Debian Installation :: Partitioning Fails During Install?

Feb 11, 2011

So I am helping a friend (computer n00b) to install Debian Squeeze over the telephone, since his Vista had crashed, and after we set up the partitions like so:9 GB /1GB swap 150 GB /homeIt "hangs" for a while, i.e. nothing happens, and then it says that it "failed to partition disks". It did not give any error codes, and I did not see the message first hand, since I was doing it over the phone, but I was thinking that there is something wrong with the hard drive (causing Vista to crash perhaps?) so could this be circumvented by just using the first (or last) 10-15 GB of the disk?

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Debian Installation :: Partitioning Fails On Sun Ultra 450?

Apr 3, 2011

So, I've got as far as partitioning the hard disks on my Sun Ultra 450 Enterprise system, but it always fails with:

SILO (Sparc Linux Loader) can only boot the kernel off of a disk with the "sun" partition table. In the current partitioning scheme the kernel is going to be installed on the /boot partition located on a disk with the partition table of type "msdos".

What is this error message trying to say in its ambiguous way?

I selected automatic partitioning, but it got me to the same place as manual partitioning before it failed in the same way.

I installed four used hard drives in this system - they may have come from PCs for all I know. However, they are SCSI SCA drives, which makes it hard for me to believe they came from a PC environment.

If they did, do I need to to a low-level (or high-level) format of these drives to wipe out the "msdos"ness of them? If so, how do I do that in the SILO installer?

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Feb 7, 2010

Whenever I try to install Ubuntu 9.10 x64 from a Live CD the installer freezes or quits when trying to partition the drive. I tried booting into the Live environment and using GParted but that would only let me make a ReiserFS partition without crashing. With the Reiser partition I tried the installation program again but this time the installer froze when trying to install the files.

My system specs are:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3.0GHz)
4GB RAM
500GB SATA2 HDD
ATI Radeon HD 4770

Currently it also has a second SATA2 HDD with Windows 7 installed but I disconnect this during installations

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Dec 4, 2010

How to best manage partitioning when install programs not from debian repositories?I just discovered that Debian installs applications not from repositories to /opt and /lib. Both directories or folders reside in root (/) partition.Having made my root (/) partition (which is only around 500MB) -- more than sufficient for holding a couple of linux images but NOT good for holding application.What is the best solution for resolving this? It's annoying and worrying that my system always reminds of a close to full capacity root partition.

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Mar 1, 2016

I'm trying to install Debian Jessie, but the installation keeps failing when installing the ca-certificates package and then asks for a media change to the disk that is already in the drive, and keeps asking even though it's already in the drive.

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Apr 27, 2015

When I try to install Debian 8 on my laptop I get this rather odd error. The install fails every time. I've managed to get as far as choosing which Desktop Environment I want and the shortly after it shuts off. It shows 4 messages

Code: Select allSystem is going down!
Sending Termsignal
Sending Killsignal
Requesting Machine Poweroff

The machine I'm trying to install on is a Gateway NV53, 4gb of RAM, AMD Athlon II x64.

At first I thought it might be my disc so I burnt another DVD using the 4.3GB DVD image I had downloaded. I checked the disc and it verified with the image and so I tried again with the same results as above. Any clue what might be causing this? I'm sure it isn't my hardware, Arch has been running fine for almost 6 months and never seemed to care.

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Debian :: Partitioning The HD During Installation?

Dec 15, 2010

I am trying to install Debian Lenny on my iMac. When the installer menu comes to the partitioning scheme, I have no choice other than "manual partitioning".

Based on what I have read so far, I think I need to have at least two partitions:

- a root partition (/) but for how much space I am not so sure yet

- a swap partition equal to the amount of my RAM (which in this case is 2 GB DDR3): is this correct?

I wonder if I should furthermore make a "free space" (around 1 GB) and a boot partitions as well. Should I make any further partitions?

I want to devote some 50 GB of space to Debian so how the rest of this space should be partitioned: that is, when I am done with root, swap, free space, and boot, I am still left with a considerable amount of space.

