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Bug#289786: installation-report

Package: installation-reports

Debian-installer-version: 2005/01/01
uname -a: Linux nis1 2.6.8-1-386 #1 Thu Nov 25 04:24:08 UTC 2004 i686 GNU/Linux
Date: 2005/01/10
Method: Boot CD-ROM, http install from debian.lanl.gov
Machine: EPIA M10000
Memory: 512MB
Root Device: IDE /dev/hda
Root Size/partition table: 
# cfdisk -P s /dev/hda
Partition Table for /dev/hda

               First       Last
 # Type       Sector      Sector   Offset    Length   Filesystem Type (ID) Flag
-- ------- ----------- ----------- ------ ----------- -------------------- ----
 1 Primary           0     3676049     63     3676050 Linux (83)           Boot
 2 Primary     3676050    12672449      0     8996400 W95 Ext'd (LBA) (0F) None
 5 Logical     3676050     4156109     63      480060 Linux swap (82)      None
 6 Logical     4156110     8062739     63     3906630 Linux (83)           None
 7 Logical     8062740    12672449     63     4609710 Linux (83)           None

# df
/dev/hda1 on / type reiserfs (rw,notail)
proc on /proc type proc (rw)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,gid=5,mode=620)
tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)
/dev/hda7 on /home type reiserfs (rw)
/dev/hda6 on /mirror/radiant-server type reiserfs (rw)
usbfs on /proc/bus/usb type usbfs (rw)

Output of lspci and lspci -n:
# lspci
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8623 [Apollo CLE266]
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8633 [Apollo Pro266 AGP]
0000:00:0d.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. IEEE 1394 Host Controller (rev 80)
0000:00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80)
0000:00:10.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80)
0000:00:10.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80)
0000:00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 82)
0000:00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8235 ISA Bridge
0000:00:11.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
0000:00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 50)
0000:00:12.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 74)
0000:00:14.0 Ethernet controller: Lite-On Communications Inc LNE100TX (rev 20)
0000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8623 [Apollo CLE266] integrated CastleRock graphics (rev 03)

# lspci -n
0000:00:00.0 0600: 1106:3123
0000:00:01.0 0604: 1106:b091
0000:00:0d.0 0c00: 1106:3044 (rev 80)
0000:00:10.0 0c03: 1106:3038 (rev 80)
0000:00:10.1 0c03: 1106:3038 (rev 80)
0000:00:10.2 0c03: 1106:3038 (rev 80)
0000:00:10.3 0c03: 1106:3104 (rev 82)
0000:00:11.0 0601: 1106:3177
0000:00:11.1 0101: 1106:0571 (rev 06)
0000:00:11.5 0401: 1106:3059 (rev 50)
0000:00:12.0 0200: 1106:3065 (rev 74)
0000:00:14.0 0200: 11ad:0002 (rev 20)
0000:01:00.0 0300: 1106:3122 (rev 03)

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

	    Initial boot worked:    [E]
	    Configure network HW:   [O]
	    Config network:         [E]
	    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:    [O]
	    Reboot:                 [O]

		The splash screen has no text. There is simply a picture of Debian against a black background. Even when typing in characters, no characters appear on the screen. Only through "F1" was I able to go get some insight as to what to do. But someone else had to tell me to hit "F1" because there was no text/help instructions.
		When running through the initial install (before the reboot) the network configuration found 3 network cards: onboard VIA-RHINE(eth0), Lite-On(eth1), and a FireWire interface(eth2). So I configured eth1 with an IP address since that was where the ethernet cable is plugged in. Upon reboot, the network cards were now: eth0 (VIA-RHINE), FireWire(eth1), and Lite-On(eth2). Because this part of the install asks to configure apt, I chose to install over a local mirror (http://debian.lanl.gov) and subsequently ran into problems because the network was not configured. Only by going to TTY2 (alt+F2), logging in as root, and modifying /etc/network/interfaces, was I able to get the network back up. This error occurred both when using "linux26" and "expert26" as the initial boot options. I believe the cause was that modules were loaded in a different order upon reboot. To a beginner, this is a serious problem because the network was working (initial boot), and then it wasn't (after reboot), with no way to change the network settings except through a different TTY.

		Hope these comments help.

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