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Old 11-19-2012, 05:43 PM   #1
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Debian installer error: no suitable kernel

I just installed Debian Wheezy, but during base-system install when it came to choose kernel, it just said no suitable kernel found.
I guess I need to chroot into system & install, is there any documentation available for accomplishing?
Or is it possible to install my 2.6.32 kernel so as to boot & compile a kernel?
Old 11-19-2012, 07:06 PM   #2
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It's strange that the installation program didn't find a kernel, did you check the iso images and the installation media? As for chrooting and installing the kernel, I guess it should not be difficult, in case it's the only thing missing. Assuming your Debian root partition is /dev/sda1, you can try this from a live environment or other Linux install on the same computer:

mkdir /mnt/debian
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/debian
mount -t proc none /mnt/debian/proc
mount -o bind /dev /mnt/debian/dev
chroot /mnt/debian /bin/bash
apt-get update
apt-get install linux-image-2.6-your_preferred_architecture
While on the chrooted environment, you probably have to update grub's configuration in order to add the newly installed kernel (in case grub is installed):

Hope it works.


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