OT? - Debian on eeePC? boot fails
A friend brought it to me to see if I could update Firefox & Flash.
I started by using the built-in software update tool, but that didn't
give me much joy. I finally figured out how to get into a terminal
window, and I did an aptitude update and aptitude dist-upgrade. Had some
failures; apparently Asus doesn't keep their repositories up-to-date
After a reboot, it tries to start the gui (looks like the mouse cursor
for a non-window-managed X, and occasionally the gray background of
same), but then it drops back to a black screen, and cycles this way
infinitely. Sometimes I can see a message at the top of the screen that
udevd: add_to_rules: unknown key 'PRODUCT', in 'ACTION'
(at least, that's what I think it says; it only flashes on for a
half-second at a time)
By googling for the past day, I've figured out how to get into a busybox
terminal (by adding XANDROSBOOTDEBUG=y to the end of the kernel line by
editing the grub prompt), but that doesn't give me much.
Googling more allowed me to get a bit farther by mounting sda1 and sda2
on mnt-system and mnt-user respectively.
I've tried getting into various run-levels by adding 1 or 3, etc, to the
end of the kernel line; I've tried running things like "init 1", but it
says init is not found; I've tried putting an "exit 0" line early on in
the rc2.d/S99kdm script.
But none of this stuff works; I don't know if the eeepc is using some
customized version of Debian causing it to bypass all my efforts, or if
the udev error is getting in the way (I know almost nothing about udev
If anyone knows enough about udev stuff to get me fixed, or if anyone
knows specifics about the Debian on eeepc's that would get me farther
along, I'd appreciate it.
Praise Yah! \o/