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Re: speakup Debian installer; also booting from cdrom and adding brltty

Hi.  I'm working with the access floppies.  I am still just writing the
3 floppies to disks.

On Tue, Sep 28, 2004 at 11:21:07AM -0500, Cheryl Homiak wrote:
> last night I made a bootable cd from the accessible boot.img at 
> http://people.debian.org/~joeyh/d-i/images/daily/floppy/access since my 
> desktop computer's bios can be 
> made to boot either from cdrom or floppy but I can't change them back and 
> forth by myself. I then put the root floppy in when it was requested. by 
> doing this I found that both brltty and speakup do start up ok. However, I 
> ran into a problem; when I went to download installer components the 
> kernel modules couldn't be found and the suggested reason was that my 
> kernel didn't match the ones on the mirror. do I have to use a particular 
> mirror to get modules for the 2.4.27 speakup-enabled kernel? Or is it 

I get the same error.  If I tell the installer to get a kernel, then I
end up with a kernel-image-2.4.27-k7 package instead of the speakup
kernel package.  I'm not sure how to fix this.  This system is a K7, so
the package would be corect if I didn't need speakup.  Since you can use
braille, you can let it install the corect kernel for your system and just
install the speakup kernel after the install completes.  Don't forget to
edit menu.lst after you install the speakup kernel so you will have a
long enough delay to make a choice at the grub boot prompt.


> I also have a second question. with woody, I am able to boot from the 
> cdrom and then use
> tar xzf /dev/fd0
> to copy brltty from a floppy disk image into the running root system. then 
> I can type
> dbootstrap
> and am able to continue with the install in text mode.
> However, I can't do this with any of the sarge cds. I get "no such file or 
> directory" when I try to do the tar command using /dev/fd0. However, the 
> floppy is definitely being used for the root image and for loading 
> drivers. I do realize that the new installer is completely different 
> from the old one used with woody, but is there a way of accessing the 
> floppy deliberately from the 
> shell? I don't particularly want to mount the floppy but I need to be able 
> to untar the image that's on the floppy I have in what should be /dev/fd0. 

I think you are running into the fact that the Sarge installer is using
devfs.  I don't know the devfs name for /dev/fd0, but you should be able
to find out by looking in /dev.  Just use alt right arrow to switch to
console 2 after the system boots to look around.

> If I could use the floppy from the shell to add brltty I could install 
> booting from debian cds without having to use any special access floppies 
> or cds unless I also wanted speakup--that is, if dbootstrap can still be 
> used.
> Tia.
Not sure what you mean.  I wouldn't mix Woody and Sarge installers.

Hope this helps.

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