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Bug#774104: failed installation of Debian 7.7.0

Package: installation-reports

Boot method: DVD
Image version: debian-7.7.0-amd64-netinst.iso
Date: 27-Dec-2014

Machine: Lenovo ThinkPad W540
Processor: Intel Core i7-4900MQ CPU; 2 chips, each with 4 CPU
Memory: 16G
Partitions: <df -Tl will do; Note: cannot access command line to run this.>

Output of lspci -knn (or lspci -nn): Note: cannot access command line.

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

Initial boot:           [0]
Detect network card:    [0]
Configure network:      [0]
Detect CD:              [0]
Load installer modules: [0]
Detect hard drives:     [0]
Partition hard drives:  [0]
Install base system:    [0]
Clock/timezone setup:   [0]
User/password setup:    [0]
Install tasks:          [0]
Install boot loader:    [0]
Overall install:        [E]


Here are the installation details:

1. Downloaded debian-7.7.0-amd64-netinst.iso and burned the iso to a DVD. Checksum of the downloaded file matched that on http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/7.7.0/amd64/iso-cd/. Checksum on the burned DVD also matched. So no apparent download problems.

2. Booted ThinkPad from the CD/DVD drive. Following 3 lines were written immediately to the display:
sdhci-pci: Invalid iomem size. You may experience problems.
mmc0: Unknown controller version (3). You may experience problems.
mmc0: Hardware doesn't specify timeout clock frequency.

3. Continued with the install. Chose graphical installer. Install completed normally.

4. On reboot after install, the same 3 lines listed above in #2 appeared again. The next several lines appeared normal: INIT booting; [info] re boot in runlevel S; [ok] re hotplug; and several lines re CPU core and package power limit notification. Then this:
[drm] nouveau 0000:01:00.0: 0x9576i Init table command not found: 0xA9

5. Boot hung at this point. A manual power-off followed by another boot also hung at the same point.

The computer shipped with Win 8.1, but since then I've installed RHEL 7 Workstation, Oracle Linux 7, and Ubuntu 14.04. These were standalone installs (ie, no dual boot). None of these 3 operating systems manages the W540 display resolution well (too small to be legible). So far, Ubuntu does the best. I installed Debian intending to see how it managed the display.

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