Re: squeeze install: Gave up waiting for root devices
On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 6:58 PM, Jimmy Johnson <email@example.com>
It was either this thread or another one where several of us chimed in and said Unetbootin doesn't work properly with Debian. If you have issues use the method described in the Debian Installation manual.
I'm able to use Unetbootin, for my computer the difference maybe that my BIOS has USB emulation and I can set it as a Fixed Disk and Unetbootin works, if I set the emulation any other way (Removable or Auto) the flash drive will give me "boot error".
So I've been looking into other ways that will work and I found that this is the Debian Way: http://tinyurl.com/bx5b34
I used a 'Lenny 505 AMD64 netinstall' iso on a small 256MB flash drive and it worked just fine on both my laptop and desktop.
Notice: boot.img.gz has to be the same version and architecture as the .iso you are using, "i386 boot.img.gz - i386 iso" or the same for AMD64.
I hope this helps Haines Brown and maybe some others that are trying to get Debian onto their NetBook or other cd driveless computer. ;-)
If it works I guess that's all that really matters, but considering it takes a max of 3 files to download and then a 2-line text file on the bootable partition of the usb stick to make your own Debian installation media per the Debian Manual, it's tough to argue against the official Debian instructions in favor of the uncertainty as to whether Unetbootin is downloading the correct version of the 3 Debian files, making it bootable correctly, etc. My 2 attempts with Unetbootin and Debian failed, but have had 100% success rate using the Debian instructions, that's all the evidence I need.
Just my $0.02 though, glad you found a way to get it to work for your needs.