Re: install problem
Tony, et al,
I just went through problems with the CD-ROM during install myself. I was
trying to install the Debian O'Reilly\SGI\VA Linux distribution. The boot
kernel didn't recognize my SCSI CD-ROM. I was afraid I was going to have to
make lots of floppies to install the base system. Installing from floppies
is an activity I'd like to forget.
The work around was "installation from a DOS partition" using "loadin.exe".
I copied the following files from the Debian CD-ROM on to a Iomega Zip drive
Please note: all of this is discussed in Section 5.3 - "Installing Debian
GNU/Linux For Intel x86" which I believe is called "install.txt" on the
CD-ROM. The authors also state these files are available from the "nearest
Debian FTP mirror".
I booted with a "pure" MS-DOS 5 (no Windows versions, please) floppy! As
all my other drives were partitioned for fat32 or Linux, this old operating
system saw the zip drive as "C:". I then ran "install.bat" from C: The
content of install.bat is "loadlin linux root=/dev/ram initrd=root.bin".
All went very smoothly and my SCSI CD-ROM was recognized after the base
system was loaded and the system went through it's install reboot. The
secret on an install from a DOS partition is just that - make sure it's DOS
and not a Windows version of DOS (it took me all Saturday morning to learn
From: Homer (Tony) Stavely <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2000 2:22 PM
Subject: install problem
>Going through the install process with Debian 2.1r4 on two new cdroms, I
>get as far as Install the Base System. Some error develops while
>extracting base2_1.tgz from the cd and I have so far found no way around
>it. I've been looking forward to trying Debian so I hope there's an easy
>fix for this problem. Any suggestions?
>Homer (Tony) Stavely <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Professor of Psychology
>Keene State College
>Keene, New Hampshire, USA
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