Bug#403027: Installation report for Netinst CD on Asus U5F laptop
Boot method: Netinst CD
Image version: http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/etch_di_rc1/amd64/iso-cd/debian-testing-amd64-netinst.iso
downloaded on 2006-12-14
Date: 2006-12-14 15:00:00 GMT+8
Machine: Laptop Asus U5F
Processor: Centrino Core2 Duo T5500
Partitions: All 80Gb SATA disk used, d-i did the partitioning mostly
automatically: 256Mb of /boot and the rest as an unencrypted LVM
Output of lspci -nn and lspci -vnn:
Non available at the moment. Will come on a later installation
report, when successful.
Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
Initial boot: [O]
Detect network card: [E]
Configure network: [ ]
Detect CD: [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives: [O]
Partition hard drives: [E]
Install base system: [O]
Clock/timezone setup: [ ]
User/password setup: [O]
Install tasks: [ ]
Install boot loader: [O]
Overall install: [E]
* Network cards
I could not access the network using the ipw3945 wireless card. That
was expected, since the driver packages are in non-free.
I noticed that a package "firmware-ipw3945-di_0.3_all.udeb" exists,
but I could not find any info on how to use it
The Ethernet network card did not seem to be detected: with ifconfig I
could bring up only a device with a very long MAC. I don't have the
model available, but I'll provide it in the next install report.
Had I managed to detect the ethernet card I could have tried to use
pppoe: I've noticed that there is a udeb for it in the netinst CD, but
I haven't seen anything about udeb in the installer.
Initially I chose to use LVM plus encryption. After getting the
warning about cyphering being untested I selected the option in the
warning dialog to not use encryption, but the partitioner would still
have all the encription parts turned on.
I redid the install and chose plain LVM, then I told it to use the
entire disk. At that point creating the volume group failed: in the
log, there was the help message of vccreate and at the top it said
"Please enter physical volume name(s)". Later on in the installer I
chose to create the volume group, gave it a name and it worked.
When I chose to use the whole disk, I got a dialog asking for
confirmation because the installer found an existing partition (the
MS Windows junk that came with the laptop). The Italian message was:
"Le seguenti partizioni saranno formattate" (part n.1 con fat32)"
The message probably wanted to say that the existing fat32 partition
will be deleted ("cancellate"), not formatted ("formattate").
'volume group' is translated as 'gruppo di volumi'. Personally it
would be clearer to me if it were left as 'volume group', but meh.
* Other bits
Since I could not get any usable network device to work, I tried the
netinst installation without network configuration, to at least get a
base system. This exposed a couple of quirks:
- In the Italian translation, the phrase "Se si sta installando dal
CD netinst e si sceglie di non usare in mirror ci si troverà solo
con un sistema base veramente minimale" is repeated twice, the
second time with slight variations but same meaning.
- I told not to use a mirror, and I got a big red warning saying that
the installer could not access the security updates websites and
commented them out, and later on I should find out what happened.
That message felt very weird, since I just told it not to use a
mirror nor to configure the network.
- When choosing the system I selected "laptop" and it asks me to
install the binary 1 CD. I don't have the CD, and the menu doesn't
have a "cancel" option, so it looped forever.
I'm now downloading
and trying again.
-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
APT prefers unstable
APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.18-3-686
Locale: LANG=it_IT.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=it_IT.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)