Re: Installer: 32 vs. 64 bit
>> I've been encouraging my students to install Debian on their personal
>> machines, and we've found out that a lot of them get the wrong Debian
>> - some of them attempt to install an AMD64 version of Debian in
>> a 32-bit-only virtual machine;
> Why are they creating 32-bit virtual machines? Perhaps this is a bad
> default in the VM manaager?
Yes, it was a bad default in the laptop's BIOS (VT-something was
disabled). HP's bug, obviously, but it would have made for a better
experience if the Debian installer had complained in a comprehensible
manner straight away.
>> - others attempt to install an i386 version on 64-bit hardware.
> This should work, in general. It won't work on a 64-bit system that
> only supports EFI boot - and the installer won't be able to report
> that, unless it includes a dummy 64-bit EFI program just to do that.
It was a recent laptop, and the user had manually enabled BIOS boot. The
installer hung with a black screen just after the initial menu.
> We should not do in this in the second case, since it is supposed to
> work. (But a warning might be reasonable.)