LinuxQuestions.org
Support LQ: Use code LQ3 and save $3 on Domain Registration
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 12-08-2009, 11:51 PM   #1
Walkerj4
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
Debian Installation Issues


I just finished an installation of Debian 5.0 Lenny. I am using a Toshiba Satellite 505D-s5965 Laptop with Win7 as a dual boot. AMD Dual core processor. I had a few problems with the partitioning stage of the install because i didn't want to delete Windows and the "Use Entire Disk" option was daunting. After some lucky keystrokes i got it to install, however the OS is not what i expected, instead of a desktop and icons and such i only have a DOS like (Solid black background with white text, that it!) command line. What the @!#$ did i do wrong. How do i un-do it and just in case I am not ready for Linux, how do i uninstall it!

Secondary Issues: I pre-formatted the HD and used to see the partition in windows but it has since disappeared. When i was using Ubuntu (Wubi Install is so much nicer) i could still see the partition.
I could not set up the DCHP network during Debian install, could this be an issue with the Desktop missing?
I installed Debian on a 25 GB partition with the ext3 system option checked. It was the only one that would let me progress with the install. I could really use some help here.

I thought i was ready to "graduate" from Ubuntu but maybe i was sorely mistaken.
 
Old 12-09-2009, 12:02 AM   #2
evo2
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Jan 2009
Location: Japan
Distribution: Mostly Debian and Scientific Linux
Posts: 5,753

Rep: Reputation: 1288Reputation: 1288Reputation: 1288Reputation: 1288Reputation: 1288Reputation: 1288Reputation: 1288Reputation: 1288Reputation: 1288
Quote:
Originally Posted by Walkerj4 View Post
I just finished an installation of Debian 5.0 Lenny. I am using a Toshiba Satellite 505D-s5965 Laptop with Win7 as a dual boot. AMD Dual core processor. I had a few problems with the partitioning stage of the install because i didn't want to delete Windows and the "Use Entire Disk" option was daunting. After some lucky keystrokes i got it to install, however the OS is not what i expected, instead of a desktop and icons and such i only have a DOS like (Solid black background with white text, that it!) command line.
This is the linux console.

Quote:
What the @!#$ did i do wrong.
Did not install or configure X.

Quote:
How do i un-do it and just in case I am not ready for Linux, how do i uninstall it!
Reformat the partition.

Quote:
Secondary Issues: I pre-formatted the HD and used to see the partition in windows but it has since disappeared. When i was using Ubuntu (Wubi Install is so much nicer) i could still see the partition.
Is this a windows question?

Quote:
I could not set up the DCHP network during Debian install, could this be an issue with the Desktop missing?
Yes, if you used the netinstall CD, then you probably needed network to download X. Can you tell us what iso you used for the install, and also what your network device is.

Quote:
I installed Debian on a 25 GB partition with the ext3 system option checked. It was the only one that would let me progress with the install. I could really use some help here.
Please answer the questions above and we can proceed from there.

Quote:
I thought i was ready to "graduate" from Ubuntu but maybe i was sorely mistaken.
Sounds like a simple issue with your network device not being supported by the default installer. You may need a binary blob to get it to work.

Evo2.
 
Old 12-09-2009, 12:09 AM   #3
btmiller
Senior Member
 
Registered: May 2004
Location: In the DC 'burbs
Distribution: Arch, Scientific Linux, Debian, Ubuntu
Posts: 4,284

Rep: Reputation: 371Reputation: 371Reputation: 371Reputation: 371
Welcome to LQ! You have a lot of questions there, so let me try to answer a few of them:

1. Did you install the graphical user interface packages when you installed Debian? If not, you'll need to do so before you get a GUI. You should be able to type "aptitude install kde" (no quotes) in a terminal while logged in as root and that will install the KDE desktop (it should bring in the X server which provides basic GUI functions on Linux systems). Once it's installed, you might need to type "startx" (no quotes) to get it up and running. You might try running startx right now just to see if it's installed. If you get an error message, you can post it here.

