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Installing Debian on an Alix 2d3 using PXE


I'm trying to install Debian on an Alix 2d3 board (installing from network using PXE, the installer runs in a serial console). When I select a mirror, the installer tells me that it is going to verify the mirror, and then immediately gives me an error message saying that the mirror is invalid. A tcpdump on the relaying computer shows that there was absolutely no traffic on the network (ie. the installer is not trying to access the network at all, not even dns lookup). When I open the console and use netcat (nc, as ping, ifconfig and other such tools are not available in the minimalistic environment), I can access different servers without any problems, so I have to assume that the network setup is working.

What is going on? Why doesn't the installer use the network? How can I debug this?

I managed to boot the Debian text installer over PXE on an Alix 2d3. The Alix does not have a graphics card, so the installation has to be done using a serial console. Also, since so far I only got the basic installer running, I have a very limited system running, which unfortunately limits the debugging options.

Any help is appreciated!


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