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Debian-installer-version: sarge-i386-netinst.iso dated 26-12-2004 from
uname -a: cannot get to the point where I can issue the command
Date: 26-11-2004 13.15 GMT+1
Method: net install boot attempt from boot CD (downloaded ISO, burnt into
Cd, booted from CD).

Machine: HP Kayak UW model series 4xxx
Processor: 1 x Xeon 450
Memory: 384 (256 + 128 MB)
Root Device: SCSI - ID 0 - IBM
Root Size/partition table: root ("/") = 9GB

Output of lspci and lspci -n:  cannot get to the point where I can issue the

Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Initial boot worked:    [E]
Configure network HW:   [ ]
Config network:         [ ]
Detect CD:              [ ]
Load installer modules: [ ]
Detect hard drives:     [ ]
Partition hard drives:  [ ]
Create file systems:    [ ]
Mount partitions:       [ ]
Install base system:    [ ]
Install boot loader:    [ ]
Reboot:                 [ ]

Cannot install as I am unable to go past initial boot (what I get, afert
typing the image name, is just:

Loading /install/vmlinuz........
Loading /install/initrd.gz............................
_    <---- blincking cursor

Kayak UW mounts dual processor motherboard (in my case I have only one) with
built-it Adaptec AIC-7880 SCSI controller (16 bit, Ultra Wide). System has 2
SCSI discs 9Gb each, no IDE discs and one ATAPI cd-rom reader.

Problem seems to be SCSI controller support: I trieded all boot images, and
most of the SCSI-related parameters with no luck. It seems to be a kernel
regression, support for SCSI controller is broken. Note: if I use Woody 3.0
r3, and boot from the second distro disc typing "linux" the system will find
the controller and the installation will carry on. Note2: if I detach the
SCSI cable from the motherboard (therefore cutting access to diks) then
system boot sequence works (but then, of course, no disks are found...)


Alex Smali

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