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Bug#770231: Amd64-efi installer becomes unresponsive on x86 bios

On Mon, 2014-11-24 at 16:26 -0500, Samuel Comeau wrote:
> Hello Ian,
> Well, it appears I have made a mistake about the type of processor
> that's in here : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz.

I think the P4 had 64-bit support in some variants, but it does sound
likely that yours isn't one of them.

>  I don't have the text of the menu screen for you yet, I would have to
> retry installing linux, which I haven't had the time to do yet. I can
> at least tell you, however, that the menu I got to was very similar to
> this one
> http://debian-handbook.info/browse/stable/images/inst-boot.png ,

OK thanks for clarifying, so you are failing at the bootloader screen
and not making it to the installer proper.

Given that I think what Steve said regarding not booting amd64 kernels
on i386 hardware is probably the most likely theory. I'm not sure why
the message about incompatible arch should be AWOL, perhaps related to
the bootloader having enabled graphical mode?

Does an i386 image work on your system?

>  apart from the fact that my installer boot menu didn't have 64 bit
> anywhere in it.

I think (but I'm not 100% sure) that this is expected for a single arch
image, IOW if the image is only for amd64 then you just get "Install"
etc and not "64 bit install". "Install" will laucn amd64.

For dual/multi-arch images then you get both options, one of which
launches 32-bit and the other 64-bit.

> The hang occurs when I try to select any option.


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