manual & docs
drivers & updates
What you need to know about the aero
Partitioning the harddisk
Choosing the installation method
Preparing the Aero for a Red Hat 6.1 harddisk install
The Red Hat 6.1 Installation Process
Access to DOS-Partitions
Patching and compiling a new kernel
Solving the RAM problem
Installing PCMCIA and configuring it for Bad RAM
Finished - What comes next?
Advanced Power Management
Getting WebDAV to work with XP
GNU Free Documentation License
the people (& their mails)
the aeros wildest dream...
Experiences with Debian 3.0
These are my experiences with a harddisk-install of Debain "woody".
It was quite frustrating. Some people say Debian is not made for linux-beginners. Maybe they are right.
After all now I think the installation is hard but possible if you solve the BadRAM-problem as described in the next main chapters of my aero-linux-pages.
Debian was very hard to install on the aero. Copying the installation CDs to a dos-partition on the aero's harddisk was not a good idea, because the installer couldn't find some of the requested directory-names. Maybe it uses symlinks on the cd. The installer also couldn't find the base system file, so you need to make a thirty-megs download which is expensive and takes time. Obviously the distribution is not intended for harddisk-installation, so without cd-rom (or plugging the aero's hdd into the desktop) you are lost. Sometimes the installation-procedure froze.
I bought the complete release of debian Linux 3.0 in a package that contained 7 Binary Cds and one Addon CD (Open Office).
vanilla (normal installation),
I took "vanilla" (seems that is what they suppose a newbie should do and
prepared for installation.
e: (1,6 GB) with ext2-filesystem for linux and f: (120 MB) as swap.
INSTALLATION STARTED FROM FLOPPY
I first tried an installation from floppy but the system hung while installing so afterwards I tried the much faster installation from harddisk (see below). Here are some tips for starting the installation from floppy.
So I tried to find the correct floppy files on the cd which wasn't easy because all links in the installation html-manual referring to the files on cd didn't work, at least from a windows pc. Maybe they are symlinks and they suppose you to run linux to be able to install linux. Hm.
and there was also a very useful installation guide:
The floppys have to be made from the files:
rescue.bin root.bin driver-1.bin driver-2.bin driver-3.bin driver-4.bin
The first floppy for install is rescue.bin.
INSTALLATION FROM HARDDISK
This seemed good for aero users who do not have a floppy. The debian-makers provide that the complete installation can be managed from the local harddisk.
If you want to change to that directory after a clean dos-boot of the aero (no drivers loaded) the standard US-keyboard-driver is installed. So for non-US users like me some signs of the above mentioned path were hard to find with my german keyboard layout.
In the middle of the harddisk-install the setup software couldn't find the needed file "basedebs.tar" for installing the base system. I looked for it, but the base system file doesn't exist on any of the original CDs (although I paid 25 EUR for it).
The bf2.4 version
Due to all these failures I gave the bf2.4 version (the one with the linux 2.4 kernel) another try which finally succeeded.
------------------------------------------------ # /etc/fstab: static file system information. # #
I then had to make the directory /hda1 per hand by typing
and reboot the aero.
I then tried installing packages with apt and the tool dselect.
but the installation cd had only the directory
So I had to change the directory name manually from "woody" to "stable" on my harddisk. Afterwards apt and dselect seemed to work.
image=/boot/vmlinuz label=linux read-only append="mem=16384K" root=/dev/hda6
So debian would probably run stable until the BadRAM-problem is solved with the BadRAM-patch and recompiling the kernel.
Unfortunately I didn't know the details of the BadRAM-problem when I installed debian and thought the system hangs were all the fault of this distribution. After all the problems the installation made, I think you can understand this and my frustration. I finally decided to give Red Hat a try and didn't go any further with debian.
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