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
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.)
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 126.96.36.199
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.
RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
VFS: Mounted root (minix filesystem).
sbin/dinstall: sed: error 14
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?
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