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Old 04-07-2011, 07:52 AM
Rob Hurle
 
Default EeePC and Debian

I have an EeePC 4G (the 701) and I'm trying to put Debian Squeeze on
to it. I've RTFM and read the wiki, and got to the stage of having a
USB stick that boots the netinst version. The EeePC is connected to
the Internet by a proven cable (not wireless). The USB stick boots to
the install screen (looks good) and I can use the touch pad to
navigate around that. But, when I choose anything from that menu, the
system hangs. CTL-ALT-DEL reboots, and it seems to be the only way to
get out of it, short of removing the battery. The power button does
nothing.

If I look at the USB stick on my Debian system, this is what I see:

rob@debianrob:/media> cd Debian 6.0.1a i386 1/
rob@debianrob:/media/Debian 6.0.1a i386 1> ll
total 721
-r--r--r-- 1 rob root 27 2011-03-21 02:03 autorun.inf
dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 css
lr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 1 2011-03-21 02:03 debian -> .
dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 dists
dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 doc
dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 firmware
-r--r--r-- 1 rob root 110070 2011-03-15 13:51 g2ldr
-r--r--r-- 1 rob root 8192 2011-03-15 13:51 g2ldr.mbr
dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 install
dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 install.386
dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 4096 2011-03-21 02:03 isolinux
-r--r--r-- 1 rob root 40572 2011-03-21 02:04 md5sum.txt
dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 pics
dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 pool
-r--r--r-- 1 rob root 8761 2011-03-21 02:04 README.html
-r--r--r-- 1 rob root 142516 2011-03-20 06:54 README.mirrors.html
-r--r--r-- 1 rob root 76776 2011-03-20 06:54 README.mirrors.txt
-r--r--r-- 1 rob root 398 2011-03-21 02:03 README.source
-r--r--r-- 1 rob root 5373 2011-03-21 02:04 README.txt
-r--r--r-- 1 rob root 319525 2011-03-15 13:51 setup.exe
dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 tools
-r--r--r-- 1 rob root 237 2011-03-21 02:03 win32-loader.ini

There seems to be a lot windows stuff here, but there is a "vmlinuz"
file in the install.386 directory. Do I need to boot into the old
EeePC linux system and then run this? What am I missing? (Yes, I did
read the READMEs).

Thank you,
Rob Hurle
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:57 AM
Liam O'Toole
 
Default EeePC and Debian

On 2011-04-07, Rob Hurle <rob1940@gmail.com> wrote:
> I have an EeePC 4G (the 701) and I'm trying to put Debian Squeeze on
> to it. I've RTFM and read the wiki, and got to the stage of having a
> USB stick that boots the netinst version. The EeePC is connected to
> the Internet by a proven cable (not wireless). The USB stick boots to
> the install screen (looks good) and I can use the touch pad to
> navigate around that. But, when I choose anything from that menu, the
> system hangs. CTL-ALT-DEL reboots, and it seems to be the only way to
> get out of it, short of removing the battery. The power button does
> nothing.

I am running squeeze on that model. In my case, however, I installed
lenny from the Debian eee PC project, and upgraded from there.

One major change in squeeze is that non-free firmware is not included in
the default image. IIRC, the 4G requires non-free firmware for the
wireless card. I'm not saying that this accounts for the system hang,
but you can eliminate it as a possibility by using an install image with
bundled non-free firmware.

Another avenue to explore is a text-only installation. Does that allow
you to get any further?

