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upgrade kernel

I gave up on my well reported, here, effort to get my
custom kernel 2.4.22 to support CD writing.

I decided to try a prepackaged debian kernel as
someone suggested here. As long as I was going to the
trouble, I chose kernel-image-2.6.0-test4-1-386, using
apt-get upgrade. It took over five hours to download
with my modem connection.Installation started by
asking me questions about the keyboard.

Then it threw the usual linux curve at me:

dpkg: error processing console-common (--configure):
 subprocess post-installation script returned error
 exit status 2
Errors were encountered while processing:

How is an ordinary mortal supposed to know that this
means and what to do? 

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