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Bug#248505: marked as done (d-i b4 failed to recognize Windows XP Pro on NTFS)

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Package: installation-reports


  from April 30, 2004

uname -a: Linux potamus 2.4.25-q #1 Fri Mar 19 10:49:58 EST 2004 i686 GNU/Linux
Date: May 2, 2004
Method: Booted from CD with netinst image
Machine: HP Omnibook 6100
Processor: P-III 1 GHz
Memory: 512 MB
Root Device: /dev/hda (boot from /dev/hda2)
Root Size/partition table:  Feel free to paste the full partition
      table, with notes on which partitions are mounted where.

Disk /dev/hda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes
240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7752 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 = 7741440 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1               1         145     1096168+  a0  IBM Thinkpad hibernation
/dev/hda2   *         146         159      105840   83  Linux
/dev/hda3             160        1108     7174440    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda4            1109        7752    50228640    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5            1109        2010     6819088+  83  Linux
/dev/hda6            2011        2912     6819088+  83  Linux
/dev/hda7            2913        5246    17645008+  83  Linux
/dev/hda8            5247        7580    17645008+   b  W95 FAT32
/dev/hda9            7581        7752     1300288+  82  Linux swap

Partition uses:
  hda1: hibernation/maintenance partition
  hda2: /boot
  hda3: Windows XP Pro :-(
  hda5: /
  hda6: (spare, not formatted)
  hda7: /u1 -- personal data only
  hda8: /u2 -- personal data only, shared with XP

Output of lspci and lspci -n:

0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82830 830 Chipset Host Bridge (rev 02)
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82830 830 Chipset AGP Bridge (rev 02)
0000:00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM USB (Hub #1) (rev 01)
0000:00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801BAM/CAM PCI Bridge (rev 41)
0000:00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801CAM ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 01)
0000:00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801CAM IDE U100 (rev 01)
0000:00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM SMBus Controller (rev 01)
0000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon Mobility M6 LY
0000:02:03.0 Multimedia audio controller: ESS Technology ES1988 Allegro-1 (rev 12)
0000:02:04.0 Communication controller: Lucent Microelectronics LT WinModem (rev 02)
0000:02:05.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1420
0000:02:05.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1420
0000:02:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82801CAM (ICH3) PRO/100 VM (KM) Ethernet Controller (rev 41)

0000:00:00.0 Class 0600: 8086:3575 (rev 02)
0000:00:01.0 Class 0604: 8086:3576 (rev 02)
0000:00:1d.0 Class 0c03: 8086:2482 (rev 01)
0000:00:1e.0 Class 0604: 8086:2448 (rev 41)
0000:00:1f.0 Class 0601: 8086:248c (rev 01)
0000:00:1f.1 Class 0101: 8086:248a (rev 01)
0000:00:1f.3 Class 0c05: 8086:2483 (rev 01)
0000:01:00.0 Class 0300: 1002:4c59
0000:02:03.0 Class 0401: 125d:1988 (rev 12)
0000:02:04.0 Class 0780: 11c1:0450 (rev 02)
0000:02:05.0 Class 0607: 104c:ac51
0000:02:05.1 Class 0607: 104c:ac51
0000:02:08.0 Class 0200: 8086:1038 (rev 41)

Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

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:    [O]
Mount partitions:       [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Install boot loader:    [O]
Reboot:                 [O]


This was a great install experience.

All the issues I reported in beta2 and beta3 are resolved.  (I've
already closed the older installation reports.)

The only problem was that my Windows XP partition was not detected.  I
had manually partitioned using fdisk from a recovery disk before
installing because I was doing various other drive rearrangement.  At
the time I booted, I had the factory master boot record (which just
boots from the "active" partition), and /dev/hda2 was already marked
bootable but did not have a valid file system on it.  (In other words,
my machine was not a state where it could be booted without a floppy
or CD.)  Windows XP was fully operational, however and could be booted
manually from the grub prompt (rootnoverify (hd0,2), chainloader +1).

For what it's worth, my XP partition was installed from a Norton Ghost
2003 image of the original factory installed image from HP.  It's
running on NTFS.  Since I almost never boot into XP, it's pretty

On my desktop work system with Windows 2000 Pro on a VFAT partition
and RedHat 9 on an extended partition, d-i b4 was able to detect both
operating systems and put correct entries in menu.lst.

Also, it would be nice if debian-installer would have put a 686 kernel
instead of a 386 kernel on my machine.  This is particularly true on
my desktop which has a P4 with hyperthreading and needs an smp kernel
to take advantage of that fact.  (I will send this comment in a
separate wishlist bug report.)

Jay Berkenbilt <ejb@ql.org>

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That you for your installation reports. Glad the installation went smoothly.

The issue you reported with d-i not recognizing your NTFS XP partition is a 
known error for Beta 4 and has been fixed in the daily builds.
See: http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/errata

Selection of the right kernel _is_ supported by d-i, but due to size 
considerations (limited to about 100MB) only the i386 kernel is included on 
the netinst iso.
The full debian CD's will support a choice of kernels.
Also, you are offered a choice of kernels if you use the businesscard iso as 
the kernel will be downloaded from a mirror.

I am closing both reports as there were no other issues.

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