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Old 08-20-2009, 10:53 PM   #1
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Debian installer hangs on Toshiba Tecra M10

I am trying to install Debian (either Lenny or Squeeze) on my new laptop (Toshiba Tecra M10), but the installer hangs.

The installer boots fine and I can access the menu. When I select either "Install" or "Graphical Install", it begins processing, but stops only a few seconds later. The last lines I see on the screen are about USB devices and CD-ROM being detected :

[1.726070] Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.20
[1.807191] usb 7-2: New USB device found, idVendor=08ff, idProduct=1600
[6.405022] sd 5:0:0:0 [sdb] Write Protect is off
[6.407118] sd 5:0:0:0 [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[6.409278] sd 5:0:0:0 [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[6.409375]  sdb:
[6.410179] sd 5:0:0:0 [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk
And that's it. It isn't completely frozen. The cursor blinks, if I leave it up for too long, the screen goes black and it comes back if I press a key. If I plug in or remove a USB drive, I get messages to that effect :

[744.640200] usb 2-6: USB disconnect, address 4
[745.299104] usb 2-1: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 5
[745.299904] usb 2-1: New USB device found, idVendor 13fe, idProduct=1f00

... and so on.

It just seems that at some point, after checking for USB, the installer simply forgets that it's supposed to process anything.

Ubuntu installed fine on the same computer and is running pretty well, so I'm ruling out BIOS configuration problems and exotic hardware. Are there any options I could pass the installer to help it understand what to process next?

I got the same result using a Squeeze DVD, a Lenny USB-drive and a Sqeeze USB-drive. It always blocks at the same line.

Any help will be most welcome.



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