Personally habala, when I tried to install "proper" debian I "crashed and burned" as I didn't know enough.
I got round that, by installing knoppix to hard drive and then changing all the apt-sources to debian ones.
This was a while ago, which means you've got a few options now. If I was going for debian again, I'd install Ubuntu. Then change all the apt-sources so that any packages that I wanted to install extra, were from debian repositories - plus any updates/upgrade would also come from the debian rep's.
It's just a case of having a decent installer (for decent, read graphic or easily followed). The proper debian one is good, but requires mega amounts of manual configuration.
Maybe that helps a little?
p.s. I've suggested the above as I don't know how to sort your actual problem as it stands!