Problems installing wheezy
Hello everyone, this is my first post here.
I am facing lot of problems in installing wheezy.
1) I downloaded the dvd-1 image of amd-64 precisely debian-7.1.0-amd64-DVD-1 for installing wheezy. I checked the md5sum of my downloaded file and it was the same as of the original. So the image was verified.
Being a hybrid image, I just ran the following commands to make a bootable usb stick
cp debian-7.1.0-amd64-DVD-1.iso /dev/sdc/
As expected the files were copied to the usb. But when I booted my machine, it said isolinux missing or something, ie the bootable stick failed.
I then used win32diskimager and it failed too.
After that I used unetbootin which made the usb bootable and the installation started too, but the installation failed saying the CD-ROM does not seem to contain a valid "release" file.
As a last resort trying to install through usb, I used universal usb installer, which worked. I made all the partition, set all the passwords and did other settings, but this installation failed too, this time on base installation step saying that it could not download the following packages.
liblzma (and two more)
The only reason of mine downloading the dvd image of around 4 gb was to avoid using internet as I don't have access to Internet at home.
I don't know whats the problem, I have been at it since two days and still unable to install debian. I will be getting a blank dvd and will try to burn the image and install it (tomorrow as its 4 am here) Some guys at #debian said that usb stick never works for installing debian .
2) I was an ubuntu user for the past 4 years and have decided to move on (thanks to the illogical changes to their vision) and made up my mind to install debian. As I was very new to installing linux 4 years back, I had managed to create just one big partition and mounted it as /.
So this time before updating to debian, I moved my /home partition to an altogether new partition and wanted to mount my /home to this new partition while installing debian. Now as I was unable to install debian (see #1) I installed mint, and mounted that new partition as /home. Now that /home contained a .config folder which is giving many errors at startup on mint,
Will it happen in debian? Should I really backup my /home partition. While on ubuntu I had compiled many software and libraries in my /home folder itself. Will they all work again in debian (or mint) or do I need to install them again? I had also backed up my /home to an external hardisk so I can just copy paste real important stuff into my new home partition on debian (or mint) later.
(I was a newbie and didn't new that I should have moved those source files to a partition like /usr/ or /opt before compiling them)
Thats it, those are the two problems that I am facing as of yet. I do not want to give up so easily, and I really want to be a part of this community. Please help me.
(if your have reached here and are still reading
Thanks (for not getting annoyed at such a big post)