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Bug#312215: installation-report

Package: installation-reports

Debian-installer-version: 30.05.2005 download of install image and udeb files from ftp2.de.debian.org/debian
uname -a: Linux schweiz 2.6.8-2-686 #1 Thu May 19 17:53:30 JST 2005 i686 GNU/Linux
Date: 30.05.2005 10:00
Method: pxe install from local server, unproxied

Machine: Acer Aspire 2000 Laptop 
Processor: Intel Pentium M 1400MHz with Centrino Chipset
Memory: 512Mb
Root Device: ramdisc (initrd26) and hda: IC25N060ATMR04-0, ATA DISK drive
Root Size/partition table: 
1          0,031  16010,090  primary   fat32       boot, lba
3      47873,386  57137,431  primary                /bsd
4      57137,432  57231,562  primary   ext2      /home
2      16010,090  47873,386  extended              lba
7      37354,293  37369,951  logical   ext2        /boot
8      37369,982  38326,948  logical   linux-swap
9      38326,979  43096,245  logical   ext2        /

Output of lspci and lspci -n:
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82855PM Processor to I/O Controller (rev 21)
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82855PM Processor to AGP Controller (rev 21)
0000:00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB 2.0 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 83)
0000:00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801DBM LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801DBM (ICH4) Ultra ATA Storage Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 03)
0000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV250 5c61 [Radeon Mobility 9200 M9+] (rev 01)
0000:02:00.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB21 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)
0000:02:01.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
0000:02:02.0 Network controller: Intel Corp. PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter (rev 04)
0000:02:04.0 CardBus bridge: ENE Technology Inc CB1410 Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
0000:00:00.0 0600: 8086:3340 (rev 21)
0000:00:01.0 0604: 8086:3341 (rev 21)
0000:00:1d.0 0c03: 8086:24c2 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.1 0c03: 8086:24c4 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.2 0c03: 8086:24c7 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.7 0c03: 8086:24cd (rev 03)
0000:00:1e.0 0604: 8086:2448 (rev 83)
0000:00:1f.0 0601: 8086:24cc (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.1 0101: 8086:24ca (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.3 0c05: 8086:24c3 (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.5 0401: 8086:24c5 (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.6 0703: 8086:24c6 (rev 03)
0000:01:00.0 0300: 1002:5c61 (rev 01)
0000:02:00.0 0c00: 104c:8026
0000:02:01.0 0200: 10ec:8139 (rev 10)
0000:02:02.0 0280: 8086:1043 (rev 04)
0000:02:04.0 0607: 1524:1410 (rev 01)

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

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

During boot of Acer Aspire 2000 Laptop the screen is just visible in faint blinks and therefore gets unreadable when the framebuffer is switched on.
This is done within the /lib/debian-installer-startup.d/S40framebuffer-module-linux-x86 script in the 2.6/initrd.gz ramdisk image (creation date 05.03.2005)
The modprobe -q fbcon command fails and the loading of modules vesafb or vga16fb leads to blinking of
 the screen. The only way to get arond was to patch the script just to modprobe vgastate. The modprobe of fbcon still fails, but the screen is readable and the installation process can pursue without any further interrogations.

I'm experimenting quite a bit with the debian installer and I'm already a great fan of it !! Fantastic work and I very much appreciate the preseeding function, because this leads to an easy customization. 

Unfortunately I'm missing a hook to stop the initrd bootup before partitioning. I'm looking for this hook in order to use the installer as a startup for low level maintenance on already installed systems. Maybe this hook exists already, but I wasn't getting too deep into the installers functionality to find out how to interpret the template files. 

If you need any further information, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Roland Kittel 

Roland Kittel
Kastanienallee 32
10435 Berlin
+49 30 94887166
+49 173 2327546

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