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Re: 4.0u0 and testing crash during install on Lynx

Hi Ondřej,

On Wed, Apr 25, 2007 at 09:33:19PM +0200, Ondřej Hošek wrote:

> I have recently decided to revitalize the AlphaServer a colleague 
> procured three years ago (it's been just standing around the place ever 
> since) with Debian. The hardware configuration:

> Machine: AlphaServer 2100A R4/xxx (Lynx)
> - 1 CPU (? MHz), 1 memory module (? MB)
> - VGA: S3 PCI card
> - Network: 3Com 100BASE-TX
> - Firmware: newest available from ftp.digital.com
> - CD-ROM: SCSI, identifies itself software-wise as from DEC, top sticker 
> shows ancient Toshiba logo

> At the beginning of the netinst's network hardware detection (both 4.0u0 
> and current 'testing', progress indicator at 0%), the background turns 
> from blue to red and the "blinking underscore" cursor appears at the 
> bottom of the screen. The dialog window shows no sign of an error; I 
> seem to have landed back on the SRM console (I can't see what I am 
> typing, only that the underscore moves with each character), since 
> typing "init"  and hitting Enter re-initializes the I/O buses and 
> returns me to a "readable" P00 prompt.

> Watching the syslog on VT4 sadly does not yield any interesting 
> information when debugging is turned off.

> Has anybody come across this problem before?

> Tomorrow, I'm going to try to start the installation with 
> DEBIAN_FRONTEND=text, since newt is probably the culprit of me not 
> seeing what the box is trying to tell me after a choke. I will post 
> results (if any) as well as the missing pieces of the hardware 
> configuration.

> Thanks for putting up with me and my 2100A (didn't Linux gain Lynx 
> support only recently?)!

I'm afraid I don't have any knowledge whatsoever of Lynx systems and how
they work with Debian -- I think this is the first I've heard of the "Lynx"
class at all.  Maybe someone else on the list has one of these, but my guess
is that you're breaking new ground for Debian alpha by trying this install.

If you can get some readable output with the text interface, I'll see what I
can do to help fix it, or at least direct the bug report in the right

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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