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Bug#264449: install report

Package: installation-reports


Debian-installer-version: Sarge RC1 CD1, downloaded with bittorrent
uname -a: Linux decoud 2.6.7-1-386 #1 Thu Jul 8 05:08:04 EDT 2004 i686 GNU/Linux
Date: Aug 8 23:30 EEST
Method: Installed from CD1 and network using http from ftp.fi.debian.org. Booted off CD1.
 	DHCP. 8M/1M ADSL line. No proxy.
Machine: Self-built x86 PC
Processor: AMD Athlon 1.3 GHz
Memory: 1 GB
Root Device: IDE /dev/hdc7
Root Size/partition table:
	  Disk /dev/hdc: 80.0 GB, 80054059008 bytes
	16 heads, 63 sectors/track, 155114 cylinders
	Units = cylinders of 1008 * 512 = 516096 bytes

	   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
	/dev/hdc1               1       40635    20480008+   7  HPFS/NTFS
	/dev/hdc2           40636      155114    57697416    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
	/dev/hdc5           40636       81270    20480008+  83  Linux
	/dev/hdc6           81271      121905    20480008+   b  W95 FAT32
	/dev/hdc7   *      121906      155114    16737304+  83  Linux     (ROOT HERE)

	Disk /dev/hdd: 120.0 GB, 120060444672 bytes
	16 heads, 63 sectors/track, 232632 cylinders
	Units = cylinders of 1008 * 512 = 516096 bytes

	   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
	/dev/hdd1               1      232632   117246496+   b  W95 FAT32

	Output of lspci and lspci -n:
	0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8363/8365 [KT133/KM133] (rev 02)
	0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8363/8365 [KT133/KM133 AGP]
	0000:00:04.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super South] (rev 22)
	0000:00:04.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 10)
	0000:00:04.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 10)
	0000:00:04.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 10)
	0000:00:04.4 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super ACPI] (rev 30)
	0000:00:09.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Audigy (rev 04)
	0000:00:09.1 Input device controller: Creative Labs SB Audigy MIDI/Game port (rev 04)
	0000:00:09.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Creative Labs SB Audigy FireWire Port (rev 04)
	0000:00:0b.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82557/8/9 [Ethernet Pro 100] (rev 08)
	0000:00:11.0 Unknown mass storage controller: Promise Technology, Inc. PDC20265 (FastTrak100 Lite/Ultra100) (rev 02)
	0000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon R100 QD [Radeon 7200]

	0000:00:00.0 0600: 1106:0305 (rev 02)
	0000:00:01.0 0604: 1106:8305
	0000:00:04.0 0601: 1106:0686 (rev 22)
	0000:00:04.1 0101: 1106:0571 (rev 10)
	0000:00:04.2 0c03: 1106:3038 (rev 10)
	0000:00:04.3 0c03: 1106:3038 (rev 10)
	0000:00:04.4 0600: 1106:3057 (rev 30)
	0000:00:09.0 0401: 1102:0004 (rev 04)
	0000:00:09.1 0980: 1102:7003 (rev 04)
	0000:00:09.2 0c00: 1102:4001 (rev 04)
	0000:00:0b.0 0200: 8086:1229 (rev 08)
	0000:00:11.0 0180: 105a:0d30 (rev 02)
	0000:01:00.0 0300: 1002:5144

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


The install was quite smooth and fast and the whole process took just a bit over half an hour. Overall the installer was clearly easier than for Woody. I booted off CD1 and selected Finnish as the language just to see how much of the system was translated. Most of it was, with the exception of some font configuration. Also there was no Finnish language option for KDE. Some word choices seemed odd, though. In particular the apparent references to LVM partitions would have been clearer if they had mentioned "LVM", instead of just the Finnish translation for the term.

I installed the system on a spare partition on a drive that had an existing W2k install and a Debian Sid system. The installer autodetected those and added them to the GRUB menu smoothly. Nice.

I didn't specify mount locations for the existing partitions and consequently they were not available after booting. I wasn't able to find an easy (ie. graphical) way to set up mount points after the install. It would be nice to have a some kind of automatic mountpoint determination system, like the one in Knoppix.

The question about whether or not the hardware clock is set to UTC would be easier to answer if the dialog showed the current hardware clock time. I didn't remember which it was and guessed wrong.

I'm not sure if this should be filed here, but the most annoying bug in the install was that the monitor hsync/vsync limits detection failed and X was left at 1024x768, 60 Hz display mode. Really, really bad for the eyes. Also, I wasn't able to find any obvious tool for reconfiguring this without resorting to manual editing. /var/log/XFree86.0.log said:

(WW) RADEON(0): config file hsync range 28-50kHz not within DDC hsync range 30-110kHz
(WW) RADEON(0): config file vrefresh range 43-75Hz not within DDC vrefresh range 50-160Hz
(II) RADEON(0): SyncMaster: Using hsync range of 28.00-50.00 kHz
(II) RADEON(0): SyncMaster: Using vrefresh range of 43.00-75.00 Hz

...so apparently there was a configuration file that overrides parameters from DDC. I can post
the entire log if you want.

The relevant section in XF86Config-4 is:

Section "Monitor"
        Identifier      "SyncMaster"
        HorizSync       28-50
        VertRefresh     43-75
        Option          "DPMS"

The monitor is a Samsung SyncMaster 959NF.

The sound card (Creative Audigy2) was detected and the proper driver was installed, but master volume was set to zero, so I had to increase it with KMix before I could hear anything. Setting it to a nonzero value by default would be a good idea.

The mouse and keyboard model is "Logitech Cordless Desktop Optical". The mouse has a wheel and a thumb button. The wheel works, but the thumb button is the same as the middle button. The keyboard has all sorts of funny extra keys, and a volume control wheel. None of these work.

The installed kernel had no highmem support, so there was only 907564 kilobytes of physical memory available in the newly installed system instead of the full gigabyte.

Installing the Palm syncronization software by default (or maybe it was part of the "desktop" selection?) seemed odd, in particular because the installer even asked an obscure question about its' configuration.

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