself.
3) After the first reboot, the console console vga mode was wrong.
The first (leftmost) character was not displayed on the screen. It was
shifted over too far to the left. Sorry, I don't know how to tell what
the vga-mode was.
I went thru the install 2x, and got the same behaviour each time.
Samsung SyncMaster 950p 19" monitor, using the stock d-i 2.4 kernel.
ATI Radeon video card.
After I finished the install, I rebooted again to see if the problem would
persist, which it didn't, the vga mode was just fine.
One other concern, I choose "Manual" for package selection. I think it
brought up aptitude which I find very intimidating! (I'm still working
on the transition from dselect to aptitude) It threw a lot of warning
messages about packages being held. I didn't know what to do, so I
clicked 'g' and it updated a half dozen packages and returned to
installation process ok.
I wouldn't be surprised if a new user panicked though. Perhaps add a
"Workstation" category? Also add a comment saying you can run
'aptitude' later, to add packages.
Otherwise, the install was pretty slick! Next time I'll checkout the
grub install and software raid detection.