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Bug#388114: installation-report: Installed on HP NC6400 went ok but had problem with grub install

On Tue, Sep 19, 2006 at 12:14:09PM +0100, stephen mulcahy wrote:
> Hi Geert,
> Thanks for your response - I hope the installation report is useful to
> someone.
> I'm replying off-bug because I'm not sure any of the following is
> relevant/useful - feel free to add in if you wish.

Because we both care about others, we should can it visible for others.

> See some comments below,
> Geert Stappers wrote:
> > On Mon, Sep 18, 2006 at 06:31:00PM +0100, stephen mulcahy wrote:
> >> Package: installation-report
> >> Severity: normal
> >>
> >> See blog at 
> >> http://blog.aplpi.com/index.php/2006/09/18/debian-gnulinux-on-a-hp-nc6400/ 
> >> for details. Seems to be related to bug 380351 but worked around it.

(FYI: #380351 is a grub-install bug, fixed in 1.18)

> > Okay, fine. Thank you for reporting the succesfull install.
> You may want to mention the above bug in the errata.

The sugestion makes sense. I don't if the Beta 3 errata is also frozen.

> >> Also, didn't get option to install SMP kernel - should I?  
> > 
> > Recent kernels have SMP support (iow: there are no "SMP-kernels" any more)
> This is news to me - is it documented anywhere? There was only one core
> available in /proc/cpuinfo until I installed the SMP flavoured 2.6.16
> kernel (is this a dummy image or are you talking about changes in
> unstable/post-2.6.16?).

It is a 2.6.17 thing.

> > Something else:
> > 
> > Debian-installer can resize NTFS partitions
> > ( no need for an extra piece of software )

The blog says "use an extra piece of software",
I'm trying to say "no need for an extra piece of software"

> > Just select the partition, select the size and enter the new desired size.
> Thanks, I was aware of this but I've yet to have any success using it.

That makes your feedback interresting. You are telling that something
that should work, doesn't work ...

> I suspect running chkdsk/f on the NTFS partition fixes the parted in
> Debian aswell .. but since it was significantly older than the parted in
> the gparted livecd the last time I tried it and failed I got in the
> habit of using gparted.

Allow me to focus on debian-installer
 (i.o.w. allow me to ignore the other software ;-)

> I'll give it another shot the next time.

What about this proposal:
* backup the NTFS partition
* resize the NTFS partition with debian-installer
  (just make it some what smaller )
* Restart the computer, boot into MS-Windows to check the partition.
* resize the NTFS partition with debian-installer (back to previous size)
* Restart the computer, boot into MS-Windows to check the partition.
* Report/blog about the NTFS resize excersize

> > Have fun with you Debian GNU/Linux computer system.
> Thanks! And well done on the Debian etch installer so far - overall it
> is working very well. Your efforts are appreciated.

Thank you.
With a non-private reply see more d-i developers your compliment.

> -stephen

Geert Stappers
$ apt-cache show linux-image-2.6-686-smp
Package: linux-image-2.6-686-smp
Maintainer: Debian Kernel Team <debian-kernel@lists.debian.org>
Version: 2.6.17+2
Description: Linux 2.6 image on PPro/Celeron/PII/PIII/P4 SMP - transition package
 This package is for transition only.

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