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Bug#238473: marked as done ([i386] [20040218] [CD 2] boot issue, sym8xxx issue, no udebs on CD; could not install)

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Debian-installer-version: 18 feb 2004, Sid snapshot 20040218
uname -a: Linux wolfathlon 2.4.24 #5 SMP Wed Feb 18 15:18:37 EST 2004 i686
Date: 07 march 2004
Method: boot off cd 2(emulate floppy) attemped cd install

Machine: Gigabyte 6BXD, symbios 896 dual channel scsi controller, matrox

Processor: 2 x PIII 600 Mhz
Memory: 394 MegBytes
Root Device: SCSI  /dev/sdb5
Root Size/partition table:
/dev/sdb5               521748    220348    274896  45% /
/dev/sda5              2018816   1220348    695916  64% /usr
/dev/sdb6              2688044   1573132    978364  62% /usr/local
/dev/sda6              5766244   3455476   2017856  64% /usr/local/archive
/dev/sdc1              9612500   8511192    613016  94% /mirror
/dev/sdc5             38467204   3127284  33385876   9%
/dev/sdd1              4127076    858804   3058628  22% /home

Output of lspci:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge
(rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge
(rev 02)
00:07.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02)
00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 02)
00:09.0 SCSI storage controller: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic 53c896 (rev 05)
00:09.1 SCSI storage controller: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic 53c896 (rev 05)
00:0b.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c900 Combo [Boomerang]
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Matrox Graphics, Inc. MGA G550 AGP (rev

Initial boot worked:    [O]
Configure network HW:   [ ]
Config network:         [ ]
Detect CD:              [E]
Load installer modules: [E]
Detect hard drives:     [ ]
Partition hard drives:  [ ]
Create file systems:    [ ]
Mount partitions:       [ ]
Install base system:    [ ]
Install boot loader:    [ ]
Reboot:                 [ ]
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it


<Description of the install, in prose, and any thoughts, comments
      and ideas you had during the initial install.>

Booted from  2nd cd as symbios will not boot isolinux. No splash screen...
in fact no ID at all,Installer version date found on floppy images on CD
1. On Detect CD following  error "modules sym8xxx not availible",infact
modules is present. Changed to 2nd console loaded module with "modprobe
sym8xxx",at present not sure of exact module name. Modules loaded OK.
Retried "Detect CD" stacks of error messages from various ide chipset
modules and CD detected OK.
Loaded 2 modules, to fast to see what they were, Only menu Items were
verify CD and execute shell and reboot. Therefore not able to continue
Install. Verify CD did nothing.
I really really really would like to have control over what hardware was
probe for.... there is a menu for this but it does not work. I have
an other box which has a Gigabyte 6BXDU motherboard an this consistantly
has failed on ALL auto hardware probes from various Linux distros on the
AIC7xxx module. This not good as I cannot easily load linux (except
Slackware) on it.
I have been using linux for 10 and a bit years and debian since well
before 1.0 (On cd's not having a wide band internet connection) while
boot-floppy's install was not particularly easy it was EXTREMLY flexible.
I have seen various versions of the current installer and my impression is
that in an effort to make it easy flexibilty is being sacrificed. I would
consider it a great tragedy that in order to make a "11 click" install
(debian weekly news) that you could only install debian (or infact any
linux distro) on 95% of computors.

Any further info required drop me a line.

Lindsay Washusen

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The problems with the sym53c8xx controller are apparently fixed in
pre-rc2 of the installer.

see shy jo

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