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Bug#570273: debian-installer: netboot stops after loading pxelinux.cfg/default

Package: debian-installer
Version: 20100211


the debian-installer netboot stops after the message:
	Trying to load: pxelinux.cfg/default

The machine in question is an Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 chipset) with an
Intel Core2Duo E2200 and 4G RAM. Neither the HDMI (default) nor the VGA
output shows anything else than the message above. Ctrl-Alt-Del is not

The same problem occurs on an Asus CUV4X-EA (VIA Apollo Pro133A chipset)
with an Intel P3-1GHz and 768M RAM.

It looks like switching to a graphical interface or something like that
goes wrong: when I disable the following line in pxelinux.cfg/default
	default debian-installer/i386/boot-screens/vesamenu.c32
and try again, I get a
	Invalid or corrupt kernel image.
message followed by a
prompt offering
	install mainmenu expert rescue auto mainmenu-kde 
etc. pp. items.

Booting into "install" or "rescue" then works well and I get prompted
for my language settings afterwards.

I downloaded http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/dists/squeeze/main/installer-i386/current/images/netboot/netboot.tar.gz
and extracted it to /srv/tftp.

# cat /srv/tftp/version.info 
Debian version:  6.0 (squeeze)
Installer build: 20100211

The (somewhat newer) http://people.debian.org/~joeyh/d-i/images/daily/netboot/netboot.tar.gz
(Installer build: 20100217-16:54) behaves identical.

The debian-installer netinst iso-image works well and seems to get the
switch to graphics right. The vesamenu.c32 on both the netboot tarball
and netinst iso is identical.

Feel free to clone or reassign this bug to syslinux if you think it's a
pxelinux issue.

Thanks for your work & regards
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