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I´m working on an Asus Eee-Pc 1005HA with Windows XP. I want to install Debian "Lenny", as my Computer doesn´t have a CD drive I searched for other ways. In the "Debian Instalation HowTo" I found the following:
A.2.4. Of non removable disk start It is likewise possible to start the Installer by not using a replaceable medium, but simply an existing non removable disk, which can contain even another operating system. Load hp-media/initrd.gz, hp-media/vmlinuz and an Debian CD image into the root listing of the non removable disk. Guarantee that the file name of the CD image ends on .iso. Now it is only necessary to start Linux with initrd.
Ok, I have downloaded:
Where do I have to put them now. What is similar to the \ root in WinXP?
Maybe I'm mistaking but I don't think that putting the files in the root of your C: drive and rebooting will launch vmlinuz. Another way to obtain what you want is to install your Debian on a USB stick (for example using Unetbootin) from your XP, boot from your USB and install it to the harddrive. That is, if your netbook can boot from USB.
Similar to the ../1002HA in that this model uses Atheros AR928X wireless supported by ath9k (present only in the Sid/unstable kernel 2.6.30 or later). The ethernet chipset in this model is atl1c which is not yet working in any released Debian kernel.
This puts users in an awkward spot for installing, as the usual custom installer described in ../../HowTo/Install will not work for either ethernet or wifi installs. So instead, follow the ../../HowTo/InstallUsingStandardInstaller instructions, except instead of using the netinst image as that page describes, use the first DVD from the standard set so that you don't need any kind of network connection during the install.
Afterwards, you will need to download the kernel .deb file from either of the following repositories and copy it to the system via a USB key or some other means.
If you need ethernet, use dists/trunk from DebianKernel and install the linux-image 2.6.31-rc4 or later release candidate, 686 flavour. These can be found here.
If you don't need ethernet or don't want to mess with an experimental kernel and can wait for it, see ../../HowTo/Upgrade for the 2.6.30 backport for Lenny.
Although atl1c is present in 2.6.30, it needs patches present in Linus's git branch to work.
The upstream kernel maintainers have been contacted to add these atl1c patches to the stable (2.6.30) branch so we expect a sid kernel release to include these shortly, and a backport for Lenny should follow sometime after that.
The 2.6.30-5 kernel will cause the Ethernet device to disappear (hardware crashing) you have to take out the battery to get the Ethernet device working again. The Ethernet device will work with the 2.6.31-rc5 kernel.
I´ve already installed Ubuntu Netbook Remix successfully (despite the fact that some of the windows are partially out of the sreen - with every resolution I tried).
Now I´ve found http://www.eeebuntu.org/ and I´m going to try that one.
Do you think it would be worth a try to install e.g. Debian "Etch"?