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Bug#349098: Installation Problems

On Fri, Jan 20, 2006 at 10:19:52PM +0000, JHR Youngman wrote:
> Comments/Problems:
> I have spent more than three days struggling with the installation. I downloaded
> the CD images from the first mirror named in the list for Australia and found
> errors being reported when I came to the Binaries-2 CD: either "broken ..." or
> "not a Debian package". I downladed another copy of the image for this CD
> in case it had been corrupted during transmission, but the result was the same.

Were you getting CD or DVD images?  Did you burn them correctly?

As you found, netinst is often much simpler and faster than downloading
lots of things you probably won't even install.

> I finally decided to skip the CDs and did a net install. This time I searched
> further down the list and found a mirror at monash.edu.au which I knew used
> the same optic cable service that I use. This install was fast and clean.
> However, some necessary packages were not installed. These included CUPS
> and foomatic. I found the video installation confusing and had to opt for the
> default vesa driver. I don't know whether nv might have been more appropriate
> for my nVidia Riva TNT card since with vesa I cannnot get better than 800x600.

nv is certainly a better choice than vesa.

You can redo the X config with:
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86

> The system is now working, although as a new user of unix I am having a few
> problems sorting some things out.

Debian doesn't default to installing everything, which can be confusing
for new users, but is far better security wise.

Len Sorensen

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