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Bug#247910: Installation report for beta4 using WUSB11

Package: installation-reports

Debian-installer-version: Beta 4 (http://cdimage.debian.org/pub/cdimage-testing/sarge_d-i/i386/beta4/sarge-i386-netinst.iso)
uname -a: Linux (none) 2.4.25-1-386 #2 Wed Apr 14 19:38:08 EST 2004 i586 unknown
Date: 2004-05-07 17:32:00 EST
Method: From bootable CD burned from downloaded ISO image
Machine: Compaq Presario 1260 laptop
Processor: AMD K6
Memory: 160MB
Root Device: ? Root Size/partition table: ?
Output of lspci: ?

Base System Installation Checklist:

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


The install would not recognize my Linksys WUSB11 v2.8 USB network
adapter and did not include any Atmel AT76C503A driver.

In addition, I have some suggestions for the usability of the installer's
menu system.  Here were my experiences.

At the top of the "Detect network hardware" screen, it says, "If the correct module is not listed, you may need to load additional modules from a driver floppy. In that case, choose the option which indicates that your module is not listed."

I chose "none of the above", at which point I get a warning dialog that precipitates me to the "Debian installer main menu", which says nothing about loading additional modules from a driver floppy. *** This warning dialog should give pretty specific instructions about how to
load drivers from floppy (including kernel version?), but it doesn't. ***

The closest option is "Load installer components from CD". (*** Note: this should probably say "... from CD or floppy. ***) This produces a menu of interesting but (to me) irrelevant components. I choose "Go back", and to my surprise, instead of going back to the main menu, it goes to the "Load installer components from CD" menu (which has not appeared before), which gives me the choice of cdrom- or floppy-retriever. *** Maybe there should be two buttons, one saying "Go back", and one saying, "Load from floppy instead" ***

I don't really know how to proceed with the install, but here's what
I'm guessing I need to do:

Get the sources for the kernel used by the sarge installer; compile
an appropriate driver, following instructions at, e.g.
http://at76c503a.berlios.de/; copy the driver onto a floppy; navigate
to the (well-hidden) screen in the installer allowing loading of
modules from floppy; and hope the sarge installer will know what to do
with it.  Sound OK?  (Doing 'uname -a' at the shell prompt in the
installer indicates that this Sarge CD image is using 2.4.25  and 2.6.5).

Kevin Murphy

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