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Bug#704169: www.debian.org: Installation Guide lacking information on serial console installation

Package: www.debian.org
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainer,
While installing Debian on a Netgear ReadyNAS while connected to its serial port (no screen connector on device) booting a netinstall CD image from a USB stick resulted in a couple of random lines of underscores showing up just after post. The boot menu does not function well over a serial connection. (The same USB stick works perfectly on a desktop machine)

What I had to do was repeatedly bang the escape key during post, ending up with the text "Aborted." and "boot: " on my console. Running "install video=off console=ttyS0,9600n8" from said prompt kicked off a text mode installation without any further issues.

I was unable to find detailed information on such an install procedure in the Installation Guide. It should probably be mentioned.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 7.0
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 3.2.0-4-686-pae (SMP w/8 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

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