Bug#270339: No option to install via NFS or local filesystem
Debian-installer-version: rc1 (20040801 from
uname -a: Linux sheratan 2.4.26-1-386 #2 Sat May 1 16:31:24 EST 2004
Date: 6. Sept. 2004
Machine: IBM Thinkpad X22 with UltraBase-Floppy
Root Device: IDE (/dev/hda)
Root Size/partition table:
Disk /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/disc: 20.0 GB, 20003880960 bytes
240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2584 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 = 7741440 bytes
Device Boot Start End
Blocks Id System
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part1 * 1 646
4883728+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part2 647 1034
2933280 83 Linux (/)
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part3 1035 1099
491400 82 Linux swap
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part4 1100 2478
10425240 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part5 2018 2275
1950448+ 83 Linux (not mounted)
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part6 2276 2478
1534648+ 83 Linux (not mounted)
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part7 1100 1487
2933217 83 Linux (/home)
Partition table entries are not in disk order
Output of lspci and lspci -n:
(lspci is not available; cat /proc/pci shows this:)
PCI devices found:
Bus 0, device 0, function 0:
Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82830 830 Chipset Host Bridge (rev 2).
Prefetchable 32 bit memory at 0xd0000000 [0xdfffffff].
Bus 0, device 1, function 0:
PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82830 830 Chipset AGP Bridge (rev 2).
Master Capable. Latency=96. Min Gnt=12.
Bus 0, device 29, function 0:
USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM USB (Hub #1) (rev 1).
I/O at 0x1800 [0x181f].
Bus 0, device 29, function 1:
USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM USB (Hub #2) (rev 1).
I/O at 0x1820 [0x183f].
Bus 0, device 29, function 2:
USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM USB (Hub #3) (rev 1).
I/O at 0x1840 [0x185f].
Bus 0, device 30, function 0:
PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801BAM/CAM PCI Bridge (rev 65).
Master Capable. No bursts. Min Gnt=4.
Bus 0, device 31, function 0:
ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801CAM ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 1).
Bus 0, device 31, function 1:
IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801CAM IDE U100 (rev 1).
I/O at 0x1860 [0x186f].
Non-prefetchable 32 bit memory at 0x10000000 [0x100003ff].
Bus 0, device 31, function 3:
SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM SMBus Controller (rev 1).
I/O at 0x1880 [0x189f].
Bus 0, device 31, function 5:
Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM AC'97 Audio
Controller (rev 1).
I/O at 0x1c00 [0x1cff].
I/O at 0x18c0 [0x18ff].
Bus 1, device 0, function 0:
VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon Mobility M6
LY (rev 0).
Master Capable. Latency=66. Min Gnt=8.
Prefetchable 32 bit memory at 0xe0000000 [0xe7ffffff].
I/O at 0x2000 [0x20ff].
Non-prefetchable 32 bit memory at 0xc0100000 [0xc010ffff].
Bus 2, device 3, function 0:
CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev 128).
Master Capable. Latency=168. Min Gnt=128.Max Lat=5.
Non-prefetchable 32 bit memory at 0x50000000 [0x50000fff].
Bus 2, device 3, function 1:
CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (#2) (rev 128).
Master Capable. Latency=168. Min Gnt=128.Max Lat=5.
Non-prefetchable 32 bit memory at 0x50100000 [0x50100fff].
Bus 2, device 5, function 0:
Communication controller: Lucent Microelectronics WinModem 56k (rev 1).
Master Capable. No bursts. Min Gnt=252.Max Lat=14.
Non-prefetchable 32 bit memory at 0xc0201000 [0xc02010ff].
I/O at 0x7440 [0x7447].
I/O at 0x7000 [0x70ff].
Bus 2, device 8, function 0:
Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82801CAM (ICH3) PRO/100 VE (LOM)
Ethernet Controller (rev 65).
Master Capable. Latency=66. Min Gnt=8.Max Lat=56.
Non-prefetchable 32 bit memory at 0xc0200000 [0xc0200fff].
I/O at 0x7400 [0x743f].
Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
Initial boot worked: 
Configure network HW: 
Config network: 
Detect CD: [ ]
Load installer modules: [E/0] *
Detect hard drives: 
Partition hard drives: 
Create file systems: 
Mount partitions: 
Install base system: [E/0] *
Install boot loader: 
Originally, I intended to boot this Laptop from floppy and access the
install DVD inside my desktop PC via NFS (the Laptop does not have any
drives installed; only a floppy drive in the UltraBase). Unfortunately,
I had to see that there is apparently no way to access a NFS server
(unless, maybe, via TFTP boot, but here I needed to rely on existing
infrastructure). Alternatively, I would have had the possibility of
copying the installation files into an unused partition, but there also
seems to be no way of telling the installer where to find them. Please,
pleeease teach the installer how to use NFS or local drives...
If NFS installation is possible and I just overlooked the menu entry,
you are hereby given the right to come over and whack me :-)
Afterwards, I took the laptop to a LAN and did a network install with
floppy boot. Basically the install worked; there are just some things
I'd like to mention:
- The "region selection" option in the main menu is only available if
"install drivers from floppy" has been selected and a driver floppy
(either cdrom or net) has been loaded; this seems a bit strange.
- ping is not available on the console when setting up the network; this
makes it a little hard to figure out whether the network has been
configured properly if downloading packages fails.
- * During two installs, the first access to the selected ftp server
failed twice (when fetching the release file as well as the installer
components); the second run always worked without problems. Maybe it was
only just a network failure, though accessing the servers works quite
- In the screen prior to Harddisk partitioning there is one word too
much ("..Linux won't know anything nothing about the modifications...")
- During partitioning, the new /home partition got ID 7 although I freed
ID 5 shortly before by deleting an old partition. This is IMHO good
default behaviour, but in expert mode maybe some people would like to
assign partition numbers by hand.
- When I did the install for the first time, I did not install a
bootloader, but tried to boot again with the floppy by using the
"root=/dev/hda2" parameter. This option is ignored and the system boots
straight into the installation again. If there is still room left on the
floppies, maybe it would be nice to have a rescue mode or something.
Greetings & Best regards (...and keep up the good work! (best start with
implementing NFS install ;-))