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Old 12-25-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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installing debian


I am trying to install Debian on a Dell laptop. I boot from the CD to the gui install. I click on install, and it just sits there, and does nothing. I tried to re-download the iso, and it still does the same thing. What can be going on?
 
Old 12-25-2012, 09:08 PM   #2
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It can take quite some time for the cd to load. You should ensure the data integrity of your iso file to the md5 sum from the debian site as well as verify the md5checksum of the burned media.
 
Old 12-26-2012, 02:28 PM   #3
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Also try the text installer to see any error message at boot
 
Old 12-29-2012, 08:48 PM   #4
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Please provide more information:
1. Which hardware exactly is involved (CPU, video-chip, amount of RAM)
2. Which version of Debian?
 
Old 01-01-2013, 11:40 AM   #5
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It can take quite some time for the cd to load. You should ensure the data integrity of your iso file to the md5 sum from the debian site as well as verify the md5checksum of the burned media.
i am not able to find the burned md5 sum. am i looking at the right place? http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/dist...images/MD5SUMS
 
Old 01-01-2013, 12:37 PM   #6
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The md5 checksum of the burned media has to be the same a the checksum of the ISO file, there is no extra checksum for burned disks.
 
Old 01-02-2013, 12:11 PM   #7
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A bit more information please:

Laptop model?
CD-ROM drive?
Wired network or only WiFi?
Do you want to install with Windows co-existing (dualboot) or Linux only?
Do you want to keep the OEM partition or use the full HDD?

I'm running Debian 6 Squeeze on two Dell and two ASUS laptops. A treat to install. Installed it on several more laptops such as Dell, Sony, Toshiba. Never had an issue with the installer.

I'm using a single CD image for the install and wired network or an installer on an 8GB USB stick.
ATTENTION: Some WiFi cards are not supported "out of the box" with linux and you need to install the driver separately. This is the reason to use wired networking for the setup until all is installed.

Try looking in this forum (navigation to the right) at the Linux HCL (Hardware Compatibility List) and maybe here linux-laptop.net
 
Old 01-02-2013, 11:55 PM   #8
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The md5 checksum of the burned media has to be the same a the checksum of the ISO file, there is no extra checksum for burned disks.
how do I get a checksum for more than one file?

also, i am using "./netboot/mini.iso". is this the right one?
 
Old 01-03-2013, 01:41 AM   #9
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also, i am using "./netboot/mini.iso". is this the right one?
If you know exactly what you are doing, which the evidence so far says you don't, then yes the mini.iso is ok

BUT

You would be much better off going to this page and downloading the appropriate CD or DVD, my choice would be DVD1 (3.7 GB), for your CPU architecture (amd64 or i386).
 
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how do I get a checksum for more than one file?
You don't. You get the checksum for the medium, like this
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md5sum /dev/sr0
where /dev/sr0 is the device descriptor of your CD/DVD drive. On most modern distros the first CD/DVD drive is sr0.

The mini.iso is fine, if you have a working wired Internet connection. Otherwise you need a full CD/DVD.

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Old 01-03-2013, 11:59 AM   #11
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If you know exactly what you are doing, which the evidence so far says you don't, then yes the mini.iso is ok

BUT

You would be much better off going to this page and downloading the appropriate CD or DVD, my choice would be DVD1 (3.7 GB), for your CPU architecture (amd64 or i386).
i am going with the i386 because the machine I will be using it on is a 32-bit machine.
 
Old 01-04-2013, 11:55 AM   #12
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ok; so i was able to install debian.

how do i install the proper wireless/lan driver so I can connect to the internet?
 
Old 01-04-2013, 06:12 PM   #13
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What is your wireless hardware? Figure that out and then download the appropriate deb from Debian. Use Gdebi, right click and select open with Gdebi, or dpkg to install it or just double click and that may install it or it may open archive manager instead. Once it is installed reboot and you should be ok to go.
 
Old 01-04-2013, 07:04 PM   #14
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What is your wireless hardware? Figure that out and then download the appropriate deb from Debian. Use Gdebi, right click and select open with Gdebi, or dpkg to install it or just double click and that may install it or it may open archive manager instead. Once it is installed reboot and you should be ok to go.
what would be the command to view the hardware?

what is the site that has the deb files?
 
Old 01-04-2013, 08:04 PM   #15
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what would be the command to view the hardware?
In a terminal type
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lspci
the first letter is small L.

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what is the site that has the deb files?
In Iceweasel on the top right you havea search function, click on the drop down and select "Debian packages" type in your hardware and it should bring up what package suits your system.

As an example I type in, for mys system BCM4313 for my Broadcon card, it brings up nothing so I change the search parameter in the page that comes up to "descriptions" and click search again and it brings up this page for me. I then choose the appropriate firmware package for my version of Debian.
 
  


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