Bug#287327: debian-installer failure
uname -a: NA - windows machine
Method: <How did you install? What did you boot off? If network
install, from where? Proxied?>
Machine: Dell pentium 4 something
Memory: 512 ?
Root Device: USB
Root Size/partition table: <Feel free to paste the full partition
table, with notes on which partitions are mounted where.>
Output of lspci and lspci -n:
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: [O ]
Create file systems: [O ]
Mount partitions: [O ]
Install base system: [O ]
Install boot loader: [E ]
Reboot: [ ]
Installed into a USB hard-drive.
partition went well (2x)
1st with recommmended partitioning,
2nd with a single partition.
boot-loader install broke the box.
it installed grub into /dev/hda, not the USB drive
which is where the rest of the installation went.
I looked at the various VTs prior to hitting yes, to try to see which drive
it would hit, couldnt tell, and took it on faith that grub setup
would go to the right place.
( and wouldnt you know, the box owner (dad) hadnt made a startup disk )
It would be nice if the installer (or grub itself) were to take
a dd if=(target-device) of=(newroot)/root/$something.
That would have given me a way back.
unfortunately, MBRs borrowed from other machines hasnt fixed it.