Bug#52073: Problem installing the Operating System Kernel and Modules
network card: none
pcmcia: bay in place, but no card present
disk: 540M IDE
I have tried every permutation known to man to install Debian to no avail. I
get dbootstrap to work all right -- so I must be using rawrite2 properly to
create the disk images. I get the files system initialized and mounted to /.
Then I try to actually install the Operating System Kernal and Modules from
/dev/fd0; I insert the Rescue Floppy in the drive and (occasionally) get:
"Cannot read /floppy/type.txt : Invalid argument." What I always get are the
next messages: "Mount failed; unable to mount the rescue floppy" and then
"Floppy error; The attempt to extract the Rescue Floppy failed." I have
tried re-downloading the floppy images dozens of times. I tried the
resc1440tecra.bin as well, all with the same result.
I even repartitioned the drives so as to have a FAT16 partition; I then used
a DOS recovery disk to copy files to the FAT16 partition. I then
successfully ran install.bat, which loaded up the Debian linux dbootstrap
program from the FAT hard disk. But, I get the same error when I try to load
up from floppies. And I dont seem able to copy the base disks over to the
hard drive. When I try to mount the floppy device, I get an error. If I try
to copy the disk image over under DOS, it can't see the file I created for
base14_1.bin (naturally, as it isn't a DOS compatible format). I even tried
to toggle the DOS compatibility feature of "mount" from the thin shell under
dbootstrap. But none of these permutations have met with any success.
Are there any suggestions? I can't seem to come up with another workaround.
(CD is out -- not wanting to plow money into a CD when I don't know if the
unit will work with Debian).
Really, somehow or other the floppies ought to work. They work for
everything else I have ever done, so I find it hard to believe that this is
all "buggy hardware" as the installation suggests.
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