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Bug#603087: amd64 squeeze install success - Dell R815


thanks for your report and your usability analysis for the installation.
Please take a look on the manual, there is a chapter about missing firmware 
Does it answers your notes regarding firmware?

1 - http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.amd64/ch06s04.html

A Quarta 10 Novembro 2010 20:49:09 Greg Wooledge você escreveu:
> Package: installation-reports
> Boot method: CD (squeeze beta 1 netinst)
> Image version:
> http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/squeeze_di_beta1/amd64/iso-cd/debian-squ
> eeze-di-beta1-amd64-netinst.iso Date: 2010-11-10
> Machine: Dell PowerEdge R815
> Processor: multiple Opteron 6128
> Memory: 4 GB
> Partitions: defaults using guided LVM, but I'm modifying them


> This worked flawlessly except for the non-free NICs, which required
> firmware.  I didn't have the firmware burned to a CD-R at the time of
> the installation, so I had to do that, and then manually attempt to
> pick up the leftover pieces after the installation.  Specifically:
>  * I had to know how to extract the firmware debs from the tarball,
>    build an ISO image of them, burn that image to a CD, and mount it
>    on the target system.
>  * I had to know how to install a .deb file from the mounted CD.  (And to
>    identify which file I actually needed.  Fortunately the copious number
>    of "can't find bnx2/... firmware" errors seen throughout the process
>    were enough for me to figure that out.)
>  * I had to know how to rmmod and then modprobe the driver module
>    (although I suppose rebooting might have sufficed there).
>  * I had to know how to configure /etc/network/interfaces to configure
>    eth0 in DHCP client mode, and to run "ifup eth0" to make it start
>    running.  (Again, a reboot might work for the latter part.)
>  * I had to know how to put a package repository into /etc/apt/sources.list
>    by hand ("man sources.list" has a sample, thank goodness) since there
>    is no longer a post-installation "apt-setup" command.


Melhores cumprimentos/Best regards,

Miguel Figueiredo

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