Bug#295426: debian-installer rc2 hangs after issuing the message "Unable to load some modules"
Debian-installer-version: release candidate 2 from
uname -a: Linux fury 2.6.8-2-686 #1 Mon Jan 24
03:58:38 EST 2005 i686 GNU/Linux
Date: Sat Feb 12 14:00 CET 2005
Method: sarge-i386-netinst.iso on a CD-R
Machine: Zitech PC
Processor: Pentium II at 233 MHz
Memory: 128 MB
Root Device: IDE (Quantum Fireball SE2.1A)
Root Size/partition table: I haven't reached that part
of the installation :/
Output of lspci and lspci -n:
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440LX/EX -
82443LX/EX Host bridge (rev 03)
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 440LX/EX -
82443LX/EX AGP bridge (rev 03)
0000:00:07.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB
PIIX4 ISA (rev 01)
0000:00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB
PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
0000:00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB
PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
0000:00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4
ACPI (rev 01)
0000:00:0f.0 VGA compatible controller: S3 Inc.
ViRGE/DX or /GX (rev 01)
0000:00:10.0 SCSI storage controller: LSI Logic /
Symbios Logic 53c810 (rev 23)
0000:00:12.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies,
Inc. VT86C100A [Rhine] (rev 06)
[root@fury] /root>lspci -n
0000:00:00.0 0600: 8086:7180 (rev 03)
0000:00:01.0 0604: 8086:7181 (rev 03)
0000:00:07.0 0601: 8086:7110 (rev 01)
0000:00:07.1 0101: 8086:7111 (rev 01)
0000:00:07.2 0c03: 8086:7112 (rev 01)
0000:00:07.3 0680: 8086:7113 (rev 01)
0000:00:0f.0 0300: 5333:8a01 (rev 01)
0000:00:10.0 0100: 1000:0001 (rev 23)
0000:00:12.0 0200: 1106:3043 (rev 06)
Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] =
didn't try it
Initial boot worked: [O]
Configure network HW: [ ]
Config network: [ ]
Detect CD: [O] The CD is detected, but
the installer hangs
Load installer modules: [E] The CD is detected, but
the installer hangs
Detect hard drives: [ ]
Partition hard drives: [ ]
Create file systems: [ ]
Mount partitions: [ ]
Install base system: [ ]
Install boot loader: [ ]
Reboot: [ ]
Trying to install Debian Sarge netinst
with debian-installer rc2
on a Zitech PC
1) I boot from the cdrom and type "expert26"
2) I choose "English" as language
(Note that English is not my native language, but it's
easier to describe everything in english)
3) I choose "Belgium" as country
4) I choose "PC-style" and "Belgian" as keyboard
5) I choose "Detect and mount CDROM"
6) I get a list of Linux kernel modules. The first is
piix, the last is isofs. They are all selected and I
leave them all selected. I select "Continue"
7) I am at the "Detect and mount CD-ROM" step.
Debian-installer asks if it will "Prompt for module
parameters?", I answer "No".
8) Debian-installer asks if it should "Start PC card
services". Since my machine isn't a laptop, I choose
9) Debian-installer indicates "Unable to load some
modules". The full text is "Linux kernel modules
needed to drive some of your hardware are not
available yet. Simply proceeding with the install may
make these modules available later. The unavailable
modules, and the devices that need them are: agppart
(Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX Host bridge),
ide-probe-mod (Linux IDE probe driver), ide-detect
(Linux IDE dectection) ide-floppy (Linux IDE floppy)."
I select "Continue"
10) The screen becomes blank, except one line at the
bottom of the screen, and... Debian-installer hangs.
Nothing happens. The machine is stuck.
I've tried redoing all of this several times.
I've tried to select only piix, floppy, generic,
ide-generic, ide-disk, ide-cd, isofs on step 6. Same
result: d-i hangs at step 10.
You're gonna say "It's probably a hardware issue", but
I have tried with two different CD-ROM drives and I
have rewritten the netinst CD-image three times: twice
on two different CD-RWs, one on a CD-R.
The PC doesn't seem to be having hardware problems: it
runs Debian woody without any problem.
For more information on this PC take a look at
There is also the manufacturer's site:
I don't know if it's helpful, it's all in Danish, and
I don't know Danish.
Any help/comments/feedback would be appreciated :)
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