Re: ethernet card problem
On 25/03/12 20:45, Alan Kerns wrote:
> Thanks Scott.
> This gets more fascinating and bizarre.
> Option (1) seems to require implementation from within a working system
> the same as the target system for the installer.
Yes. I don't know your situation Alan, so I quickly gave a list of
options to cover a variety of needs.
> So to Option (2). Accessing the website and each subdirectory was
> agonizingly slow. But we got there in the end. And
> <firmware-6.0.4-amd64-netinst.iso> was downloaded, md5sum checked, and
> burnt to a CD.
> Thence to installation - and the same deadstop occurred when searching
> for network hardware.
Alt+F4 would probably give you some more insight into what the install
is doing at that point.
> When I got to ejecting the CD, I noticed the file manager named it
> That is: it was actually the standard installer.
Were the md5 sums the same for both CDs? If they're *not* the same, then
neither are the CDs, regardless of the name.
> Flabergasted, I very carefully repeated the procedure with precisely the
> same outcome.
That is also strange
> Dear oh dear, what the hell is going on here? Are there saboteurs at
> work? Paranoid question - but it makes no sense: the live DVD boots OK,
> so must include the non-free firmware, but the installer launched from
> within the live DVD cannot access the firmware that is on the DVD.
It's a problem the Live CD conveniently sidesteps. ie. the driver won't
work until the system is installed, with a net install the system can't
be installed until the driver works....
> The hours wasted, and the mounting frustration, lead me to ask again:
> what ethernet card(s) will definitely work with the standard installer?
AMD PC-Net 32
I've met very very few NICs that aren't supported.
Realtek have recently exhibited problems during the installation,
apparently it doesn't happen after the install so.
If it were me:-
install another NIC for the install if you've got one handy (disable the
other in the BIOS if it's built-in, remove it if it's not).
partition and format the drives, populate /var/cache/apt/archives with
the needed packages prior to running the installer
> Alan Kerns
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