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Bug#493825: Installation Problem with Debian on Toshiba Laptop

Package: installation-reports

Boot method: floppy
Image version: http://http.us.debian.org/debian/dists/etch/main/installer-i386/current//images/floppy/boot.img Date: downloaded: 30 July 2008, around 5:00 PM / date on file: 19 July 2008, 8:49 PM

Machine: Toshiba Portege M200, currently running Windows XP tablet
Processor: 1500 mHz Intel Centrino
Memory: 1.5 GB
Partitions: n/a

Output of lspci -nn and lspci -vnn: n/a

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

Initial boot:           [E]
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:        [ ]

Initial boot of the network install program off of a floppy disc began, but then hung after claiming that it was unable to locate the floppy disc and went into kernel panic. The floppy drive is an external USB unit, made by Iomega with a model number of BXXUO130, or possibly BXXU0130. I believe that this is a driver error, perhaps caused at the time that BIOS hands over control to Debian, but I do not know this for certain. I was able to take a picture of the screen after the panic. To save space, I'm not including it here, but I have included a transcription below. Much of it may be irrelevant to the issue at hand, but I am including it in case you have use for it:

RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 8192K size 1024 blocksize
PNP: PS/2 Controller [PNP0303:KBC,PNP0f13:PS2M] at 0x60,0x64 irq 1,12
serio: i8042 AUX port at 0x60,0x64 irq 12
serio: i8024 KDB port at 0x60,0x64 irq 1
mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
EISA: Probing bus 0 at eisa.0
Cannot allocate resource for EISA slot 1
EISA: Detected 0 cards.
TCP bic registered
NET: Registered protocol family 1
NET: Registered protocol family 17
NET: Registered protocol family 8
NET: Registered protocol family 20
Using IPI Shortcut mode
ACPI: (supports S0 S3 S4 S5)
Freeing unused kernel memory: 256k freed
Time: tsc clocksource has been installed
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
input: AT Translated Set 2 keyboard as /class/input/input0
floppy0: no floppy controllers found
Cannot load floppy module
Giving up!
/init: 44: sleep: not found
Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!

If this is a driver error, do you have an install package with the proper driver preloaded, or the proper driver and a procedure for how to incorporate it into the install package?

Floppy was the method chosen for install because the Portege M200 will only boot off of a limited few external CD drives (it has no internal drives), which we own none of. (We do own an external CD drive which it can read, but not boot from.) We intend to install to an external hard drive (a 40GB unit, formerly the computer's internal drive), although we are unsure if it can boot off of that, and may be forced to make a partition of the main hard drive (80GB).

Thank you.

-Alex Costenoble

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