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Old 04-29-2005, 09:14 PM   #1
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Installing Debian

If I used the images labeled debian-30r5-i386-binary-1.iso, debian-30r5-i386-binary-2.iso and so on, do I need all of them, or can all of the packages just be downloaded from the repositories using the first disk?

Also, is i386 the right choice for a IBM t42?
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When doing a network install I usually boot from cd5 (because it supports ext3).
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you only really need CD1, that'll give you a base system which you can install from. I did once have a small problem with one computer, and had no cd burner available, so you can even install debian from a floppy disk!

that will allow you to make a floppy image to boot off, then the rest can be downloaded from the Internet - good if you have no cd's cd burner's or are a real Scrooge and don't want to waste a cd.

i did once download the entire set, but they became obsolete pretty soon, and so dumped them in favor of downloading them as and when packages are needed.

Hope this helps

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you can also install debian from only the initrd on the netinstallation media.. be it floppy, cd, or whatever. and, of course a kernel that supports your hardware.. I mention this only as a point of interest because it's not something you'd normally want to do..
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Yes, i386 is Correct for your notebook.

You may have issues with the ATI drivers though.

If you need any other help you can check out

I have the same notebook and everything works great except hardware acceleration with the video card.
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So, then what do the other CDs contain if 1 is the base system?
Old 05-02-2005, 03:47 AM   #7
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The other CD's Contain software packages, which can be obtained just as well from the internet. All depends if your willing to wait ages for the 7 cd's to download or wait individually for each package.

I personally prefer downloading the packages when i need them - means i get the latest and greatest. The CD images can become outdated very quickly, but are very useful if you have a slow internet connection, or a computer without an internet connection.



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