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I have an EeePC 701 4G (yes, the first one with the 7" screen). It's ran several distros, including Debian Squeeze and Ubuntu Netbook, which it had until an hour ago. I then wiped it and installed Debian Wheezy; installation (from DVD iso unetbootin'd to a USB thumbdrive) went fine, but now when it boots it hangs completely at the login screen. Even the mouse pointer is stuck.
Wheezy, as you may be aware, is Debian "testing" and is about 2 years away from a stable release. You can search the list of current bugs here, and if you think you've found a new bug, please report it to help the Debian team!
I'm aware of what Testing is, having used Squeeze for a fairly long time back when it was testing.
The EeePC wiki is dated; some pages still list Squeeze as being the testing version. There's no mention of Wheezy.
I guess I can go back to Squeeze on the 701 if nothing else can be done, but I'd still like to try getting Wheezy running first.
Computer turns on regularly, proceeds to boot. During boot it does fail loading something on one line, but it goes by too fast for me to figure out what it is.
It fades in the default Wheezy background (blue sky with stars), stays like that for a second or so, then pops up the login manager. At that point, everything locks up. No input is accepted - cursor stays still, keyboard apparently dead (ctrl+alt+f1 does nothing, as well as ctrl+alt+backspace). Doesn't seem to be running the CPU hard as the fan doesn't come on, so I don't think anything is hogging all the resources.
Edit: I just took a quick picture of it booting up to figure out what it fails loading. Says:
"startpar: service(s) returned failure: udev ... failed!"
I guess that's a pretty big uh-oh considering udev handles everything in /dev...
I gave up on the EeePC and installed Squeeze-based Crunchbang on it (with which I'm very happy, BTW), but now I'm having the exact same problem on a Sid x64 install I just put on my main box.
I installed Sid directly (businesscard iso, selected sid when asked).
I understand a big screwup happened that borked udev, but that was twelve days ago. Aside from the obvious question of how such an important mess-up got into testing, shouldn't this have been solved even for Sid by now?
I manually upgraded my wheezy box from udev 167-1 to udev 167-2 from the sid repository, but it did not fix it. It is puzzling to me that my other wheezy HD (upgraded from squeeze) is running udev 167-1 and works just fine, but a fresh install of wheezy on the same machine (except on an external USB drive) has the udev problem :-(
UPDATE - I just now wiped Wheezy, installed Squeeze, then upgrade Squeeze --> Wheezy and it works properly. The problem exists only on a clean Wheezy install.
Last edited by paullanders; 04-19-2011 at 10:17 AM.