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Bug#230445: FWD: "INSTALL REPORT" d-i

Package: installation-reports
 The following installation report was posted to debian-boot, and,
 according to my records, never followed up on. I am putting it in the
 BTS so it will not be lost.

----- Forwarded message from Markus Amersdorfer <der.plusch@subnet.at> -----

From: Markus Amersdorfer <der.plusch@subnet.at>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2004 16:47:21 +0100
To: tfheen@debian.org
Subject: "INSTALL REPORT" d-i
X-Mailer: Sylpheed version 0.9.8a (GTK+ 1.2.10; i686-pc-linux-gnu)


Debian-installer-version: 20040103,
uname -a:
  Linux (none) 2.4.22-1-386 #9 Sat Oct 4 14:30:39 EST 2003 i686 unknown
Date: 20040119, 14:30
Method: Booted from CDROM, nothing special.

Machine: HP Pavilion k345
  See http://produkte.hp-austria.at/catalog/1065 for a link
  to specifications. Changes made to the machine: Additional RAM,
  additional NIC (with Realtek 8139D).
Processor: Athlon XP 2800+
Memory: 786 MB DDR-RAM (PC2700)
Root Device: IDE (Primary Master)
Root Size/partition table:
  First partition (60 GB) NTFS with HP's default OS.
  Second (also primary) partition (10 GB) "Linux"
  (I created this partition with the d-i's "cfdisk" program).

Output of lspci: (Using Knoppix 3.3)
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8377 [KT400 AGP] Host
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8235 PCI Bridge
00:05.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
  RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
00:07.0 Communication controller: Intel Corp. 536EP Data Fax Modem
00:0c.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. IEEE 1394 Host
  Controller (rev 46)
00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 80)
00:10.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 80)
00:10.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 80)
00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 82)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8235 ISA Bridge
00:11.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc.
  VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT8233/A/C/VT8235 PIPC Bus Master IDE
 (rev 06)
00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc.
  VT8233/A/8235 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 50)
00:12.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102
  [Rhine-II](rev 74)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation
  NV34 [GeForce FX 5200] (rev a1)

Base System Installation Checklist:

Initial boot worked:    [O]
Configure network HW:   [O]
Config network:         [O]
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [O]
Create file systems:    [E]
Mount partitions:       [ ]
Install base system:    [ ]
Install boot loader:    [ ]
Reboot:                 [ ]
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it


1. Problem:
The problem occured after partitioning the disk and choosing "Finish":
The install process just "hung". Watching kernel messages on ALT+F3 (I
think), it said the following:

  Using /lib/modules/..../jbd.o
  Using /lib/modules/..../ext3.o
  Using /lib/modules/..../reiserfs.o
  Using /lib/modules/..../jfs.o
  insmod: xfs.o: no module by that name found
  modprobe: failed to load module xfs

Checking /lib/modules/.../, I couldn't find xfs.o by hand either.

Pressing CTRL+C resulted in "nothing" once and in a "Kernel Ooops"

2. Problem (general Linux-Problem!?):
The VIA-Rhine-II NIC (onboard) is not properly supported by the kernel.
Though it is recognized and the module is loaded, the NIC doesn't work
(no DHCP, etc.).
As I had the same problems with the Mandrake 9.2 install CD, I think
it's just a Linux kernel problem, so nothing directly related to d-i.

3. "HCI":
"Configure the Network" should IMHO show the kernel-module assigned to
the available NICs listed. This way it would be possible to distinguish
between 2 different NICs (such as is the case in my machine: Via Rhine
and Realtek).
Currently, it only says "eth0" and "eth1", one has to guess here ...

4. "HCI":
In case of DHCP-failure, it would be great if one could go back to the
NIC-menu without having to go through the manual network-settings and
finally have a - for an unexperienced user probably quite overwhelming -
menu of all possibly d-i steps.

Anyway, many thanks for your great and hard work!

Markus A.

The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we're all damaged.
                       <Cpt. Picard, "The Drumhead", StarTrek TNG>


----- End forwarded message -----
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