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Bug#768464: preseed install of Debian Jessie failing

Package: installation-reports


Boot method: ISO image attached to a VirtualBox VM

Image version: http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/weekly-builds/i386/iso-dvd/debian-testing-i386-DVD-1.iso

Image sha1 hash: 028a7c958a8f15bd6fe6f6cb43a28cf6a9950f45

Date: 5 November 2014. 11:15 GMT


Machine: HP EliteBook 8460p running VirtualBox 4.3.17 r96342

Processor: Intel Core i5-2540M CPU @ 2.60GHz

Memory: 384MB

Partitions: n/a (virtual machine with a blank 42GB virtual hard disk, installation cancelled prior to partition creation)


Output of lspci -knn (or lspci -nn):

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: InnoTek Systemberatung GmbH VirtualBox Graphics Adapter [80ee:beef]

00:03.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Red Hat, Inc Virtio network device [1af4:1000]

        Subsystem: Red Hat, Inc Device [1af4:0001]

        Kernel driver in use: virtio-pci

00:04.0 System peripheral [0880]: InnoTek Systemberatung GmbH VirtualBox Guest Service [80ee:cafe]

00:05.0 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Intel Corporation 82801AA AC'97 Audio Controller [8086:2415] (rev 01)

        Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device [8086:0000]

00:07.0 Bridge [0680]: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI [8086:7113] (rev 08)

00:18.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev f2)

00:19.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev f2)

00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge [8086:27b9] (rev 02)

        Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device [8086:7270]

00:1f.1 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE [8086:7111] (rev 01)

        Kernel driver in use: ata_piix

00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation 82801HM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA Controller [AHCI mode] [8086:2829] (rev 02)

        Kernel driver in use: ahci

00:1f.4 USB controller [0c03]: Apple Inc. KeyLargo/Intrepid USB [106b:003f]

        Kernel driver in use: ohci-pci


Base System Installation Checklist:

[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it


Initial boot:           [O]

Detect network card:    [E]

Configure network:      [E]

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:        [ ]



I am trying to perform an automated preseed install of Jessie as a guest operating system using VirtualBox running on a Windows 7 Enterprise host.


The problem is that when the installer tries to download the preseed file, the network has not been configured. The failure to download the preseed file causes the installer to fall back to an interactive installation.


Opening a console shell and running "ip address" only shows the loopback interface. Looking in /lib/modules, the network device modules are missing (virtio_net.ko). I have tried all the other virtual network interfaces supported by VirtualBox without success.


This installation method used to work for me. The last known working ISO is:



Dropping back to using a Wheezy ISO (v7.7) works correctly, however using Wheezy is not an option because the GStreamer code I am using requires more recent versions of glib and gobject than those that ship with Wheezy.


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