I installed it (debian squeeze 6.0.6 i386 netinst) the machine is a dell XP desktop.
This was a write over everything to one partition so install seemed pretty quick & easy. However.
On first bootup we don't get the expected display, we get the top vertical half of the screen divided into 4 miniature debian screens and I can't get it to do anything. There's some really small text (on all 4) that might say
"Loading Linux 2.6.32 5 686"
"Loading initial ramdisk"
But, It's Dead Jim!
Reboot to recovery mode.
I tried to apt-get update
But it can't find two different mirrors. (I re-ran the complete install and tried a different mirror) still nothing. So I tried pinging things - "unknown host"
I'm not really sure where to go from here.
I had another disk so I gave that a try, it's debian 6.0.6 businesscard soooo, I ran that. Completely new installation. Exactly the same results.
Found this link
Tried the first thing suggested there;
apt-get install linux-image-2.6.29-1-686
it goes through some stuff (I'm on another computer here)
but the errors they have aren't the errors I'm getting! Mine are;
E: Unable to locate package linux-image-2.6.29-1-686
E: Couldn't find any package by regex 'linux-image-2.6.29-1-686'
I guess I can try a different cd installing without internet. I just can't believe I need to. This machine had windows XP, ubuntu, puppy, and pussy all running firefox or some sort of browser without a problem. Why is debian so hard to get running? Or is it I shouldn't be using 6? I have no idea.