Package: installation-reports Boot method: CD Image version: Debian GNU/Linux testing _Etch_ - Official Snapshot amd64 DVD Binary 20070212-18:23 (the whole set of 3 DVDs, downloaded with BitTorrent) Date: February 16, 2007 Machine: MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P5B (on-board sound and network cards) PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Duo 6600 @ 2.4 Ghz RAM: OCZ 2 Gb GRAPHICS CARD: Nvidia G7600 GT (G73 chip, 256 Mb RAM) HARD DISK: Seagate 320 Gb DISK DRIVE: ASUS DRW-1814BLT (SATA DVD recorder) Partitions (output of df -Tl): Filesystem Type 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/sda4 ext3 103945660 8182328 90483172 9% / tmpfs tmpfs 1030516 0 1030516 0% /lib/init/rw udev tmpfs 10240 68 10172 1% /dev tmpfs tmpfs 1030516 0 1030516 0% /dev/shm Base System Installation Checklist: [O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it Initial boot: [O] Detect network card: [E] lack of drivers Configure network: [ ] Detect CD: [E] workaround found - see below Load installer modules: [O] Detect hard drives: [O] Partition hard drives: [O] Install base system: [O] Clock/timezone setup: [O] User/password setup: [O] Install tasks: [O] Install boot loader: [O] Overall install: [O] Comments/Problems: PROBLEM WITH SATA DISK DRIVES: Installation failed at first try; the installer booted from the CD as expected, and installation went ok until the "Install base system" phase. Strangely enough, I was not able to install the base system, because the CD was not recognised (although the installer booted from it). This is clearly a problem concerning SATA disk drives. I tried several workarounds suggested in Internet forums, but none worked. I tried to alter some BIOS settings, and I finally managed to find a workaround that worked, at least in my system: in the BIOS setup, I have changed the option "Configure SATA as IDE" to "Configure SATA as AHCI". After that, installation proceeded without problems; I was able to install the base system, and the installer rebooted the system, as expected. At that point I switched back to "Configure SATA as IDE", and everything was ok: I proceeded by installing the rest of the system without further problems. NETWORK CARD DETECTION: During installation, my network card was not configured; it is a Realtek RTL8111/8168 PCI-E Gigabit E NIC, and, as you can see in the attached hardware-summary log file, the card model is recognised, but there is no available driver for it. I was forced to abort network installation to continue. Since I installed Etch in my home computer without network, I didn't try to find a driver so far. STABILITY: System seems to be very stable, as was Sarge in my old computer. I use Etch in a daily basis, mainly for programming and surfing the internet. So far I haven't encountered any problem. I also installed Nvidia drivers for my graphics card, enabled 3D acceleration, and tried some 3D games without any problem. CONCLUSION: It seems to me that Etch is stable enough for releasing the Official stable version. However, the problem concerning recognition of SATA disk drives during installation should be addresed first. As it is now, many users will fail to install Etch. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
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