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Bug#224631: marked as done (netinst CD is not a usable rescue CD, cannot use to boot from hard disk)

Your message dated Wed, 9 May 2007 23:30:48 +0100
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Package: installation-reports


Debian-installer-version: sarge-i386-netinst.iso from 
rw-aachen.de/sebastian.ley/d-i (downloaded after compromise, circa 12 Dec)

uname -a: Linux localhost 2.4.22-1-386 #9 Sat Oct 4 14:30:39 EST 2003 i686 
(why is the hostname not properly set? I set it during the base config, 
yet my prompt is "localhost:~")

Date: 18 Dec 2003 14:24 GMT
Method: burned iso onto bootable CD and installed from there

Machine: home-made Asus P2B-LS rev 1.2 (slot 1)
Processor: Intel Celeron 500MHz (Mendocino core, socket 370 on no-name  
plug-in card)

Memory: 392Mb SDRAM (1x256Mb PC133, 1x128 PC100)
Root Device: sdb8 (2Gb)
Root Size/partition table: two identical Quantum Atlas IV 9Gb HDs

sda 9105Mb (1106/255/63) -
 sda1 3068Mb (1-382 cyl) NTFS (WinXP boot)
 sda2 5807Mb (383-1105 cyl) Extended
 sda5 3068Mb (383-764 cyl) NTFS
 free space (inside Extended partition) 765-1105 cyl 

sdb 9105Mb (1106/255/63) -
 sdb1 490Mb (1-61 cyl) unused (destined for DOS6.22)
 sdb2 6345Mb (62-851 cyl) Extended
 sdb5 1951Mb (62-304 cyl) unused (probably FAT16 for shared space)
 sdb6 1951Mb (305-547 cyl) unused
 sdb7 490Mb (548-608 cyl) swap
 sdb8 1951Mb (609-851 cyl) ext2 (/)
 free space (outside Extended partition) 852-1105 cyl

Output of lspci:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge (rev 02)
00:04.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02)
00:04.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
00:04.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
00:04.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 02)
00:06.0 SCSI storage controller: Adaptec AHA-2940U2/U2W / 7890/7891
00:07.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82557/8/9 [Ethernet Pro 100] (rev 05)
00:0c.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Live! EMU10k1 (rev 03)
00:0c.1 Input device controller: Creative Labs SB Live! MIDI/Game Port (rev 01)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV4 [RIVA TNT] (rev 04)

Base System Installation Checklist:

Initial boot worked:    [ok]
Configure network HW:   [ok]
Config network:         [E] *1
Detect CD:              [ok]
Load installer modules: [ok]
Detect hard drives:     [ok]
Partition hard drives:  [ok]
Create file systems:    [ok]
Mount partitions:       [ok]
Install base system:    [ok]
Install boot loader:    [E] *2
Reboot:                 [ok]
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

*1 You already know it was a bad idea to default to DHCP. The manual net 
config was fine. 

*2 The boot loader install defaults to the disk containing /, not the 
"first" hard disk (which will be booted). Having not noticed this, I was 
then unable to use the installer CD as a rescue disk, to mount my sdb8 
filesystem and re-run LILO. Is this intentional or did I miss something? 
I tried several variations of "linux root=/dev/sdb8" (including 
root=/dev/scsi/host0/bus0/target1/lun0/part8) and nothing worked, so I had 
to re-run the entire install. This strikes me as a bit unnecessary, given 
that the install had worked and it was simply a typo which caused LILO to 
install on the wrong disk. Also, LILO does not scan for windoze partitions 
and install a default "other" image, which it did in previous versions. 

Anyway, congratulations on a working installer (I tried an alpha version a 
month or two ago and it failed on both machines - this one because I have 
no IDE HDs and the other one because it lacked SiI3112 support). This is 
my 2nd install report - the first install is still in progress 
(downloading 424Mb of packages), so I'll send that report when it's 



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We've been offering a "rescue" boot option on various CDs for a long
time in testing, and now also in the Etch stable sets.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
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