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Bug#292277: FWD: Re: Bug#292277: Debian Installation Report (netinst cd image for sarge rc2)

----- Forwarded message from Mike Hoover <ixarka@gmail.com> -----

From: Mike Hoover <ixarka@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 22:31:38 -0600
To: Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org>
Subject: Re: Bug#292277: Debian Installation Report (netinst cd image for sarge rc2)
Reply-To: Mike Hoover <ixarka@gmail.com>

On Wed, 26 Jan 2005 14:14:09 -0500, Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org> wrote:
> Mike Hoover wrote:
> > The installer completely froze on the language chooser.  System did
> > not repond.  Needed to do a cold reboot.  This has been documented as
> > being a result of framebuffer problems, but using
> > boot: linux video=vga16:off
> > and also trying
> > boot: linux debian-installer/framebuffer=false
> > options had no effect (the language chooser still came up and froze).
> > The intaller appears to be broken for this hardware.
> I don't know where it would be documented that such a freeze has
> anything to do with the framebuffer. Sounds like a keyboard or hardware
> problem to me. What kind of keyboard do you have? Did you try booting
> the installer with "linux26" to try the other kernel version?

I saw this on some newsgroup, and I got those options from:

Specifically, it said (in Section 5.1.1):
Some architectures use the kernel framebuffer to offer installation in
a number of languages. If framebuffer causes a problem on your system
you can use this option to disable the feature. Problem symptoms are
error messages about bterm or bogl, a blank screen, or a freeze within
a few minutes after starting the install. The video=vga16:off argument
may also be used to disable the framebuffer. Such problems have been
reported on a Dell Inspiron with Mobile Radeon card.

As for a hardware problem, it's a laptop and the keyboard works fine
(fine enough to type all those options at the boot menu, anyway).  I
didn't try linux26, because I figured it was an installer problem and
not so much a problem with linux, but I'll give that a shot.  Anyway,
I installed debian succesfully on this laptop about 2 years ago, so I
know the hardware can support it.

Thanks for the help.

----- End forwarded message -----

see shy jo

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