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Old 11-02-2004, 07:00 PM   #1
Gamezace
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Unhappy Interesting installation problem


Alright, well after playing with several other distros, I spent all of last night tinkering with Debian on a friend's computer, and I loved it.

I came back today, downloaded the stable release net-install disk and tried to install. Several times...it was never able to successfully set up apt. I even manually added the sources...no good. So I downloaded the latest sarge net-install release, and tried it out.

While installing, things were going much better. However, I then hit network autoconfig with DHCP. I know for a fact that my network uses DHCP (VT campus here), mostly because I just got done setting this exact same installation up on my friend's computer the night before (while installing sarge, I realized this was the installation we had used.). However, DHCP always fails to setup properly.

And since without a network, I can't even complete the installation, I'm not sure what to do.

Why would my computer not be able to autoconfig with DHCP, even though I know that's what I should be using.

I suppose it is possible that the installation does not have the drivers for my ethernet card - if that is the case, how would I fix it?

Any suggestions for any of the above?

AMD64 3400+
2GB RAM
Radeon 9700 Mobility
Realtek RTL8169/8110 Family Gigabit Ethernet NIC

Thanks in advance!

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Old 11-02-2004, 07:28 PM   #2
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you're using a stock kernel?

I don't expect that driver to be included on the system, and my best guess is that you need the driver -- luckily, realtek has these things for you...

http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/...&Software=True
 
Old 11-02-2004, 07:38 PM   #3
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Alright, so if this is the case:

How would I install this driver so that I could complete the net-installation? Is there a way to incorporate it into the installation?

And if not, how should I go about installing Debian, the ethernet card, and then setting up the network? Heh, excuse my ignorance, I've just never had to do this before. All the other distros I have used set it up for me.

Thanks again!

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Old 11-02-2004, 08:30 PM   #4
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The Realtek 8169 has been supported for ages - at least in the Sarge net install I would just burn an iso of the latest netinst image at http://www.au.debian.org/devel/debian-installer and take it from there.

Don't forget to include full proxy information, and use http rather than ftp if your network firewall complains (and of course apt get all of the security updates).

Good luck !

mj
 
Old 11-02-2004, 09:37 PM   #5
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Well I got it fixed...it was fairly easy, so I'll post it in case anyone stumbles across this later with the same problem.

At boot, enter:

linux26

To install with a newer kernel and better hardware support. Heh, good luck!
 
Old 11-02-2004, 09:49 PM   #6
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Great to hear it all worked out, and that you've now got a working Debian system . Definitely recommended if you're on a fast, clean network !

Cheers,

mj
 
  


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