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Oct 9, 2015

I've run into a situation where when performing a pxe/preseed install the system boots up into the install without issue, getting a dhcp address, then the installer begins to configure the network and it gets to where it request a dhcp address and it instantly fails the install stating that we are either not using dhcp or it's slow.

I've added d-i netcfg/dhcp_timeout string 600 to the preseed file but it doesn't seem to be honoured here since it doesn't wait 600 seconds before failing. I have 2 other identical systems that install using the same preseed file but the installer completes as expected. This system has no issues installing centos just debian fails. I did try, once the install failed, to switch to the console and run udhcpc and the server received the address reserved for it.

Is there a method to force debian installer to wait a bit longer for the dhcp server besides what I've already done?

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Debian Installation :: Attempt To Install From USB Fails To Detect Cdrom

Jan 31, 2016

I am attempting to install debian for the first time on my pc that has no cdrom drive. I downloaded the Jessie CD image and wrote it to a 4GB stick, it didnt work. Then tried the netinstall image but face the same issue.

To write the usb stick I used unetbooting first, then tried win32diskimager and finally tried DD while stick was not mounted

Code: Select alldd if=debian.iso of=/dev/sdb BS=4MB; sync

Issue is still the same: I boot from the usb and after selecting language and keyboard it fails to detect cdrom drive (no drive at all in my pc). Same behavior using normal or expert mode.

Im also unable to manually specify the drive (it looks at /cdrom and I wanted to change it to the usb stick itself or mount usb to /cdrom but I cant find my stick in /dev)

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Sep 14, 2010

I'm trying to install Debian-testing to an ASUS 1018P netbook on which I have successfully installed Arch in the past. I'm installing from an external DVD drive and when I get to the point of network configuration it fails. I'm connected via Ethernet via eth0 which is recognized. Here is the last part of the ouput:

kernel: [ 1807.932848] atl1c 0000:01:00.0: irq 29 for MSI/MSI-X
kernel: [ 1807.933453] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth0: link is not ready
dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval is 8
dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval is 15
code....

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Debian Installation :: Partitioning Scheme For GPT On A SSD

Sep 23, 2014

I have a Intel DH67CL motherboard with UEFI support(and updated to latest BIOS). I have connected a 180GB Intel 330 SSD into my system so as to install Debian testing.

Presently, a 160GB sata hard drive is connected along with SSD and is used to boot default OS.

1. I am planning to do GPT partitioning. I am totally new to GPT partitioning. from what I understands, It needs some mandatory partitions like ESP. My doubt is, in a SSD solely booting Linux, will I need to create separate /(root) and /home and /data partitions? Also, I plan to use /var/log and some other frequently updated directories moved into existing harddrive.

So, what is the partitioning order - is this fine - ESP(512MB), /boot(100MB), /(30GB), /home(50GB) and /DATA(50GB) and remaining 16-17GB for over provisioning for the SSD?

2. is there a need to have 128MB MSR(microsoft reserved) in the case of Linux

3. With gdisk or parted for creating partitions? how to verify if partitions are aligned. In GPT, only primary partitions are supported?

4. Some answers in askubuntu/superuser says ext4 is not really good for SSD, instead take JFS? is this true? Is Btrfs mature enough to use with Desktop system

5. Which bootloader? gdisk creator Roderick is pushing for rEFInd or gummyboot instead of GRUB2.

6. In my PC, 4GB RAM is available with a core i3 processor. Shall I mount /tmp in RAM? Will I need to specify the size of RAM when mounting using /etc/fstab? A size of 1GB is fine?

7. using deadline I/O Scheduler instead of CFQ?

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Nov 18, 2014

I want to try Debian on my Asus Eee netbook and I'm trying to follow the instructions in URL... But just copying the ISO file to the USB drive then trying to boot from it doesn't seem to work. I just get "Missing operating system".

The Eee can use an external optical drive as well but that failed also. I'm sure I need to do more to prepare the USB drive or CD? Can I prepare the USB Drive or CD on my Windows system, and make it boot on the netbook (which has another Linux distro on it now)?

