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Old 11-23-2016, 10:34 PM   #1
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Error: prefix not configured on Debian 8.6.0 installer boot.

Hi. I'm not really one for introductions on forums, and I'm really sorry if this is in the wrong forum.

Anyway, let's start trying to describe this. By the way, Windows Vista is installed on the laptop. AMD64, no UEFI or GPT although my laptop can do both. I've got a Debian 8.6 install option already set up, but it starts with a "Try hd(0,0) NTFS5 error: variable prefix not set," before going on a second later to mount errors. All the possible drives—3 USB and one HDD—can't mount due to an invalid argument, and then can't unmount because it wasn't mounted in the first place. I've got a feeling this is interfering with Vista since USB devices stop working. Then, sometimes it flashes green lines, bamds, and noise for a split second each, before simply going to an eternal fully black screen. Which is around the time I restart into Windows Vista to see if I can fix something. I've so far fixed a deprecated vga:780 tag, but nothing else, even after a long while of searching. Maybe I wasn't that thorough, though.

Specs, as Windows Vista sees them:
Vista Home Premium, SP2.
Acer Aspire ES1-711
x64 based (MBR & BIOS laptop, although it came originally with GPT and UEFI.)
Processor: Intel Pentium N3540 @2.16GHz, 2159 Mhz, 4 cores, 4 logical processors.
BIOS version, date: Insyde Corp, 1.04, 9/12/2014
RAM: 4.0 GB
Total physical memory: 3.89 GB
Of that, available: 3.14 GB
Virtual memory total: 7.95 GB
Of that, available: 7.18 GB
Display: Standard VGA at 1600x900, really Intel HD "Bay Trail"
Keyboard: PS/2 keyboard (Laptop keyboard with working touchpad),
USB: Pentium N-types,
Drive: Uncompressed 465.76 GB MBR/NTFS disk, 395.58 GB free.
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