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Bug#257771: i386 netboot: 2.4 garbled, 2.6 broken

On Tue, 6 Jul 2004 06:53:47 +0200, Christian Perrier wrote:

>Quoting Herbert Kaminski (Herbert.Kaminski@t-online.de):
>> Machine: plain vanilla i386 from parts
>> Processor: AMD K6-2 500MHz
>> Memory: 96MB
>> Root Device: 40GB IDE /dev/hdb1
>> Root Size/partition table: 39GB ext3 on hdb1, 512 MB swap on hdb5
>Did you already make earlier tests of d-i with this machine ?

Yes, please see bug #257411 and follow-ups. Those were installs with
netinst and businesscard isos. Other netboot installs on this hardware 
succeeded earlier than that.

>"lspci -v" and "lspci -n" output could help, though I'm unsure

Just in case, here it comes:
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C598 [Apollo MVP3] (rev 04)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C598/694x [Apollo MVP3/Pro133x AGP]
00:07.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C596 ISA [Mobile South] (rev 12)
00:07.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:07.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 08)
00:07.3 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C596 Power Management (rev 20)
00:11.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C (rev 10)
00:12.0 VGA compatible controller: S3 Inc. 86c764/765 [Trio32/64/64V+] (rev 54)

00:00.0 Class 0600: 1106:0598 (rev 04)
00:01.0 Class 0604: 1106:8598
00:07.0 Class 0601: 1106:0596 (rev 12)
00:07.1 Class 0101: 1106:0571 (rev 06)
00:07.2 Class 0c03: 1106:3038 (rev 08)
00:07.3 Class 0600: 1106:3050 (rev 20)
00:11.0 Class 0200: 10ec:8139 (rev 10)
00:12.0 Class 0300: 5333:8811 (rev 54)

>As this is, IIRC, the first version with 2.6.7, this could be an
>unknown bug yet.

Meanwhile, I found that this happens only when selecting 'testing'
as 'Debian version to install' in the mirro mask, According to 'lsmod', 
the complete IDE stuff seems to be missing then, among others. 

When selecting 'unstable', many more modules are downloaded, 
the hard disks are recognized and partitioned just fine.

But then, installing the base system fails. VC4, shows an error message
about a syntax error in base-installer.postinst: 'Unexpected "fi" 
expecting "then"' . 
I made a screenshot, see http://www.medvillage.de/debian/ .


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