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Bug#464063: fatal installation problem

On Tuesday 05 February 2008, jeremy@crystalriverbaptist.org wrote:
> Comments/Problems:
> I've never done anything Linux before, but am trying to install it on
> the second  partition as an additional operating system.  Had the same
> problem with the netinst version from the same http source.  Followed
> CD burning instructions to a tee each time using Nero on a WinXP
> system.  I simply do not know a thing about Linux to try to get around
> this problem, but am looking forward to learning.

From the syslog it very much looks as if the CD was not burned correctly.

Here your CD drive is recognized:
Feb  4 15:11:05 kernel: Probing IDE interface ide1...
Feb  4 15:11:06 kernel: hdc: CD-220EA, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive

I can see that it is successfully mounted and that a number of files are 
read correctly from the CD, but then you get these errors:
Feb  4 15:12:30 kernel: attempt to access beyond end of device
Feb  4 15:12:30 kernel: hdc: rw=0, want=836672, limit=359920
Feb  4 15:12:30 kernel: Buffer I/O error on device hdc, logical block 209167

I'm afraid I cannot offer may suggestions on how to burn a CD correctly from 
Windows. Only thing I can do is point you to http://www.debian.org/CD/faq/.

One thing you can do though is to do an integrity check near the beginning 
of the installation. Boot the installer with 'install priority=medium'. 
You'll get a menu. First choose your language and keyboard. Then select the 
menu option "Check the CD-ROM(s) integrity".
As long as that does not complete successfully, your CD is not good and the 
installation will fail at some point.

Other option is of course that you have a hardware issue, but that's 
unlikely if the drive works fine under Windows.
Note that sometimes the problem is just low-quality CDs.


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