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Bug#224636: marked as done (grub-installer should offer a way to only install brub to floppy)

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Subject: Installer Report - CD boot problem, IDE_SCSI module prevents IDE CDROM mounting, and inflexibility in options - but good hardware detection and working sound.
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 22:34:04 +0000
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Debian-installer-version: download 21 November - http://gluck.debian.org/
cdimage/testing/netinst/i386/beta-1/sarge-i386-netinst.iso 100MB
uname -a: Linux localhost 2.4.22-1-386 #9 Sat Oct 4 14:30:39 EST 2003 i686=
Date: 25 or 26 Nov.
Method: Tried to boot CD (see comments), failed, and then used floppy image=
boot the CD.
Machine: Self-build. EPOX 8KHA+ Mobo (VIA KT266A, VT8366A and VT8233 onboar=
Processor: AMD XP 1600+
Memory: 256MB DDR
Root Device: IDE (IBM ATA100 HDD) : /dev/hda13
Root Size/partition table: A 5GB single partition on an existing extended=20
Output of lspci:=20
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8366/A/7 [Apollo KT266/A/333]
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8366/A/7 [Apollo KT266/A/333 A=
00:0d.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3cSOHO100-TX Hurricane (rev 3=
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233 PCI to ISA Bridge
00:11.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT82=
A/C/VT8235 PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:11.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 1b)
00:11.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 1b)
00:11.4 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 1b)
00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235 A=
Audio Controller (rev 30)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Matrox Graphics, Inc. MGA G400 AGP (rev =

Base System Installation Checklist:

Initial boot worked: =A0 =A0[E]
Configure network HW: =A0 [O]
Config network: =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 [E]
Detect CD: =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0[E]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives: =A0 =A0 [O]
Partition hard drives: =A0[ ]
Create file systems: =A0 =A0[O]
Mount partitions: =A0 =A0 =A0 [O]
Install base system: =A0 =A0[O]
Install boot loader: =A0 =A0[E]
Reboot: =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 [O]
[O] =3D OK, [E] =3D Error (please elaborate below), [ ] =3D didn't try it

1) This is the first CD that has ever failed to boot on my system. It boote=
d a=20
laptop OK, but my system failed completely. I've installed a range of distr=
on this box - Potato, Woody r0, Woody r1, Slackware 8, 9, 9.1, Mandrake 8.1=
8.2, 9 without any problems booting. I had the first few Sarge unofficial C=
from the .hu mirror and the first of these booted fine. The boot device=20
selector floppy image on the installer CD solved the problem and I was able=
to start the process from the CD after booting the floppy.
2) I suffered the IDE-SCSI module problem (which I hadn't seen at the time)=
As I had got a few of the unofficial Sarge CDs I intended to register them =
apt sources during the install, but this failed. Following the reboot it wa=
clear that this was down to the IDE CD not being mounted. I got round it by=
simply removing the IDE-SCSI module and accessing the CD drive was was then=
3) The network configure with dhcp wouldn't let me leave it unconfigured. I=
have a separate Linux firewall connected by ethernet so my system is a stat=
network with NAT on the firewall. I got around the installer throwing me ba=
to the start of the dhcp config section by skipping ahead to network=20
configuration without dhcp and after this it was ok.
4) I tried to avoid LILO but it refused to let me. I didn't want to re-writ=
my mbr so put /dev/fd0 as the LILO target. It didn't like this for some=20
reason. I then skipped ahead to the GRUB section and set this to a floppy=20
which was OK.
5) My onboard VIA8233 sound chip has given quite a few Debian users a probl=
(as a quick google search will show), and the only real solution has been=20
installing ALSA and recompiling the kernel - no big deal, but inconvenient=
compared to other distros which use ALSA and manage to get sound configured=
in the initial install. It's encouraging that the new Debian Installer=20
managed to get sound working, although it uses the VIA 82cxxx module which=
isn't correct (Knoppix will happily boot my machine and also gets sound=20
running on the VIA 82cxxx module) I haven't had a chance yet to really test=
the sound capabilities, but it does seem fine - a great result for a Debian=

Conclusion : I had several problems, and can't say I particularly liked the=
installer. The hardware detection is certainly improved and is a very=20
positive aspect, but the way that a couple of specific steps tried to preve=
me leaving them was a negative. I doubt that a newbie would have a happy ti=
with the installer on my box.

Suggestions : I'm surprised the network config is split into 2 sections, dh=
and static. I would have thought that this would be 2 options in a single=20
section, maybe with dial-up as a further option as a lot of Debian users wi=
have dial-up as their only network connection. I would also make a floppy a=
prominent option for LILO or GRUB - if you already have a working system I=
think it makes more sense to use a floppy for the first couple of boots=20
rather than overwriting the mbr during a new install.

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From: Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org>
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Subject: Bug#224636: fixed in grub-installer 1.05
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Source: grub-installer
Source-Version: 1.05

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
grub-installer, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to pool/main/g/grub-installer/grub-installer_1.05.dsc
  to pool/main/g/grub-installer/grub-installer_1.05.tar.gz
  to pool/main/g/grub-installer/grub-installer_1.05_i386.udeb

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to 224636@bugs.debian.org,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org> (supplier of updated grub-installer package)

(This message was generated automatically at their request; if you
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Format: 1.7
Date: Sun,  3 Oct 2004 18:34:50 -0400
Source: grub-installer
Binary: grub-installer
Architecture: source i386
Version: 1.05
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Debian Install System Team <debian-boot@lists.debian.org>
Changed-By: Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org>
 grub-installer - Install GRUB on a hard disk (udeb)
Closes: 224636 252562 260486 265949
 grub-installer (1.05) unstable; urgency=low
   * Joey Hess
     - Call grub-install with --recheck to ensure that it scans for devices
       anew when, for example, it's run a second time and told to install to a
       floppy this time. Closes: #265949
     - Support device notation for floppy drive, not just grub notation.
       Closes: #224636, #252562, #260486
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