Re: Installation Problems
On Fri, Jun 01, 2001 at 07:10:24PM -0400, Margarete Hans wrote:
> I assume that no one responded to my original message because it was
> in rich text format so here it is again - hopefully in plain text this
Also, your post is hard as hell to read. Too much information clumped
together. White space is your (and our) friend.
> I tried installing Debian Potato, vanilla flavor, with floppies on a
> COMPAQ laptop, Contura 400C. It has 20480 KB RAM, of wich 4 MB are on
> the System Board and 16 MB are part of an Expansion Module, an SL
> enhanced 486DX2 processor at 40 MHz, an integrated 387-Compatible
> coprocessor; I have a primary DOS FAT-16 partition (410MB), a primary
> Linux partition (50MB)(unformatted) and and expanded partition with
> two other unformatted Linux partitions(70MB and 210MB). The partitions
> were made with Partition Manager, a very basic DOS-utility. I
> downloaded the disk images with DownloadAccelerator.
> Upon inserting the rescue disk and rebooting, it checked the RAM,
> accessessed the floppy and then simply stopped. The curser was on the
> top row, blinking. I retried it a couple of times, rawriting it on
> different floppies each time.
> I then tried it on my primary computer (DELL Pentium 166, 32MB RAM,
> AMIBIOS version A10 by Americanmegatrends, one 3GB FAT-32 Win95
> partition). The same thing happened.
> I assumed that the problem was that the file was corrupted.
> I redownloaded the disk image. This time, on both computers, I got a
> message that the floppy is "not a bootable disk".
> I redownloaded it a third time from a different server, with the same
> result as the second on both computers.
> I tried the Compact flavor. The rescue disk worked fine on both
> computers, but upon inserting the root image disk, I got a message
> "invalid compressed format (err=1)<5>VFS: insert root floppy and press
> Upon hitting enter, without changing disk, there is some obscure code
> repeated twice and then a "Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs
> on 2:00
> ide0: unexpected interrupt, status=0x80, count=1".
> I tried downloading the compact root twice, rawrote it onto different
> disks and tried it on both computers with the same results.
> I have no new ideas of what to try next. What should I do?
Brian Nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org>