Debian Installation :: Daily Netinst Iso Can't Be Read For Boot On Virtualbox

Sep 17, 2010

I am trying to build a test VM with VirtualBox 3.2.8, hosted on Ubuntu 10.04 amd64. I am trying to install Debian Squeeze from the daily build (specifically, from the following URL):


(I've also tried the netinst ISO in the same directory.) The sha1sums are correct for each image.

When I start the VM, it refuses to boot, giving me the message "FATAL: No bootable medium found! System halted."

I would like to note that I've used VirtualBox for several years now, and GNU/Linux since 1995. So I have some experience in the field. (Of course experience is not much guard against brown-bag mistakes.) I've tried this same VM with an Ubuntu ISO (simply switching the attached ISO in the config), and it boots and installs OK.

Is there a known problem with the daily builds vs. VirtualBox?

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Debian Installation :: Netinst: Make Boot CD From Iso?

Aug 16, 2010

I have a Redhat Enterprise Linux system and I want to re-make it as Debian. I downloaded the Debian netinst iso but can't seem to make a bootable CD out of it, and I haven't found any adequate explanations anywhere.

I tried burning the iso directly to a disk. i set up the boot order in my BIOS but when I restart the machine it spins the CD drive a few times and then moves on to the hard drive.

I tried expanding the iso into a directory, and then copying all those files into into the "Blank CD-R Disc" on my Gnome Desktop, burnt the CD, and still no boot.

I found some instructions using X3b, but X3b was giving me errors.

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I'm using the debian testing netinst image (from below url) and trying to install on virtualbox (part of a debian testing vagrant base box build pipeline I've got). This hasn't worked properly for last couple of weeks. Host system is also debian testing.URL....

if I accept all the defaults through the installer (apart from small details like timezone), I end up with a system in which the network does not work. It seems that /etc/network/interfaces has eth0 but the actual network card is called enp0s3, so no network comes up at first boot (despite that the network works fine during the actual install). I can easily fix it after the first boot by editing /etc/network/interfaces and replacing eth0 by enp0s3 and then doing an ifup. This is fine for a workaround but begs the question of why does it fail in the first place.

I have googled a bit and found this thread: [URL] .... which describes a similar issue, and there are other threads out there describing the change.

The udev change seems reasonable enough, but also some package involved in basic debian netinst installation has a bug given that the default install path results in a broken system. Question is, is there a bug already reported (I couldn't find it), or else, which package should I report the issue against? End result should be basic install does not require editing after boot to fix the network.

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4.3.1. Preparing a USB stick using a hybrid CD or DVD image

Select all# cp debian-7.6.0-ia64-netinst.iso /dev/sdb
# sync

Unfortunately, the USB will not boot.

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I cannot follow these instructions [URL] .... because "auto" and "iface" commands not found.

iptables isn't installed, but I want to install nftables since it's what iproute2 is to net-tools.

And it doesn't even have NetworkManager either and so far I found out ifconfig (net-tools) has been dropped in favor of iproute2, although that is just what Wikipedia says.

[URL] ....

"apt-cache search iproute2" revealed there is only iproute.

I just checked, net-tools is also installed, but ifconfig command not found?

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Usually I have no issue at all installing a barebones sid system, but over the last week I've had the same error over and over.

The issue appears to of been resolved. I guess something server side was tweaked.

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Oct 1, 2010

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Also, is audio included or not in gnome-shell?

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Code: Select alldeb stretch main non-free contrib
deb stretch/updates main

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I have been using Debian on and off since Sarge and it's not as long as most people but since I can remember, the installer has always had some issues and I was wondering if you guys who use Debian religiously could answer these questions for me:

1. Difference between "Netinst" & "Business-card" besides the size being smaller? It seems like the Netinst installs two different kernels. One dated kernel to get the system up and running and then it downloads the latest one where I think the 'Business-card' ISO simply downloads the latest kernel and nothing more which seems preferred. Am I wrong?

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3. Why has nobody fixed the installer progress bar from hanging on 33%? As far as I have been using / installing Debian, the installer progress bar is always stuck on 33% & it still installs fine but never shows the user it's exact progress. I would think the developers would have resolved this after 4 years by now...

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The cdrom debian installer to be put is located here,

I tried unetbootin to make this pendrive, and it seems to be working, but not perfect. it hangs after the territory, saying that nothing into /cdrom is mounted.

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Code: Select allii  virtualbox                             4.3.30-dfsg-1+deb8u1                 amd64        x86 virtualization solution - base binaries
rc  virtualbox-4.3                         4.3.30-101610~Debian~wheezy          amd64        Oracle VM VirtualBox
ii  virtualbox-dkms                        4.3.30-dfsg-1+deb8u1                 all          x86 virtualization solution - kernel module sources for dkms
ii  virtualbox-qt                          4.3.30-dfsg-1+deb8u1                 amd64        x86 virtualization solution - Qt based user interface

vbox-install log on other board,I upgraded from Debian 7 stable to Debian 8 stable. I haven't used virtualbox in a long time, so maybe I somehow did this myself, but I'm not sure where that is if I did.

I couldn't find anything else in /var/log that would be useful. It's across all users. I checked the launch scripts /usr/bin/virtualbox, /usr/bin/ vbox manage, and /var/lib/virtualbox/*

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