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Re: upgrade of etch from beta2 net install to current level

I have a dual-booting box with an ASUS P4P800e Deluxe motherboard (socket 478) with a Radeon ATI 9550 graphics card. Etch using grub was installed this past spring 2006 with a 2.6.12 kernel from the beta2 network installation CDROM.

Since I now have ADSL (the motherboard has built-in IEEE 1394 WAN), I tried to upgrade etch with aptitude update and aptitude upgrade. It attempted to remove my only running kernel. I declined that option. It has hosed my display after reboot. I scripted the upgrade and believe that I can retrieve the text file if that is needed.

I was also foolhardy enough to attempt linux-image-2.6.18-3-686, but it also wanted to remove 2.6.12 which is my only kernel. Once I get Windows XP Professional configured correctly, I suppose I could download a current iso image and reinstall or just use Kubuntu. Mainly I want to know if I can use aptitude to finish the upgrade properly and then I would like to know the way to upgrade from 2.6.12 to 2.6.18 so that I can use a smp kernel with the Pentium 4 Prescott.

Thanks for any help on the Debian recommended way to proceed.

I tried Sackville's suggestion to mark the 2.6.12, but aptitude had already purged dependent packages and was dead set on removing it. Fortunately or unfortunately, it seems that aptitude (0.4.1, I think) was intent on downloading the whole mirror or so it seemed. It downloaded and installed about ten of the *86 kernels of version 2.6.18. I have to boot into a recovery kernel and enter root password to get into maintenance mode. The normal login won't show a password prompt to let me get in. Also, the graphics system is not displaying. I can mount my Windows XP partition which also won't boot so I can recover data. Grub seems to work fine. I'm just not proficient in it yet. However, I did get aptitude to upgrade to its latest version 0.4.4 that Joey Hess mentioned in a previous post. I'm getting there but can still use helpful comments. I had missed the obvious auto/manual install toggle in aptitude. This time I will use it on the 2.6.18 kernels (normal and recovery). I also have the vserver and k7 kernels. I guess I can purge or eliminate some of those once I get the system back into shape.

Anyway, further suggestions and guidance are certainly appreciated. It's nearly 4 AM for me. Tomorrow is going to be an exquisite pleasure! %-}

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