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Old 02-04-2005, 02:58 AM   #1
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Installing Debian


I want to download the necessary files I need to install "sarge" and then get everything else from the net install but Debians website is not very clear.

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Download the installation system from the Internet, and get the rest by downloading as you install.

The network installation also has its pros:

* You can use your Internet connection, and rewritable media (diskettes or CD-RWs).
* You will only download those .deb packages that you actually want.
If you get a whole CD set, you will get a lot of packages that you won't actually use.
* A network installation of the "testing" distribution will provide you with the very latest packages, whereas any CD images of "testing" that you download would be outdated very quickly.
Where do I start? Where can I download the file I need to boot from? I assume I need to download a ISO to disk to boot from, right?

Can someone tell me if this link is right?

http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
 
Old 02-04-2005, 03:41 AM   #2
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You have the correct link there. You just need to download the i386 version if you are using a standard pc. You then burn the ISO to a cd. I would only suggest this route if you are on adsl/dsl as the download size is huge (600MB) for a standard install. I would also suggest that if you are going this route you use a common NIC so you don't have problems with the install of drivers for it.
 
Old 02-04-2005, 04:47 AM   #3
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A few comments: download also the md5 file accompanying the iso. When finished, check the md5 sum (there are quite a few programs on the internet which do that, like md5sum.exe) to make sure you didn't get a corrupted file.
Burn the iso on the cd as an image, not a regular file; it won't boot otherwise. Set the boot order in BIOS so that the CDROM comes before the HD. Reboot from CD and...happy install.
Note that, if your connection is slow, it might take a while for the install to get the needed files (I completed it in 3 1/2 h at an average speed of 40 Kb/s), so make sure you select the nearest mirror for the files when prompted.
Depending on what kind of installation you choose (Desktop, Mail server, etc.) you might have the surprise that you have no GUI when finished. No problem, 'apt-get install xfree86-common xbase-clients kdm kdesktop kwin' then reboot.
That should be about all for the beggining. The rest, after you'll succesfuly install Debian.

Good luck!

edit: you may choose gnome, fluxbox or whetever instead of KDE.
 
Old 02-04-2005, 02:25 PM   #4
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Thanks. I just wanted to be sure that I was downloading the minimal net install CD and not outdated packages on a CD and loading them on my OS while installing. I have never installed Debian before but I will give this a try.

I just downloaded the i386 ISO for the net install and I have two files called:

- sarge-i386-netinst.iso.part (which is a unknown file type)

- sarge-i386-netinst.iso (which I assume is the ISO file I need to burn to disk)

Any reason why there are 2 files instead of just one?
 
Old 02-04-2005, 02:33 PM   #5
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I just tried to burn the .ISO image and k3b says "Does not seem to be a burnable image" ...
I just downloaded it so I am not sure what is wrong.

I pointed k3b to the sarge-i386-netinst.iso and it does not like it but when I point the burning software to sarge-i386-netinst.iso.part which is a small 107MB file, it seems to not have any conflicts with it but I did not tell it to burn as I am not sure if this is the right file.

When I told k3b to load this .iso.part image, it does a md5 sum check and I got a green check by what looks like a bunch of random letters and #'s.

Last edited by carlosinfl; 02-04-2005 at 02:36 PM.
 
Old 02-04-2005, 02:34 PM   #6
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Oops, take care! Usually '.part' files represents partially downloaded files. How did you get the file? Have you, at any moment, interrupted and resumed the download? Got any error message?

To see if the file (the second you described) is the right one, do like I said in the previous post: check its md5 sum against the 'md5sum' file that oyu should've downloaded. Anyway, the size should be around 120 MB. If it's way less (even only 110 MB, let's say) it's no good.
 
Old 02-04-2005, 02:37 PM   #7
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Ok, you posted 1 min. ahead of me. It's just as I said, an incomplete download. Resume it if possible, if not, tough luck...try again.
 
Old 02-04-2005, 04:28 PM   #8
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The file just got done downloading. It looks like I was not letting firefox complete the download.

The file I have is 107.6MB...
 
Old 02-05-2005, 03:02 AM   #9
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Like I said, tough luck. But hey, don't give up! Try again and be a bit more patient this time. It would be a pitty to give up Debian just for a 15-20 mins of extra waiting.
Anyway, under Firefox, see Tools->Downloads and maybe you can resume the download from there.
 
  


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