Report on using DI with older MB
Nice installer. Thanks for all of the good work.
I am installing Sarge (testing) to a five year-old machine. There
have been several interesting hitches.
o At the first reboot, just after Grub was installed, the system
reported Grub error 18. I figured that I forgot to do something
so I went re-inserted the install CD to make a second go at
installing the boot-loader. I discovered that I could not bypass
the partitioning phase or the install-base-system phase and just
reinstall the boot loader. I believe the older boot-floppies
allowed this useful feature.
o After I realized that Error 18 meant that the BIOS was too old to
handle the 120GB drive as a single partition. I began again. It
would be helpful to have an option to partition the drive for
older BIOSs, with a small (e.g. 32MB) partitition at the beginning
of the drive for /boot. I did this by hand.
o I wanted to use a local package mirror. After setting the
hostname, directory, and proxy options, the installer looped back
to the beginning. I suspect it encountered an error of some sort,
but I don't know what it could be since I've used this mirror
countless times. Does this feature work?
o During the download, one of the packages turned up corrupted. The
installer reported the name of the corrupt package and returned me
to the top-level menu (expert26 mode). It didn't give me a way to
remove the file, however. I changed to the second console to
remove offending file from /target/var/cache/apt/archive. Seems
like the installer should delete the file when it finds that it is