>
> If I look at the USB stick on my Debian system, this is what I see:
>
> rob@debianrob:/media> cd Debian 6.0.1a i386 1/
> rob@debianrob:/media/Debian 6.0.1a i386 1> ll
> total 721
> -r--r--r-- 1 rob root 27 2011-03-21 02:03 autorun.inf
> dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 css
> lr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 1 2011-03-21 02:03 debian -> .
> dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 dists
> dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 doc
> dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 firmware
> -r--r--r-- 1 rob root 110070 2011-03-15 13:51 g2ldr
> -r--r--r-- 1 rob root 8192 2011-03-15 13:51 g2ldr.mbr
> dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 install
> dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 install.386
> dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 4096 2011-03-21 02:03 isolinux
> -r--r--r-- 1 rob root 40572 2011-03-21 02:04 md5sum.txt
> dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 pics
> dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 pool
> -r--r--r-- 1 rob root 8761 2011-03-21 02:04 README.html
> -r--r--r-- 1 rob root 142516 2011-03-20 06:54 README.mirrors.html
> -r--r--r-- 1 rob root 76776 2011-03-20 06:54 README.mirrors.txt
> -r--r--r-- 1 rob root 398 2011-03-21 02:03 README.source
> -r--r--r-- 1 rob root 5373 2011-03-21 02:04 README.txt
> -r--r--r-- 1 rob root 319525 2011-03-15 13:51 setup.exe
> dr-xr-xr-x 1 rob root 2048 2011-03-21 02:03 tools
> -r--r--r-- 1 rob root 237 2011-03-21 02:03 win32-loader.ini
>
> There seems to be a lot windows stuff here, but there is a "vmlinuz"
> file in the install.386 directory. Do I need to boot into the old
> EeePC linux system and then run this? What am I missing? (Yes, I did
> read the READMEs).

I think the Windows files are for launching the installer from a running
Windows environment. (I haven't tried that, so I can't be certain.)
Otherwise you would boot from the USB directly (as you are already
doing) rather from the existing OS.

>
> Thank you,
> Rob Hurle

P.S. Don't give up. Squeeze runs great on the 4G :-)

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Old 04-08-2011, 01:18 AM
Chen Wei
 
Default EeePC and Debian

On Thu, Apr 07, 2011 at 05:52:25PM +1000, Rob Hurle wrote:
> I have an EeePC 4G (the 701) and I'm trying to put Debian Squeeze on
> to it. I've RTFM and read the wiki, and got to the stage of having a
> USB stick that boots the netinst version. The EeePC is connected to
> the Internet by a proven cable (not wireless). The USB stick boots to
> the install screen (looks good) and I can use the touch pad to
> navigate around that. But, when I choose anything from that menu, the
> system hangs. CTL-ALT-DEL reboots, and it seems to be the only way to
> get out of it, short of removing the battery. The power button does
> nothing.
>
it could be a video model problem, try press TAB and custom the boot
option, *avoid* any fancy vga= parameter.

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Old 04-09-2011, 06:27 AM
Rob Hurle
 
Default EeePC and Debian

Thank you very much to everyone who answered my query:

On 8 April 2011 11:18, Chen Wei <weichen302@aol.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 07, 2011 at 05:52:25PM +1000, Rob Hurle wrote:
>> * I have an EeePC 4G (the 701) and I'm trying to put Debian Squeeze on
>> to it. *I've RTFM and read the wiki, and got to the stage of having a
>> USB stick that boots the netinst version. *The EeePC is connected to
>> the Internet by a proven cable (not wireless). *The USB stick boots to
>> the install screen (looks good) and I can use the touch pad to
>> navigate around that. *But, when I choose anything from that menu, the
>> system hangs. *CTL-ALT-DEL reboots, and it seems to be the only way to
>> get out of it, short of removing the battery. *The power button does
>> nothing.
>>
> it could be a video model problem, try press TAB and custom the boot
> option, *avoid* any fancy vga= parameter.

This worked, and I booted and installed Squeeze. I had to install
just the base system as disc space on the 4GB model is too limited.
Then I used apt-get to install what I think I need. First attempt was
to install KDE, which did install, but it took up most of the disc, so
it's now 95% full. I'm about to look at this issue. Thanks again.

Cheers,
Rob Hurle
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:02 PM
Simon Lukes
 
Default EeePC and Debian

Chen Wei <weichen302 <at> aol.com> writes:

> it could be a video model problem, try press TAB and custom the boot
> option, *avoid* any fancy vga= parameter.
>
My 4g was hanging on the install screen as soon as I chose an install option.
Your solution sorted it out, I changed the vga parameter to vga=766 - which
I got from one of the debian eeepc pages. Thank you.





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