Bug#443979: Package: installation-reports
Boot method: CD with a netinst image
Image version: 1st one i am not sure but second attempt was from http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/4.0_r1/i386/iso-cd/debian-40r1-i386-netinst.iso
Date: been trying on and off since the week of 10th sept 2007
Machine: ETX-LX-800 R10 board on an mini ITX base board
Processor: AMD Geode GX MMX 500MHz
Memory: 256MB + 8MB graphics
Partitions: none yet, didnt get that far but i am using a 2GB Sandisk Extreme 3 compact flash card via an IDE adapter - set as primary on an ide bus with a CDRW drive as secondary on the same cable
Output of lspci -nn and lspci -vnn: i can't get this far/don't know what this is
Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
Initial boot: [ O]
Detect network card: [ installer falls over before this]
Configure network: [ installer falls over before this]
Detect CD: [ Ok for boot but installer doesnt get far enough]
Load installer modules: [loads vmlinuxz and initrd.gz then falls over ]
Detect hard drives: [ installer falls over before this]
Partition hard drives: [ installer falls over before this]
Install base system: [ installer falls over before this]
Clock/timezone setup: [ installer falls over before this]
User/password setup: [ installer falls over before this]
Install tasks: [ installer falls over before this]
Install boot loader: [ installer falls over before this]
Overall install: [E ]
I run up the system and it boots to the cd which runs the Debian installer app.
I get the splash screen with the 'F1 or enter' text.
If i just press enter i get a blank screen with a flashing cursor, if i press f1 then install i get:
and there is where it sits until i reboot it.
I tried another disk image just to make sure the disk was ok and got the same result.
I tried installing Fedora, that works fine so i am pretty sure my hardware is functional.
I then read through some of the Debian install docs resulting in changes to my Bios as follows:
using extended memory
disabled virus warnings
disabled video bios shadow
set power management to APM and disabled all the various other power management
This made no difference so i started playing with installer command line arguments. I have tried various combinations of the following (sorry about this next bit):
tried expert and install
DEBIAN_FRONTEND= i 've tried all the options noninteractive, text, newt, gtk
BOOT_DEBUG=3 and 2|3
vga=771 also tried 769, 784, 785, 786, 787, 788, 789, 773, 790, 791, 792, 775 but they all give me blank screens - values higher than 792 give me the 'not supported under vesa' type message and a scan of the video modes available gives me the following (but i don't really think this helps you at all):
0 0f00 80x25
1 0f01 80x50
2 0f02 80x43
3 0f03 80x28
4 0f05 80x30
5 0f06 80x34
6 0f07 80x60
7 0100 40x25
at no point do i get any additional debug and alt f1-f12 and alt cntrl f1-f12 do nothing.
As you can see i am now in the clutching at straws stage Wink
Any help or guidance you might have would be very useful
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