Bug#403890: installation successfull with some manual work
Boot method: CD boot with nothing extra typed at boot prompt
Image version: Etch RC1 full CD 1
Date: <Date and time of the install>
Machine: maxdata PC
Processor: celeron D (at least according to the label on the front)
Partitions: <df -Tl will do; the raw partition table is preferred>
Output of lspci -nn and lspci -vnn:
Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
Initial boot: [O]
Detect network card: [O]
Configure network: [O]
Detect CD: [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives: [O]
Partition hard drives: [E]
Install base system: [O]
Clock/timezone setup: [O]
User/password setup: [O]
Install tasks: [O]
Install boot loader: [O]
Overall install: [O]
The installer told me that my existing NTFS partition could not be resized due to an unknown error and to look at VC4 for more details (btw in errors like that you might wan't to give a brief description of how to switch virtual consoles). VC4 told me there were inconsistancies and to run "chkdsk -f" and then reboot windows twice. I followed its reccomendations and loaded the installer again.
Resizing still failed but this time i was just dumped back in the manual partitioning window with no error. Checking vc4 told me the journal was not clean and to boot windows and shutdown cleanly to clean it. I did this and then back into the installer which promptly failed to resize again in exactly the same way.
I decided to try ntfsfix but I could not seem to find any way to manually install/extract debs/udebs within the installer environment. Eventually i resorted to installing ntfsprogs on another debian system and transfering ntfsfix and libntfs into the installer environment using http. ntfsfix ran with no errors and resizing succeeded afterwards.
once the resize was done i wen't into "guided partitioning" and told it to use the "largest free space" and put "everything in one big position". This created two partitions a root partition and a swap partition (since this option is aimed at people who don't wan't to tie themselves to particular allocations wouldn't it be more sensible and more consistant with the options name to create a swapfile instead?).
user/password setup worked but i could find no way to bypass creation of a normal user account (i'm sure this was possible in the sarge installer).
Installing tasks wen't ok, i selected "standard system" and desktop, it did seem to be downloading some stuff from the net as well as using the CD though (i belive this is a known issue with the standard tasks now being too big to fit on CD1)
everything else went fine and.