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Bug#413520: installation-reports: Installation on Mini-ITX (EPIA 800) system completes but fails to boot

Package: installation-reports
Severity: important

I've been trying a number of times to install Etch on a Mini-ITX based,
EPIA 800 system.  This box has been running for some time as a diskless
workstation running Sarge.  I've now put a HDD in it and am trying to
install Etch using the network boot method.

The installation appears to run flawlessly, right up to the point where
the system tries to boot the new installation.  Then it gets as far
as the second line of the boot ("Uncompressing kernel") and re-boots.

I got slightly further when I used the rc1 installer.  Then it would
get to "Waiting for /dev to be populated" before re-booting.

Unfortunately, because it fails so early in the boot process it is
difficult if not impossible to gain any more diagnostic information.

If I switch the box back to network booting and tell it to boot Sarge
rather than the Etch installer then it still works perfectly happily and
is 100% stable.

-- Package-specific info:

Boot method: network
Image version: Daily build 20070215
Date: <Date and time of the install>

Machine: Mini-ITX EPIA 800
Partitions: <df -Tl will do; the raw partition table is preferred>

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

Initial boot:           [ ]
Detect network card:    [ ]
Configure network:      [ ]
Detect CD:              [ ]
Load installer modules: [ ]
Detect hard drives:     [ ]
Partition hard drives:  [ ]
Install base system:    [ ]
Clock/timezone setup:   [ ]
User/password setup:    [ ]
Install tasks:          [ ]
Install boot loader:    [ ]
Overall install:        [E]


<Description of the install, in prose, and any thoughts, comments
      and ideas you had during the initial install.>

I worried that the problem might be the 486 kernel which the installer
installs by default, so I built a replacement kernel with all the same
settings but changed to a C3 processor.  This made no difference.

I have deleted all the auto-gathered system information which was
added below because it relates to the system on which I am typing this,
rather than the one I am installing.  As I can't boot that system I
can't use it to submit this report.


Please make sure that the hardware-summary log file, and any other
installation logs that you think would be useful are attached to this
report. Please compress large files using gzip.

Once you have filled out this report, mail it to submit@bugs.debian.org.

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