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Problem with installing Debian


I just downloaded the floppy version of Debian from
ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/stable/disks-i386/current/ and I am
attempting a default install on a new machine.

My hardware configuration:

PCI MB 486-dx2/80 with 32 megs of RAM.
Maxtor 7540AV Cylinders:1046 Heads:16 Sectors:63 Size:515
PCI controller is on the motherboard.
UMC880 chipset (41-P301-00111111-072594-UMC880-H)
AMIBIOS (American Megatrends 1994) for 486 PCI Green_PC
Trident VGA C4.0(02)

I have setup a 20 meg primary DOS partition on the machine to put DOS
6.20 and MS's CDROM extensions to verify that the hardware operates
normally. Everything seems to be okay. The other ~500 megs on the drive
are unpartitioned.

Here is a sorta complete list of what I see when I attempt the install:

(The boot intro screen, left most of it out.)

This floppy uses Linux 2.0.29 (from kernel-image-2.0.29_2.0.29-7)

(I hit enter at this point.)

Loading root.bin...........
Loading linux.......
Uncompressing Linux
Now booting the kernel

... (all kinds of signals from the Zeta

(only stuff left on screen when it hangs)
loop: registered device at major 7
hda: Maxtor 7540 AV, 515MB w/32kB Cache, LBA, CHS=1046/16/63
hdb: CRD-8320B, ATAPI CDROM drive
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
Started kswapd v
FDC 0 is an 8272A
md driver 0.35 MAX_MD_DEV=4, MAX_REAL=8
Failed initialization of WD-7000 SCSI card!
PPA: unable to initialise controller at 0x378, error 2
scsi : 0 hosts.
scsi : detected total.
Partition check:
 hda: hda1
RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
VFS: Mounted root (minix filesystem).
mounting /proc
sbin/dinstall: sed: error 14
Bus error
Bus error
Bus error
Bus error
Segmentation fault

and then it hangs there.

On the Alt-F3 console, I see:
Executing pid 458 exited, status=b.
Executing pid 459 exited, status=b.
... (and so on)
Executing pid 481 exited, status=b.

I am assuming that the kernel is hanging trying to autoprobe the PCI
stuff to see the Maxtor. Is that true? Where could I begin investigating
the problem? What docs should I be reading at this point? Is there some
boot parameters I can enter at the boot prompt that might get the kernel
past this point?

John Hebert

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