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sarge-i386-netinst-tc1: mixed results

On two different desktop machines, neither of which had any challenging
components(1), it just worked nicely(2).  Granted, I haven't gone any
further with either of them than the post-reboot minimal add-ons and
updates in aptitude...

The other machine I tried was a Dell Inspiron 8000 that already had a
scratch install of Woody (serving as the master boot dispatcher and
place to stand while using a lever on awkwardly-placed partitions), a
fairly complete Libranet, and of course a Windows game partition.  I
had a nice empty 4G of disk set aside for Sarge, but it's not going to
get there the netinst-tc1 way.

Everything went fine until it came to starting card services, at which
point it locked up.  After 5 minutes, the only thing responding was the
power switch.  :-(  I tried the aix7xxx=no_probe option, not because I
really expected it to work, but because it was there nect to the word
"Dell".  Well, except for hw-detect/pcmcia-start=no (or however
that was spelled), which, naturally, got right past the former sticking
point... and turned very red a moment later because, oops, the PCMCIA
ethercard (a nice old Xircom, Prism chipset, and BTW that was the only
card plugged in) wasn't working.  Not a surprise, alas.

So that's how it's been going over here.  Mostly good, laptops remain
sometimes troublesome.  Oh, I didn't think to try the 2.6 alternative,
did I?  Wouldn't be very relevant, since I'm not interested in degree
of instability right now - Sarge on the dual-boot project box will
absorb enough spare time.  :-)

Predictably, I'm not subscribed to the list, so I probably won't see
replies sent only there.

(1) P3/850 on an Asus CUBX-E with 384MB, Matrox Mystique on PCI; the
other was an XP2400+ on a G7DXE with 512MB, old TNT2 AGP video.  Both
had boring IDE HD and CD... nothing challenging, every part has helped
make Linux run in some earlier configuration or another.  :-)

(2) I'm not yet certain whether the new [manual] partitioning is great
or just not too bad.  I miss the usual [c]fdisk listing, but the
integration with formatting and mount point assignment is sweet.  I may
have to do a few more installs to help me decide.

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