Re: 64 bit downloading and kernel upgrade problem
Thanks to nishant, kumar, mike and all others for the help. With etch,
debian got installed without a hitch...and kernel upgrade also worked
Now to some other issues:
1> auto mounting cd, floppy etc...
I created a file /etc/auto.media with the lines:
cdrom -fstype=iso9660,ro,sync,nodev,nosuid :/dev/cdrom
floppy -fstype=auto,sync,nodev,nosuid :/dev/fd0
usb -fstype=ext3 :/dev/sdb1
added the following line in /etc/auto.master
/media /etc/auto.media --timeout=600
but still these devices do not automount. why? (i did restart autofs
before trying) If i explicitly use mount command, they do mount on the
same device and mountpoint. Also my machine is an nfs client and i have
configured to automount server nfs disks...that works fine. So have i done
anything wrong in /etc/auto.media?
Also my machine has some 6 usb ports...1 is utilised for my usb mouse. How
do i can configure automount to simultaneously mount more than one
pendrive/usb-hard-disk etc? (whichever usb plugin point i use, dmesg
always shows a usb device on sdb1...haven't put two simultaneously and
2> Sound problems...
cannot get sound working...alsaconf worked fine (but lspci did not catch
any sound card). Here is the output for 'cat /etc/modprobe.d/sound'
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel index=0
I get errors of the kind 'failed to open device /dev/dsp' or 'failed to
open device /dev/mixer' though both of these exist (I can run alsamixer as
root but not as user...it says
alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such device
I have not tried sound before on debian but i ollowed the steps suggested
online. Is there anything else i need to do?
Thanks and Regards,
> On Mon, 20 Nov 2006 18:42:21 +0530 (IST), Arvind Marathe wrote
>> Hi all,
>> Few months back, i first started fiddling around with linux and debian.
>> Now that i am a little more experienced and have got some free time,
>> i decided to make my system more efficient. Earlier i had installed
>> a lot of unnecessary things (whole of gnome and kde etc) and it was
>> not working at full efficiency. My motherboard is intel915 with 3.4G
>> processor and 1G RAM. So initially i did a clean install by
>> downloading minimum bootable i386 stable version from net, copying
>> it on a cd and installing it. I only loaded x-window system and it
>> was quite fast. Now since hyperthreading is allowed on my system, i
>> was told ia64 debian version should work and also give better
>> performance, so i downloaded that from the same site. However when i
>> copy this on a cd and try to boot, it says:
>> Reboot and select proper boot device
>> or Insert Boot Media in selected boot device
>> This happened for both netinst image and business card image. Any ideas
>> why this would be happening? I would like to upgrade to 64 bit if
>> possible. (I downloaded both i386 and ia64 images from the site:
>> but i386 version works, ia64 doesn't)
> Right, ia64 won't work because its designed for Intel's Itanium chips.
> Completely different from Intel's Pentium lineup.
> What you want is AMD64. (of course your CPU must support em64t)
> Intel's Pentium chips 600 series or higher (and some 500 series) should
> em64t support I think.
>> So i went back to i386 and decided to upgrad my kernel because
>> 'dmesg' always warned that 'memory usage was not optimal, only 896M
>> would be used, upgrade kernel.' I used 'apt-get install' to install
>> appropriate kernel version 2.6.x (earlier was 2.4.x) but when i try
>> to boot using this version, i get 'kernel panic' message...also it
>> shows some scsi disk errors, but i have no scsi disks. The entries
>> in /boot/grub/menu.1st seem fine (i.e. it shows /dev/hda1 for root
>> filesystem which is what i have). Is there anything else i need to
>> do? I did try some things suggested online but didn't work.
>> So basically i need guidance on two things:
>> 1> Can i use 64 bit version on my machine? would that improve
>> 2> How to upgrade kernel?
> Sounds like you have SATA disks. On kernel 2.4 they will show has /dev/hdx
> devices. With 2.6, those same drives will now appear as /dev/sdx devices.
> You'll have to update your /etc/fstab and grub otherwise / can't be
> You could consider re-installing from a sarge installer, even an etch
> installer for either i386 or amd64. These installers should give you the
> option to install with a 2.6.x kernel.
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