Re: Fresh 7.10 netinstall problems...
On Sat, Oct 27, 2007 at 05:30:49PM +0100, Digby Tarvin wrote:
> 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
> hard drive.
> 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!
> segmentation fault
> 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.
> 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
> Ram: 1024MB
> 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
What kernel was installed?
As soon as you login, type
$ uname -a
If the system is still up, send us:
You could use the install CD as a rescue system, choose "run a command
on the rootfs" (or whatever it says); it runs your command chrooted to
the system. Try aptitude there (thus with the installer's kernel). If
that works, do a uname -a there and notice any difference.
Needless to say, what you're experiencing shouldn't happen under any
circumstances with Etch (stable).