Bug#509168: Dell Dimension 2350 + PCI video = kernel oops on bootup
Installing debian-testing-i386-businesscard.iso, dated 17-Dec-2008, on a
Dell Dimension 2350 with an add-on PCI video card.
There is an existing kernel bug (see bug 507955) that causes the newly
installed Debian system to oops and become unresponsive on bootup.
(NOTE: Booting off the install CD works fine; the installer comes up and
runs without a problem.)
There is a workaround for this bug---blacklisting two kernel modules---
detailed in the above bug report. This is something that the installer
would need to add to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist (or some other file in that
directory), not only because of the hard-to-diagnose nature of the problem,
but also because the user would otherwise have to resort to a "rescue"
environment to fix it.