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Apr 5, 2011

This has now happened with 3 computers. I boot the i386 iso on a usb stick and I enter my name fine and create an account with a password, and then after the time is checked, the installation gets halfway through the hard disk bar and then suddenly it freezes. Sorry if i'm a little unspecific, I've forgotten what the name of the process was exactly and I don't want to have to try again if unnecessary.

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Nov 8, 2011

I'm new to the Debian, but not to Linux. I've previously used Ubuntu for a few years, so I know something about how a successful installation should look like. I'm currently using Windows 7.

I downloaded the debian-6.0.3-amd64-gnome-netinst.iso from [URL] ...., and then made a USB pendrive using the Windows version of Unetbootin. The MD5 sum for the .iso-file was the correct one, b663727d7f5b572c329cea8e2ff5e29c.

I used the usual non-graphical setup, without any special options. The installation process went without hiccups until the "Starting up the partitioner" -screen freezes at "Scanning disks...". The bar stops at 50%. It never progresses any farther, even after an hour. It doesn't give any errors either. After I pressed Alt+F4, the last lines were:

Code: Select allpartman:   No matching physical volumes found
partman:   No volume groups found
partman:   Reading all physical volumes. This may take a while...
partman-lvm:   No volumegroups found

Exactly the same happens with firmware-6.0.3-amd64-netinst.iso too, or any of the live versions I tried. The result of graphical installation was also nothing. The USB pendrive created by LinuxLive USB Creator was nonoperative in exactly the same way.

The computer is brand new, without any previous OS installations. My desktop computer has the following parts:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T, AM3, 2.8 GHz (HDT55TFBGRBOX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3, AM3+, AMD 970, DDR3, ATX
Videocard: Gigabyte GT 430
Memory: Kingston 2x2 GB, DDR3 1066MHz, CL7 (KVR1066D3N7K2/4G)
Harddrive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ
Powersupply: OCZ 600W ModXstream, ATX 2.2, (OCZ600MXSP-EU)

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Jul 31, 2011

I have downloaded the latest version of Debian for PPC to run on my iMac G3 600MHz 1GB ram. The problem is, is when it is partitioning the HD the computer just shuts down and restarts from the beginning. I don't understand this. I chose it to erase and use the entire disk. The HD is 80GB. I really want to install this OS!

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Ubuntu Installation :: 10.04 Partitioning Bug - Install Without Physically Taking Out 2nd Hdd?

Jul 27, 2010

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i want to install ubuntu on hdd 1 - 26G partition now when i start the installer in partitions it shows me serial ata RAID pdc_cbac (stripe) ... 498G. i cant chose from dropdown any of the 2 hdd. when i enter manual partitioning it shows me the partition as i listed them, in a raid volume dev mapper pdc_cbac...

now i disabled 1 hdd in bios (2 one); i checked that is disabled trough a dos boot loader... it is... now when i enter install partition, the disabled hdd its still there and the raid volume same, unchanged.

why is this happening? why cant i see my 2 hdd in partitioner drop down menu? how can i install without physically taking out 2-nd hdd? see the picture; the freespace at the mouse pinter is in fact a ntfs partition on hdd2, hdd that is disabled in bios [URL]

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Jan 3, 2016

I'm trying to perform a clean installation of 8.0.0-i386 from a CD. Seven consecutive attempts all result in the same issue: Almost immediately after commiting the disk partitioning settings (i.e., to begin formatting), the computer does a hard restart. I have tried doing the partitioning as early as possible in the installation process, just in case the system is running out of memory; I have also tried using the lowmem option. I suspect the problem may be related to my very old hardware...

Micronics serverboard 440BX chipset*
Dual Pentium II 450MHz CPUs*
1GB ECC RAM*
Adaptec AHA-2940UW SCSI adapter
IBM Ultrastar 36GB UW-SCSI HDD
ATAPI CD-ROM
Matrox G100 AGP video card*
*starred items are all original parts from an Intergraph server with validation/verification stickers attesting to their intercompatibility

No POST errors, the HDD passed verification using the Adaptec ROM utility, all unnecessary hardware removed

Could it be that I need an older release or some custom-compiled kernel? The only thing I could come up with on the web was that a lot of people have a similar failure with modern distros on non-PAE CPUs, but the P-II should not be susceptible to this problem.

