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Old 04-14-2006, 10:25 PM   #1
Registered: Jul 2005
Location: Dallas, TX, USA
Distribution: Debian Etch
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Big problem with network install Ubuntu

I'm trying to network install Ubuntu Breezy onto a Thinkpad laptop. The CD drive does not work.
It seems there's a problem with the network install procedure.
For my laptop I need to put acpi=off so that the network card will work. OK, I did that and started the installer. It starts installing and goes through the first phase fine. Then it says it will reboot and continue to update. When it reboots it starts from GRUB and does not insert the acpi=off. Which means my network card will not be detected. It starts up and tried to continue the installation. But it can;t connect to the Ubuntu mirror (becasue the network card did not start). After unsuccess trying to download files needed to finish install it sends me to command line login. I type startx and it says "command not found". So the installation has failed to complete. The reason is that the installation updates GRUB and does not put acpi=off in the menu.lst. Therefore it is doomed upon reboot.

Now I have gone into /boot/grub/menu.lst and put the correct acpi=off but how do I resume the installation???????

Finally I started over with acpi=off. Again the installation wrote a new GRUB menu.lst without aspi=off. Dommed again. Same Result. I'm about to break this damn thing.

Please help before I take out my frustration on the laptop.
Old 04-15-2006, 01:08 AM   #2
Registered: Jul 2005
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Figured one out on my own

Ok, I couldn;t find an answer anywhere sop I figured it out on my own.

When the installer wants to reboot , select the option "Go Back". You are given a list of things to do. One of the last options is "execute a shell" Select this option. Then a message appears that the image is on ramdisk and tells you how to mount it. Mount it and go to boot/grub/menu.lst

vi is not available to edit. You have to use "nano" to edit the file. Insert kernel options. SAve the new menu.lst Exit the shell by typing "exit". Then allow the installer to reboot.

Upon reboot the installer enters phase 2. The NIC is now detected and finds an IP adress! Installation resumes and completes successfully!!! Hello Ubunto Breezy!


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