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Bug#292605: Sarge Installation Failure -- Load installer Modules Failed



Package: installation-reports

Debian-installer-version: rc2 on 2005-01-27 (sarge)
uname -a: No shell prompt, will be bufflehead eventually
Date: 2005-01-27
Method: NetInst i386 rc2 CDRom from debian.com
Machine: Dell PowerEdge 2200 - SCSI CDROM
Processor: Intel Pentium II/300
Memory: 190 MB
Root Device: crashed before defining root device
Root Size/partition table: crashed before defining root device
Output of lspci and lspci -n: crashed before shell

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

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

Comments/Problems:
(NOTE: Config network task is out of sequence on this form.  It happens after the "Load Installer Modules" step.)

Install is failing to load all the components of the Debian Installer on the target computer from a SCSI CD-Rom drive.  It stops on the 'mkreiserfx-udeb' step with a "There was a problem reading data from the CDROM.  Please make sure it is in the drive. If retrying does not work, you should check the integrity of your CDROM."  

The install CD correctly loads all the modules on another, newer computer (PIII 733/IDE CDROM, 512MB Memory) and moves on to the Network config.  So, that leaves media weakness, subtle image corruption, hardware issues with the old box or a driver glitch on it.  I've tested the CD-ROM drive various ways, including booting knoppix 3.4 on the target box, which runs just fine.  This is an odd problem.  Seems like hardware or media issues, yet tests can't pin it down.

I would do a MD5 checksum on the image, just in case, but I can't find the checksum to check against anywhere.



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