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Old 10-13-2006, 04:58 AM   #1
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Debian etch usb install asus p5b deluxe


Hi all,

I have an asus p5b deluxe WIFI edition on which i'm trying to install debian etch.
Now i know the cdrom device can't be used because of no jmicron driver support.
The onboard marvell ethernetcards also are unsupported in the etch install kernels. this is no problem because i have put in a older 3com card that gets full support.

Now i need to startup from usb install using the latest hd-image from etch.. (daily build). The usb boot goes fine, but when it starts detecting the (SATA) disks it gets in a loop where it keeps restarting the detection.

So i decided to try and change the kernel on the usb-boot device by a 2.6.18 kernel i compiled from my working laptop with this kernel.
Then i can get one step further.. detecting the sata disks is no problem but now installing the kernel in the base system is a problem because of the different kernel version that i use and from the installer system.

Any idea's on how to get to the last step (installing the base system without errors, so that i can boot it.. once i can boot the system and apt-get from the net i will manage to get most of the things working for regular home use.

The system consists of a asus p5b deluxe/WF-ap, cpu : intel core2duo e6600 2gig ddr800 apacer and nvidia 7600gt pcie, hdd sata 250gb 7200rpm/16mb
 
Old 10-13-2006, 04:43 PM   #2
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Next thing i tried,
I have put in a scsi (aha2940) cdrom to boot from.. but the damn etch installer doesn't support the sata driver i need for the jmicron sata controller.. the one is supported in my custom made kernel for the usb boot..
So with the scsi cdrom i do have cdrom and networking working.. but no hdd detected.
Could someone gimme some links if it is possible to have 2.6.18 kernel for installing debian etch, latest daily builds seems to have 2.6.17.2
and in 2.6.18 i should have JMB363 (JMicron) support.. so presumebly sata AND pata support on my system.

This is driving me nutts so far.

Last edited by Sputnikc; 10-14-2006 at 04:24 AM. Reason: Changed some crucial info concerning ich8/jmicron
 
Old 10-14-2006, 05:03 AM   #3
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Last workaround i'm going to try for now is to put the sata harddisk in my other pc (intel 865) and install the base system and then put a custom 2.6.18 kernel on it with the needed hardware support.
Then put the disk back into the new system and hope i did the kernel compile with the correct settings.

I know this isn't a way everyone can use.. but i think it should get me going the easiest way for now.
 
Old 10-14-2006, 05:40 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Sputnikc
Last workaround i'm going to try for now is to put the sata harddisk in my other pc (intel 865) and install the base system and then put a custom 2.6.18 kernel on it with the needed hardware support.
Then put the disk back into the new system and hope i did the kernel compile with the correct settings.

I know this isn't a way everyone can use.. but i think it should get me going the easiest way for now.
If you have not done this yet try here for a Sarge install disk with 2.6.18 kernel.
 
Old 10-16-2006, 01:01 PM   #5
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If you have not done this yet try here for a Sarge install disk with 2.6.18 kernel.
Hi, thanks for the link.
I managed to get my debian installed the other way by switching disks.. but after that i tried this lastest iso too.. and it works..
no need to change disks or add eth cards..
Great iso.. mine will stay on cd for this pc.. untill testing gets support in the installer for 2.6.18 or higher kernel.
 
Old 10-28-2006, 06:34 AM   #6
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I was in the same situation and your ISO saves me

Thank you very, very, very much.

I still have a short question : How can I configure the "default" kernel after the installation.
I mean which commands (like "make menu-config" with a new kernel compilation) should I use to have a perfect kernel ?

Regards.
 
Old 10-28-2006, 11:47 AM   #7
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I was in the same situation and your ISO saves me

Thank you very, very, very much.

I still have a short question : How can I configure the "default" kernel after the installation.
I mean which commands (like "make menu-config" with a new kernel compilation) should I use to have a perfect kernel ?

Regards.
You can use uname -r to see the version of the kernel you are running and there really is no such thing as a perfect kernel but if you are thinking of compiling your own here is a guide to doing it the Debian way.
 
Old 10-31-2006, 04:10 PM   #8
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The problem is that I need Kernel Source for that kernel version to configure and compile it.

Where can I find it ?

In the CD, there is only kernle-headers and kernel-image.
 
Old 10-31-2006, 05:04 PM   #9
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The problem is that I need Kernel Source for that kernel version to configure and compile it.

Where can I find it ?

In the CD, there is only kernle-headers and kernel-image.
You can check for a kernel-source-????? package on packages.debian.org or if no longer in the archive then on snapshot.debian.net if Debian sources were used. If not then you can always get the generic version at www.kernel.org.
 
Old 11-01-2006, 10:26 AM   #10
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A very big thanks to you.

I have downloaded it and it is working perfectly.
 
  


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