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Re: Debian 6 uninstallable?

On Sat, 05 Mar 2011 00:10:02 +0800, Bret Busby wrote:

> On Fri, 4 Mar 2011, Bret Busby wrote:
>> On Fri, 4 Mar 2011, Camaleón wrote:

>>> That sounds indeed very weird. One mirror can have problems but not
>>> all of them. I'd suspect from your Internet connection at the time of
>>> the installation.
>>> Did you manually specify the mirror's URI or just select one from the
>>> drop-down menu?
>> I selected from the drop down list.
>> I will, in a few hours, try what someone else suggested - go out to a
>> console, and try to ping out, to check the Internet access.
> Went to console, tried to ping; error returned "ping not found".

Remember that you can always fall into a tty to get the error messages 
(IIRC, debug messages go to tty4). When you get an error ("mirror x nor 
found", "command not found", "card not detected", etc...), jump to tty4 
and review the logs.

> So far, 3 CD's, ~800MB of downloads, still unable to install Debian 6.

You can install from the first CD (no Internet connection required). 
Install a basic system and once you're in, you can start downloading the 
rest of the packages.

> It sounds very much like the Monty Python "dead parrot sketch".
> In setting up (manually) the nertwork settings, it automatically found
> the gateway IP address, so I assume that the NIC is operational with the
> installation process so far.
> It will now have to wait until I have found how to check our download
> quota usage, before I try to download the next suggested iso image of
> 400MB to initiate yet another installation attempt.
> It appears that I should have ignored the instructions, and just
> downloaded the DVD image from the web page at
> http://www.debian.org/CD/http-ftp/ , as it would probably work out being
> less in downloads, if the DVD iso image works.

I've never had problems with the netiso image, but sure, sometimes is 
better to get the first CD or DVD and move on.



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