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Bug#472824: Some Lenny install issues supposedly linked to win32-loader

On Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 11:24:49AM -0400, Jochen Plumeyer wrote:
> Hi Robert,
> On Wednesday 26 March 2008 17:06, Robert Millan wrote:
> > Hi Jochen,
> >
> > On Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 01:46:10PM -0400, Jochen Plumeyer wrote:
> > > Install tasks:
> > > The "desktop" task installs, if the installation is started the classic
> > > way via BIOS from CD. But it does not install, if the CD is started with
> > > the new win32-loader mechanism from Windows ("XP SP2 spanish" in my
> > > case). An "aptitude install kde kdm" solved it.
> >
> > Which options did you choose in the win32 part of the install process?
> I chose "Spanish" as installation language in "normal" installation mode 
> (not "expert").
> > Did you get GNOME instead of KDE, or just no desktop task at all?
> I used the KDE install CD (, so I suppose GNOME was no option, ) and 
> selecting "Standard" and "Desktop"
> http://plumeyer.org/debian-bugreport/472824/tasksel-selections.png

Did you enable network updates when asked, or installed only from CD?

> > > Clock/timezone setup:
> > > I chose spanish localization, but the options for Carribean or even other
> > > countries others than European did not show up in the install with
> > > win32-loader.
> >
> > Are you referring to the timezone question specifically, or also to the
> > country selection?  
> I am referring to the timezone question. The installer (at least with 
> win32-loader) never asked me the country.

Ah, I see.  That seems to be because D-I extrapolates it from locale settings,
which... (see below)

> > Also, do you mean that the question was displayed with 
> > incomplete answer options, or that it was missing?  Both settings can be
> > auto-detected from Windows, but I'm not aware of any situation in which an
> > incomplete list would be displayed.
> The timezone country list looked like this (three entries):
> http://plumeyer.org/debian-bugreport/472824/just-european-spanishspeaking-countries.png.png
> What happens, if a Spanish-speaking Debian-fan installs living in Pakistan or 
> Australia by the way? (Globalization, you know)
> I am a german guy living in Dominican Republic/ Carribbean, as an example.

We all know Windows is faulty, but country setting is at least expected to be
correct.  Though, if user (or OEM) chose the wrong option when installing it,
one can always fix it later (in Control Panel I guess) or override it by
choosing expert mode.

> > > Install boot loader:
> > > The dialogue asked me, if grub should be installed in the (hd0) disk, I
> > > said no, "please install grub in (hd0,1)", but the MBR of the disk has
> > > been overwritten.
> > > I thought the initial bootloader would be left untouched, but no.
> > I recall having gone through this before.  Could you provide the version
> > number of the win32 loader in the CD you downloaded? (displayed in the
> > first screen when you run it)
> I forgot the CD at home, I will tell you on Monday, sorry!


Thank you,

Robert Millan

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