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Old 05-18-2003, 11:15 PM   #1
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Debian Net Install


I just got my old system (AMD 700mhz) out of the closet and realized I don't have a linux distro installed. It has a 10gb HD, 128mb of mem and a Ricoh cd burner, which seems not to read burned CDs for some reason. Winxp pro is on C drive and I got bout 4gb for linux left.

Anyway, I was wondering if I wanted to install Debian minimum base using floppies to get started, would this be a very long net install? I also have a 56K connection with an external Robotics modem! If the connection get broken will it start where it left off when I restart it?

Debian website mention to create six floppy disks total, Rescue, Root, and 4 driver disks.

Is this all I need to get started with? Comments & suggestions welcome!

Thnx.
 
Old 05-18-2003, 11:33 PM   #2
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The floppy count is correct.
Minimum base install maybe an hour or two on dial up???
I don't think the connection will restart.
Are you planning to go off on holiday while downloading KDE/Gnome?
Good Luck.
 
Old 05-19-2003, 12:03 AM   #3
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Thnx for the reply. That don't sound to bad, 1 or 2 hours! I really don't need KDE or Gnome for a desktop. Since there is Fluxbox, Windowmaker etc etc etc!

Isn't apt-get great?
 
Old 05-19-2003, 12:16 AM   #4
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The basic Debian IS BASIC.
You will need to check for and install any utilites/programs you want.
Yes, apt-get is great. It puts a basic Debian install a nose in front of any other (basic install).
 
Old 05-19-2003, 09:36 PM   #5
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I just read over Debian's website and found out that you can't do a net install using ppp connection.

I just wanted to give it a try. Thnx for the replies.
 
Old 05-19-2003, 11:13 PM   #6
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you can't do a net install using ppp connection.
Does it really say that?

http://www.debian.org/distrib/netinst
 
Old 05-20-2003, 09:54 PM   #7
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This is what I saw:

"If your computer's only network connection is via a serial line, using PPP or an equivalent dialup connection, you will not be able to install the base system over the network."

I think one reason is I didn't have the ppp files to configure the modem. I guess all that is part of the base system!

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Old 05-20-2003, 11:21 PM   #8
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Looks like you are entirely correct, BittaBrotha.
Guess your choices are what the manual mention.
CD, load files to the hard disk, or net install from a 2nd PC (networked).
Debian CDs from Cheapbytes or such do not cost much. That is not a bad alternative.
 
Old 05-22-2003, 03:40 PM   #9
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Well I still took the long route, I got Debian 3.0 base system installed using, floppy disks! It took a total of 26 disk with only one of the group being bad (base disk 8).

I got my dialup connection working, it dial's out and connect, but it don't seem to ever send or receive data, the lights never blink. I'm trying to do an apt-get update for my sources.list. I can't ping anything either.

I checked the /etc/resolv.conf file and the correct IP numbers are in it.

Any ideas/suggestions?

Thnx.
 
Old 05-24-2003, 11:05 PM   #10
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Does anybody have any more suggestions about this issue?

Thnx.
 
Old 05-24-2003, 11:16 PM   #11
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Login issues and not listing the ISPs DNS servers, if they're needed, can give the impression that you can connect but you can't.
Are you using wvdial?
 
Old 05-24-2003, 11:20 PM   #12
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I'm using the console based Pon and Poff commands. I've checked all config files for the ppp connection and everything seems to fine.

I guess I will get a cd drive and reinstall, it should work hopefully. The modem has worked using another machine and Debian but I used the complete Debian cd disc to install it.
 
  


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