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Old 08-11-2004, 11:56 PM   #1
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debian install ?

Hi everyone...

Can Debian be installed by floppies and then continue its installation via the Net? As i don't have CDRW...

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Re: debian install ?

Originally posted by dawn_angel
Hi everyone...

Can Debian be installed by floppies and then continue its installation via the Net? As i don't have CDRW...

Yes you need three floppies the boot, root and net modules if necessary most common drivers are built in the kernel.
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Yes, and if you have older hardware and controllers, I would suggest
starting with 'potato' image version 2.2.20; did an install a week ago
on an Armada 7400 (vingage 1998) onto a new 40 Gig, and none of
the latest boot floppies would recognize the EIDE Triflex controller.

Also, that one is very user friendly, and asks you for which diskettes
to put in next... etc; and once you get the 4 driver diskettes into it,
then it asks again if you want to re-check the hardware, and it even
can configure the Wi-Fi card! so you won't need the remaining floppies
if you have an ethernet connection.

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Very easy!

Actually you only need 2 floppies. The rescue.bin and the root.bin (the rescue has the boot.bin and linux.bin). I'm doing it now with a pair of PI 133 old PCs, and for me works fine. You probably want to take a look at .It tells you where to get the images (woody, sarge, or whatever you want) and how to write it in a floppy under linux or under win. Here's what I did:

- I take the rescue.bin and root.bin images (from woody/bf2.4 directory, I want 2.4 kernel).
- Write it from linux using: "dd if=file of=/dev/fd0 bs=1024 conv=sync ; sync" (without cuotes )
- Put it then on the PC that you want to install Debian (first the rescue, then it asks you to put the root one). Switch on the PC (make sure that your first attempt is to boot from floppy)
- follow the install instructions: setup keyboard, partion the HD, and when prompted to install the base system select from net (configure net according your needs) and that's all!. Now you have to sit and wait.

God luck!


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