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Debian Installation :: When Choose Resume Partitioning Installer Then Freezes At Detect File Systems

Dec 1, 2014

I'm trying to install Debian Jessie beta2 on a UEFI laptop. The installation worked just fine before with setting in manual partitioning an EFI system partition and a root partition.But when I try to partition with root as an encrypted volume I get this error when I wanna write changes to disk:" the attempt to mount a file system with type vfat in scsi1 partition sda at /boot/efi failed"When I choose resume partitioning the installer then freezes at "detect file systems".

Because my harddrive needs specific alignment I've made beforehand in gdisk:EFI System Partition of 100mib at /dev/sda1/boot partition of 512mib at /dev/sda2/ (because I expect the installer to want a /boot too for an encrypted device)rest of harddrive reserved for root at /dev/sda3

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Jun 28, 2009

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I tried many parameters, including xdriver=vesa, and it cannot used graphical install.

So, I tried text install, which I have done many times in the past.

However, F11 seems crippled, in that it will NOT do the same install achievable from a graphical install.

It will NOT allow the use of fdisk, and it will NOT allow any selection of any packages.

What is the point of this option?

Even after trying all of this, for a dual boot install, and F11 claims to have installed, there is no grub or equivalent, and the computer just boots windows, just like Fedora 11 did absolutely nothing.

What are the options now? Why is text install so crippled and incomplete? Why is standard VGA mode so hard?

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Jan 7, 2011

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Aug 15, 2010

I have installed Debian maybe 30 times over the years since about 2003, stable, testing and Sid on two different desktops and two different laptops. The only problem I have ever had is sometimes with a flaky daily build. It is one of my favorite distros.

BUT, I am totally frustrated is trying to install to a USB. I have followed the manual step by step about 6 times in the past two weeks. The result is always the same. The installation fails to find an installation iso image. Yes, I know the iso image and the hd-media vmlinuz and initrd.gz files are supposed to be the same version.

File: debian-testing-i386-netinst.iso from: [url]

Files: vmlinuz and initrd.gz from: [url]

The USB boots to a Language selection screen and proceeds through the Keyboard selection screen with no problems.

The next step which searches for an installation iso image fails.

Skipping that step and trying to load installer components from iso image also fails.

Searching the entire PC for an installation iso image also fails. (I even copied the netinst iso image to the HD root directory.)

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The GRUB installation step fails. I terminated the installation without a bootloader and rebooted from DVD with the rescue boot option.

Now I asked for a console to try to manually install the bootloader but the following command:

# grub-install /dev/sda1
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/bin/sh: grub-install: not found

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I was planning on installing Stretch on my iBook G4. So I got my netinst cd and went through the install process. Everything was fine till I got to the section where I selected my mirrors. I chose the US/ftp.debian.org mirror and it failed so I tried the ftp.kernel.org and that failed as well. Then I tried the third on the list and I was able to connect and get my packages. The install completed, however when I rebooted the bootup froze. So I thought that it could my cd so I went and grabbed the latest stretch iso from the site.

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Mar 10, 2010

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Code:
Decompressing Linux... Parsing ELF... done.
Booting the kernel.
Loading, please wait...
mount: mounting /dev/sda1 on /root failed: No such device
(continues for other partitions and mount points)
Target filesystem doesn't have /sbin/init
No init found. Try passing init=bootarg

BusyBox v1.10.2 (Debian 1:1.10.2-2) built-in shell (ash)
/bin/sh: can't access tty; job control turned off
(initramfs) [9.670347] sd 0:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through [9.673805] sd 0:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
(some insignificant text was not copied :P)

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Oct 30, 2010

Q:How to set a Dual boot for 2 linux OS's on a 80GB HD? I have 5 Lenny 5.0.5 DVD's and that is currently installed. No data on current setup needs to be saved. So a reinstall is not a problem.

Would like to set up as follows:

1st OS permanent Lenny 5.05 (about 50GB).

2nd OS space (about 30mg) is (testing) or playing with CD/DVD's of the month.

My background: I did S/W development on the HPUX about 100 yrs. ago, so I can just get around the command line.

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