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howarddevore 05-19-2005 11:21 AM

Sarge installation difficulties
 
hi there.
I recently receieved the pc which is to be be my first linux pc, and downloaded a debian sarge netinst disk.

Having alook around inside the box with google, the manual, and a pencil handy, i think i've sussed that it has no ethernet card. It does however have a connected rj45 on the back - so q1: is that ethnet?

Anyway, i thought that this might preclude the netinst, but plugged in a usb modem and booted the pc with the sarge netinst I'd burned off.
It all seemed to go along lovely except that the modem wasn't detected, so - no netinst.

Q2: what should i do now? I got to the installation stage that asks for PPP.
I'm tempted to forgoe netinst and burn as many cd-roms as neccasery. However (q3) Will there be any conflict between the bits already installed from the single cd and 'the rest' is i tried that?

Debian didn't seem to have any problem with the sata drive, which is what i expected to be awkward, but i only have a usb modem.

Any advice on any of the above points would be greatly appreciated; so close now, yet so far away! :)

Howard

the winxp on the other box is quivering now...

Artik 05-19-2005 11:56 AM

Some suggestions"
  • In my opinion the best solution is to download 2-3 CD iso's in order to get most of packages on Disks you may need for further setup.
    Then perform ordinary installation from CDs.
  • Another solution,
    If you have Ethernet cards on both computers (2nd XP Box) and Cross X cable and your XP is connect to internet and you can setup on XP little home LAN (very simple wizard in XP) then you can go for NetInst.
  • You can also download 1 CD iso that allready gives you ready to run system with Gnome. Then you can setup/download all you need.

Good luck

howarddevore 05-19-2005 01:14 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Artik
Some suggestions"
  • In my opinion the best solution is to download 2-3 CD iso's in order to get most of packages on Disks you may need for further setup.
    Then perform ordinary installation from CDs.
  • Another solution,
    If you have Ethernet cards on both computers (2nd XP Box) and Cross X cable and your XP is connect to internet and you can setup on XP little home LAN (very simple wizard in XP) then you can go for NetInst.
  • You can also download 1 CD iso that allready gives you ready to run system with Gnome. Then you can setup/download all you need.

Good luck

ok thanks, I'm DLing the second installation iso.
I'll probably be back, but i'm getting into this now.

Howard

Pingus 05-20-2005 12:02 PM

How can you have an RJ45 connected in the back an no ethernet card? Is it still possible these days to buy a PC with no ethernet? I installed Debian Sarge recently with netinst and it automagically detected IP, DNS and all that is needed. It worked like a charm.

A silly question, just to get it out of the way: you do have broadband access, right?

Next question: Are we talking about a desktop or a laptop?

samael26 05-20-2005 12:11 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Pingus
I installed Debian Sarge recently with netinst and it automagically detected IP, DNS and all that is needed. It worked like a charm.
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It does not detect ALL ethernet cards, unfortunately. It did not on two PCs of mine whereas the etehernet card on the
newest computer was.

To know which cards are detected , it is safer to check on the Libranet site (same list as on Debian installer)

Deeze 05-20-2005 06:08 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Pingus
How can you have an RJ45 connected in the back an no ethernet card?
If it's built into the motherboard.

howarddevore 05-21-2005 07:18 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by Pingus
How can you have an RJ45 connected in the back an no ethernet card? Is it still possible these days to buy a PC with no ethernet? I installed Debian Sarge recently with netinst and it automagically detected IP, DNS and all that is needed. It worked like a charm.

A silly question, just to get it out of the way: you do have broadband access, right?

Next question: Are we talking about a desktop or a laptop?

hi there,
I It has an rj45 that connects to the motherboard. Forgive, me i was being stupid. Its an integrated one.

howard

howarddevore 05-21-2005 07:20 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by Pingus
How can you have an RJ45 connected in the back an no ethernet card? Is it still possible these days to buy a PC with no ethernet? I installed Debian Sarge recently with netinst and it automagically detected IP, DNS and all that is needed. It worked like a charm.

A silly question, just to get it out of the way: you do have broadband access, right?

Next question: Are we talking about a desktop or a laptop?

Yes we have broadband. Its a desktop pc.
I seem to have cracked it though, with cds.

howard


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