2. Windows generally can't read Linux partitions, so it's no surprise that your Windows system can't see them. Your Linux system should be able to see the Windows partition, however.

3. If you want to completely wipe out Linux, delete the Linux partitions, use something like gparted to resize the Windows partition to fill the while disk (you will probably need to defrag it first), and then boot off your rescue CD and re-install the Windows boot loader (not sure how to do this with Win7 as the procedure is different than XP I'm told). Note, as soon as you remove the Linux partitions, the GRUB bootloader will no longer work automatically (assuming you installed GRUB on the MBR) so make SURE you have your Windows rescue CD handy. As always when modifying disk partitions, there's a chance that things can go catastrophically wrong. Make SURE you have back-ups of all your valuable data, either on another machine or on a CD/DVD/external hard drive.

Edit: forgot to mention you'll need your network working before you can use aptitude. As evo2 suggests, please tell us what kind of network device you're using. If you're using wireless, try plugging into a wired connection and make sure you can get network access.

Last edited by btmiller; 12-09-2009 at 12:11 AM.
 
Old 12-09-2009, 01:50 AM   #4
Walkerj4
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 3

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Thank you both Very Much. the iso file name is
debian-503-AMD64-neinst.iso
my network device is a 2wire 2700HG-B
I am rebooting now to run the "aptitude install kde" command in the Linux Console with a wired connection to my 2wire. I will post results ASAP.

I will do more research next time. Until you mentioned it evo2 and btmiller, i had not yet heard of X.
 
Old 12-09-2009, 02:12 AM   #5
evo2
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Jan 2009
Location: Japan
Distribution: Mostly Debian and Scientific Linux
Posts: 5,753

Rep: Reputation: 1288Reputation: 1288Reputation: 1288Reputation: 1288Reputation: 1288Reputation: 1288Reputation: 1288Reputation: 1288Reputation: 1288
Quote:
Originally Posted by Walkerj4 View Post
Thank you both Very Much. the iso file name is
debian-503-AMD64-neinst.iso
Ok, that combined with no network explains why X was not installed.

Quote:
my network device is a 2wire 2700HG-B
Actually in this context we mean the device in your computer.

Quote:
I am rebooting now to run the "aptitude install kde" command in the Linux Console with a wired connection to my 2wire. I will post results ASAP.
Excellent to hear you have wired network too. Using that you should be able to set up X fairly easily, then we can set about getting your wireless working.

Just installing the kde package may not be enough. If that doesn't work, please try running the command "tasksel" and then selecting the desktop environment option (although this may give you gnome not kde...).

Cheers,

Evo2.
 
Old 12-09-2009, 12:12 PM   #6
Walkerj4
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 3

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Since my last post i have done the following:

opened the console and tried "aptitude install kde" command with no joy. the only message i understood was " no program, package, or file with "kde" found"
Erased the partition and reinstalled with wired connection with no joy. The installer still could not configure the DCHP network so i used the manual setting and input my Ip, Mask, e.c.t. I was not given an error message nor was i given a confirmation of the success of a network connection. during install the system was unable to access any of the selected apt repository mirrors. Apparently no network connection.


Thank you both for the assistance but i think that i am just not educated enough to use debian yet. if i am having this much trouble, and there are this many gaps in my knowledge of the installation process, using the system is more than i can do right now. Thank you both again.

This will remain the forum that i use and recommend for all my linux issues.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Debian installation network issues robbow52 Debian 4 07-21-2009 09:06 PM
SuSe Enterprise 9x causing installation of Debian issues? Sapient SUSE / openSUSE 3 02-26-2008 11:22 AM
Debian installation issues Stubie Linux - Newbie 8 11-04-2005 06:30 PM
Performance issues with debian post installation hasanito Debian 5 09-26-2004 09:44 AM
new debian 3.0 installation, issues on bootup. How to reconfigure??? lynchmob09 Debian 1 11-29-2003 08:38 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:00 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration