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Re: Cannot connect to network now...

Brian Coiley wrote:

"Kent West" <westk@acu.edu> wrote in message
I did notice you had a / on the end of your sitenames, which I don't

have in my sources.list file

I removed the / characters: it worked just the same i.e. no errors and
nothing to upgrade.

Given that I've done not a scrap of proper work on this setup yet, and given
your earlier comments about starting with Sarge instead of Woody, I'm
beginning to seriously wonder about junking the Linux partitions and
starting again with Sarge.  What do you think?  Might it be easier (and
safer) than pressing on with this obviously flawed install?  How would I get

It's a toss-up.

On the one hand, slogging on will feel good in that you finally beat the system into submission, and demonstrate to you that even when a Debian system is horribly broken, you can eventually restore it to normal with persistence (one of my big peeves with Windows is that often you have no recourse but to reinstall - in Linux, it may sometimes be easier to reinstall, but almost never necessary). You're also pretty close to having it working.

On the other hand, starting over from scratch would give you a chance to try out the new Sarge installer, and would demonstrate that Debian really can be a usable system when the installation goes as it should, and would give you more experience with the basic installation so you can see how it's supposed to go, and might be easier.

If it were me, I'd try the "apt-get install x-window-system"; if that does not solve the problem, I'd start over from scratch. If it does solve the problem, I _might_ start over from scratch, just for the experience.

There are lots of ways to install Debian. Here's what I would do:

1) Browse to http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/ and download the appropriate netinst CD image (in your case, on a Pentium-class machine, it'd be the i386 link under "netinst CD image, with Debian base".

2) Burn the .ISO you just downloaded in the previous step to CD, making sure to burn it as a disk image, not as a file.

3) Boot the machine off the newly burned CD.

4) Follow the on-screen prompts. You'll be given the chance to partition your disk, install the base system, and then pull the rest of the system from the network.

There's some documentation on this page also, but with your background and your recent experience with Debian, you might not even need to bother with it. The Sarge installer is fairly intuitive if you've got some system administration experience in your background.


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