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Old 03-21-2005, 10:02 PM   #1
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Angry Problem installing Debbian Linux

I attempted to install Debbian Linux for the first time via a binary version of the ISO that I downloaded from the internet. Unfortunately i am not able to get connected and really don't know what I am doing. My last screen appears to have the "logon:" prompt.

I am running a dual boot with Linux, Dos, and Windows on a PIII generation of machine and 512mb of ram. And after hitting the return the following line shows up:

GNU/Linux 3.0 (none) tty1

When trying to bootup with Debbian Linux I encounter the following problems:

1) I am getting a menu for my three operating systems created by
Debbian Linux with the following options:

a) Linux
b) Other operating system (should be dos)
c) /dev/hda5 (should be Win2k)

If I click on option (a), I only get the logon prompt and I am not connected. At one point I was prompted by the setup program to click on a link to install from the net, but somehow there was no prompt for dialup.

If I click on "other operating system", I then get a menu created in Win2k for both dos and Win2k, but it takes almost five minutes for the computer to go from the Linux menu to the Win2k menu. Apparently they are daisy chained to each other.

If I click on /dev/hda5, Win2k doesn't come up and my computer locks up and freezes.

After booting into Win2k, "my computer" won't open up. If I try and save files in either Juno or on the desktop, the computer will free and I have to use the "task manager" to unlock the computer. I found a work around by using the "back directory" feature and saving the file that way. It acts like all the virtual memory is tied up. Prior to installing Debian Linux, approximately 50% of my ram memory was consumed with programs and projects that are used on my computer. I have never run out of memory and chose to install the maximum amount of memory the board would hold when I bought the computer.

Some of the questions I have are:

How do i get rid of the operating system menu created by Linux and add Linux to the operating system menu that Win2k has?

How do I get "my computer" to open up?

What do I need to do to get Windows to save files?

How do I initialize the dialup phone for dialing out on Linux?

Where do i find "wine" for creating a windows emulation? Someone told me that I could use "wine" for a windows version in Linux.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Old 03-22-2005, 08:00 PM   #2
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Use your Debian install disc to boot your machine. Once booted into the installer, select "run shell" or whatever it's called to get to a shell (terminal) screen.

Mount the partition where you installed your boot files.
To do this type in:
mkdir /mnt/boot
mount /dev/<the partition where boot is such as hda1 or whatever> /mnt/boot

once mounted, cd /boot/grub (if you used grub /boot/lilo if lilo)
copy the contents of the grub.conf (or lilo.conf) here and we can see what you are working with.
Old 03-22-2005, 11:15 PM   #3
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as for the debian install it's hard for me to know what options you chose and where you are
let me ask questions and i hope debian hasn't changed alot since i used it

tell me if i'm wrong
after you rebooted during the install you answered some questions and made your root passwd
and a user account
when it asked if you intend to install via dialup ppp you said "no" or "yes" ?
i think at that point no would be the correct response and then it goes on to configure apt
if you innitially set this not to the cd i think you can change it
the option to configure apt are
edit sources list by hand

make sure your cd is in the drive and
choose cdrom here then after it scans you disk it will ask if you want to do it simple or advanced
choose simple and the first item on the menu should be
dial-up and dial up utilities

if you chose something other than cdrom the first time around at your prompt you get now
login as root
Make sure there is a line in /etc/fstab that enables mounting your CD-ROM drive at the /cdrom mount point (the exact /cdrom mount point is required for apt-cdrom).For example, if /dev/hdc is your CD-ROM drive, /etc/fstab should contain a line like:

/dev/hdc /cdrom auto defaults,noauto,ro 0 0

Note that there must be no spaces between the words defaults,noauto,ro in the fourth field.

To verify it works, insert a CD and try running

mount /cdrom (this will mount the CD to the mount point)
ls -alF /cdrom (this should show the CD's root directory)
umount /cdrom (this will unmount the CD)

after verifying the cd is working
Next, run:

apt-cdrom add
then i think all you need to do is

apt-get install wvdial

and configure it after it installs by just following along
then to dialout type "wvdial"


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