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Bug#295120: [sparc] [20050207] [netinst] installation report : wrong keyboard on reboot

Package: installation-reports
Version: N/A; reported 2005-02-13
Severity: normal

Package: installation-reports

Debian-installer-version: 07 February 2005 
uname -a: Non Applicable
Date: 12 February 2005
Method: Installed with netinstall cd image

Machine: Sun Ultra 10
Processor: UltraSparc IIi 333Mhz
Memory: 384M
Root Device: /dev/hda8
Root Size/partition table:
Disk /dev/hda (Sun disk label): 16 heads, 63 sectors, 16708 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 1008 * 512 bytes

   Device Flag    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1           781      6470   2867256    2  SunOS root
/dev/hda2             0       781    393624    3  SunOS swap
/dev/hda3             0     16708   8420832    5  Whole disk
/dev/hda4          6470      7690    614880    8  SunOS home
/dev/hda5          7690     12566   2457504   83  Linux native : woody
/dev/hda6         12566     13086    262080   82  Linux swap
/dev/hda7         13086     15166   1048320   83  Linux native : woddy
/dev/hda8         15166     16708    777168   83  Linux native : I tryed
to install sarge here

Output00:00.0 Host bridge: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. Ultra IIi
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. Simba Advanced PCI
Bridge (rev 13)
00:01.1 PCI bridge: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. Simba Advanced PCI
Bridge (rev 13)
01:01.0 Bridge: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. EBUS (rev 01)
01:01.1 Ethernet controller: Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. Happy Meal
(rev 01)01:02.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage
Pro 215GP (rev 5c)
01:03.0 IDE interface: CMD Technology Inc PCI0646 (rev 03)
02:01.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage I/II 215GT
[Mach64 GT] (rev 9a)
02:02.0 SCSI storage controller: Adaptec AIC-7881U
02:03.0 Ethernet controller: Lite-On Communications Inc LNE100TX (rev 21)
02:04.0 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB (rev 43)
02:04.1 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB (rev 43)
02:04.2 USB Controller: NEC Corporation: Unknown device 00e0 (rev 04) of
lspci and lspci -n: ( from the woody 2.4.18 kernel )

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:    [E] then [O]
Reboot:                 [E]


Install boot loader:

When I came to SILO install phase, I got a red screen with the message 
saying (in french , I used the french language )
Installation of SILO failed
I tryed to run silo manually using the following command from the ash shell
# chroot /target
# silo
and I got the message
silo fatal error others filesystem than ext2,ext3,ufs and romfs are not
So I remembered I asked the debian installer to format the root partition
as xfs
I went back to the installer menus, created an ext3 filesystem ,and
reinstalled the base system on it.
I got no warning in the debian installer about xfs on a root partition on

As stated in the partition list table., I had already a woody install on
this hard drive. When I rebooted I notice that SILO had installed itself
/dev/hda5, which was my woody root partition, and not on /dev/hda8, my
sarge root partition.
Two labels were available for booting  from the new lilo prompt:
- Linux, which pointed to the new sarge install with the 2.6.8 saprc64
kernel choosed during the installation
-LinuxOLD which pointed to a non existent kernel

When I booted the new install with the 2.6.8 kernel, two problems appeared :
- the isc dhcp client could not find my dhcp server. I don't know if this
is because I have two NIC, and it was probing the wrong one. During the
install phasae the dhcp client probed the right one.
-when arriving to the post-reboot setup, the keyboard definition was
completetely messed up and I could not type anything at all, from all the
virtual consoles.I mean I typed the letter R on the keayboard I had a "5"
on the screen, I did not have a azerty layout.( I had a qwerty sun type 5
keyboard )
At this point I stopped experimenting.

<Description of the install, in prose, and any thoughts, comments
      and ideas you had during the initial install.>

Nano is a nice text editor.
I would have apreciated to find the traditional fdisk utility as an extra
on the install system.
The mkfs ui ( withc choice of what type of mkfs you want do ) is a very
good idea, but it does not give a lot of informnations about in which case
it should be good to create a filesystem with only an inode for 1M, etc ..


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