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Bug#248363: installation-reports: Sarge netinst beta-4 on Dell Latitude CPi



Package: installation-reports

(This install tries onto a machine which I had a hard time installing
 other distro and OSs.  The same CD as one used for #248110, so it is
 known good CD image.)

Debian-installer-version: sarge-i386-netinst.iso Beta-4
uname -a: 2.4.25-1-386 #2 ..... i686
Method: Tried expert mode

Machine: Dell Latitude CPi
Processor: P2
Memory: 256MB
Root Device: / = hda3 (5G), /boot = hda1 (0.5G), swap = hda2 (0.5G)

Conclusion: With minor gliches, d-i install was success.

Key hardware issues: 
 * CD-ROM has slow spin-up (Also this could not read CD-RW as boot media)
 * This is equipped with ISA(CS) based PCMCIA network card but d-i did
   not offer easy access of PCMCIA cards during initial boot process.

Base System Installation Checklist: (with 2.4 kernel: expert)
Initial boot worked:    [O] (No fancy graphic boot screen)
Configure network HW:   [E]  
Config network:         [O]
Detect CD:              [E] (Manually mounted)
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [O] (Used manual partition)
Create file systems:    [O]
Mount partitions:       [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Install boot loader:    [O]
Reboot:                 [O]
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Note:
Thanks to TAB-capable d-i shell, it was not too difficult to type 
ide-cdrom file location to mount it to /cdrom.  (unlike normal
/dev/cdrom/cdrom1 mounted to /cdrom, I ended up mounting
/dev/ide-the-long-devfs-name to /cdrom).

Since d-i did not offer PCMCIA card service (ISA) during install but 
installs pcmcia-cs package, after reboot I was left with empty 
/etc/network/interface and /etc/apt/sources.list.

They were manually created with vi and apt-setup.

Comment for improvement:
*** CD ****:
If mounting fails, second trial should have option to do mounting
slower.  (It looked to me some auto-mounter is used.)

Slowing timeout of mounting process may be what is needed.  This may be
the feature to accommodate more hardwares.  (Did I miss some boot
parameters?  If so, excuse me.)

Also "verify CD" dialogue (which of course failed this time) needs to
have some way to mount slowly too.

**** PCMCIA/NET ****:
I do not care to configure network automatically during the first boot
process (it is nice though), but having some dialogue to set network
skelton (DHCP vs. FIXED IP) and run apt-setup will be nice.  (Skelton is
a template file copied from /u/s/d/ifupdown/examples/*)

Just having extra entry for network cards and some simple hack is all
it needed.  

The supported network cards seem to assume PCI-type 32bit-cardbus.  Not
everyone have that although it is getting rare to see 10baseT ISA card.

Osamu




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