Re: Screen problems with Debian install and USB boot floppies
Thanks so much for all your detailed notes. I was able to set up the
partitions as required. The other part of the trick to get the screen
working properly for me was to add the follwing to my boot line:
That fixed up the screen for the rest of the operation.
That suggestion came from Werner Hauser, who wrote:
Try to use framebuffer mode, e.g. enter vga=791 at the boot prompt
or check your BIOS.
PS: this questions seems to become a FAQ, I have therefore added
a new section about common installation caveats to my
unofficial proposal for a Debian Laptop Distribution
On Tue, 2003-08-26 at 04:22, Steve Fosdick wrote:
> On 2003.08.25 18:54, Lawrence Folland wrote:
> > I am trying to install Debian on a Toshiba Portege 3500 (Tablet PC)
> > using the USB boot floppies as can be found at:
> > http://www-user.rhrk.uni-kl.de/~blochedu/usb-install/
> > I was able to get it to boot off the floppies and start the
> > installation, but my screen size seems to be such that I cannot see
> > the last 4 or 5 lines at the bottom. It wasn't too much of a problem
> > until I got to the interactive partitioning screen, and I didn't want
> > to "guess" what it was asking! ;-)
> The last time I used the debian installation system the disk
> partitioning program it used was called cfdisk and, like many other
> partitioning programs, you actually edit a copy of the partition table
> in memory and only write it to disk at the end, so up until that point
> you can always back out by typing 'Q' if you make a mess.
> I attach screen dumps showing creating a Linux partition with cfdisk.
> The first screen dump, cfdisk1.png shows the main menu when some free
> space is selected. The items from the menu can be selected by typing
> their first letter, though the Write option is protected by needing to
> type a captial 'W'.
> When you type 'N' for new, if there are any primary partitions left (i.
> e. you haven't assigned all four) it will ask you for a choice of 'P'
> primary or 'L' logical (see cfdisk2.png), then the size in Mb with the
> default (i.e. if you just press return) being all the remaining space
> (see cfdisk3.png). The other useful option is 'T' to set the partition
> type (see cfdisk6.png and cfdisk7.png) and you'll want 83 for Linux
> filesystem or 82 for Linux Swap.
> Finally, you'll be back at the main menu (cfdisk4.png). If you happy
> with the set of partitions as displayed in the top part of the screen
> you'll want to choose 'W' for write and it will ask if you are sure -
> you'll need to 'yes' in full (cfdisk5.png).
> I Hope this helps.
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