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Bug#290834: Successful installation of Debian 3.1 from CD

Package: installation-reports

Dowload date: 2005-01-15

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Linux jupiter 2.6.8-1-686 #1 Thu Nov 25 04:34:30 UTC 2004 i686 GNU/Linux

Date: 2005-01-15

> How did you install?

Standard monitor/keyboard interface.  My options were: expert26 nolapic

>  What did you boot off?

DVD (Read-only) drive, model: JLMS XJ-HD166S.  IDE, /dev/hdb.

Machine: <Description of machine (eg, IBM Thinkpad R32)>
Home built.  For home server services; e.g. mail, print, file, etc...

Single AMD XP 2600; 2000Mhz


Root Device: <IDE?  SCSI?  Name of device?>
RAID-1 arrary on IDE (/dev/hda1 & /dev/hda2); /dev/md1

Root Size/partition table: <Feel free to paste the full partition
      table, with notes on which partitions are mounted where.>

Two identically sized physical drives with the same partition table are
combined to form the RAID-1 array.  This is /dev/hda's table with

Disk /dev/hda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *           1          24      192748+  fd  Linux raid autodetect
#	/boot
/dev/hda2              25        8226    65882565    5  Extended
/dev/hda5              25          48      192748+  fd  Linux raid autodetect
#	/
/dev/hda6              49         656     4883728+  fd  Linux raid autodetect
#	/usr
/dev/hda7             657         778      979933+  fd  Linux raid autodetect
#	/usr/local
/dev/hda8             779         900      979933+  fd  Linux raid autodetect
#	/var
/dev/hda9             901        2116     9767488+  fd  Linux raid autodetect
#	/var/local
/dev/hda10           2117        3332     9767488+  fd  Linux raid autodetect
#	/home
/dev/hda11           3333        8195    39062016   fd  Linux raid autodetect
#	/large
/dev/hda12           8196        8226      248976   82  Linux swap
## About 12GB left free

Output of lspci and lspci -n:
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8377 [KT400/KT600 AGP] Host Bridge
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8235 PCI Bridge
0000:00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
0000:00:0b.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c905 100BaseTX [Boomerang]
0000:00:0d.0 Ethernet controller: Linksys NC100 Network Everywhere Fast Ethernet 10/100 (rev 11)
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)
0000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV5M64 [RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro] (rev 15)

0000:00:00.0 0600: 1106:3189
0000:00:01.0 0604: 1106:b168
0000:00:0a.0 0200: 10ec:8139 (rev 10)
0000:00:0b.0 0200: 10b7:9050
0000:00:0d.0 0200: 1317:0985 (rev 11)
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)
0000:01:00.0 0300: 10de:002d (rev 15)

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:    [O]
Reboot:                 [O]


The install went quite smoothly, I was impressed (but not surprised). I
was happy with the help screens available by pressing certian funtion
keys that made it clear how to pass the `nolapic' option that is needed
to boot modern kernels on my cripled motherboard.

I setup RAID-1 during the install. partman was a bit funky, it made each
raid device look like a seperate hard drive capable of being re-
partitioned. In fact it even let me create sub-partitions on the RAID
device but, of course, didn't write them to disk (how could it?). I
don't think it's a major issue.

After setting up the partitions and filesystems everything continued to
work very well. I was /very/ happy that I didn't need to do any
additional fiddling to get the new install to boot from raid.

My only two suggestions:
        1) Make the partman frontend not allow you repartition
           raid devices
        2) Install grub onto the MBR of all drives that are part of a
           RAID-1 array that hold the /boot partition.

Thanks for the great installer,


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