Fresh 7.10 netinstall problems...
I hope there are some experts out there that can offer some suggestions
regarding a problem I am having installing Debian Etch (40r1-386-netinst
downloaded on 23/10/07) on a Dell Precision 410 MT...
Everything goes fine through the initial install, up to the point
where I have to reboot using the freshly installed kernel on the
I can log in after the reboot, and everything looks ok, but when I
then proceed to try and complete the install by adding other packages
like 'xorg', things start going wrong...
Either the package transfer fails after a few minutes with messages like
E: Method http has died unexpectedly!
or dpkg falls over during the installation of the package, eg
/bin/sh: line 1: 2284 Segmentation fault /usr/bin/dpkg_preconfigure...
I tried doing an 'apt-get update; apt-get upgrade' but the system did
not survive long enough to get the updated kernel installed.
It seems that the kernel used during the initial install was stable,
but the kernel it installed on the hard disk is not.
I tried adding 'nosmp' to the command line in case there were problems
with that, but it made no difference.
Any suggestions much appreciated.
For anyone who has read this far - here are some more details about
the target hardware:
Model: Dell Precision Workstation 410 MT
BIOS revision A08
CPU: 2xPIII 450MHz
Video card: 3DLabs Oxygen GVX1
Adaptec AIC-7890 BIOS DELL-V2.01.05
SCSI ID 0 COMPAQ DDRS-34560W ULTRA2-SE
SCSI ID 1 SEAGATE ST173404LW ULTRA2-SE
Adaptec AIC-7880 BIOS DELL-V2.01.05
SCSI ID 1 MATSHITA DVD-RAM LF-200
Primary IDE1 ZIP drive
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