Debian Installation :: Squeeze Defaults To KDE - Changing The Familiar Behaviour Of The Installer

Feb 8, 2011

I just finished reinstalling Squeeze on my little netbook using the debian-6.0.0-i386-netinst.iso and accepting just about all defaults, including that for the Desktop environment in tasksel. It appeared upon rebooting that, much to my surprise, KDE had been installed -- not the usual Gnome. Of course, there's nothing inherently wrong with KDE, but changing the familiar behaviour of the Debian Installer (i.e. to install Gnome) without warning seems a bit much to this long-time Debian user...

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Debian Installation :: Different Bash Shell Behaviour In Squeeze?

Feb 11, 2011

I know I was asked about wanting to change/upgrade my shell during the upgrade from Lenny to Squeeze, but I can't remember what it said, and I can't find any documentation about it online. But did something change to bash? Is this documented somehwere?Most notably I see progress messages on one line, overwriting eachother (for instance during an aptitude safe-upgrade).

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Debian Installation :: Squeeze Defaults To KDE?

Aug 13, 2011

I installed sqeeze on a netbook. Having no optical drive, I created a usb install disk with unetbootin on a laptop running Squeeze stable and the "Debian 6.0.1a DVD 1" iso. Much to my suprise it installed KDE. I expected, and wanted, Gnome. At the tasksel section I checked off "Graphical Desktop Env", "Laptop", and "Standard Sysytem Utilities". I found a similar post regarding this: viewtopic.php?f=17&t=60040 But in this case the OP installed with a netinstall iso and concluded a faulty mirror was the cause. This doesn't make sense in my case as I was using a DVD image which contains, afaik, Gnome, XFCE, and KDE

There surely must be a way to explicitly choose which desktop env. one wants installed. I realize this can be done by doing a base install and using apt-get; but I'm thinking there must be a simpler way using the installer. I tried the "Expert" install and only saw the generic "Graphical Desktop" option again. I figure I must be missing something somewhere. Also, can I get apt-get to recognize my unetbootin stick as a source to fetch from? I tried apt-cdrom and different entries in sources.list but I can't figure it out. It seems wasteful to me to download hundreds of MBs of packages from a mirror when I have them locally.

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Debian Installation :: Squeeze Installer Is Stalling

Jun 20, 2011

I have 2 machines packardbell p3/733 and a Gigabyte p4/1.9Ghz both are running well with Lenny.The Lenny installer (debian-500-i386-netinst.iso ) works fine on both machines.The all the copies of squeeze installer ( debian-6.0.1a-i386-netinst.iso ) work on the P4 but on the P3 it locks up / crashes video card / ??? when I select Graphical install.I have re downloaded the file and use gnomebaker to burn the iso image.could it be a hardware incompatibility ?

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Debian Installation :: Squeeze Installer Yaboot Failure

May 13, 2010

The installer for powerpc is broken in Squeeze. If yaboot is installed, it will break the whole boot process. I don't know exactly what goes wrong but it is a serious bug. I tried many times until I found out that yaboot is broken in Squeeze. In Lenny it still works luckily, so I could get something back after a complete sweep of my hard disk (the Lenny installer could not do anything with the ext4 partition of Squeeze as it is not supported in Lenny, so trying to put yaboot back did not work from there). Let this be a warning to people and a reminder for developers that there is a serious bug in yaboot.

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Debian Installation :: Get Some Testing On The Installer Portion Of Squeeze?

Nov 4, 2010

I am still getting the error that no kernel modules are found when trying to load components from the CD on the multi-arch version of Squeeze. Are these even tested prior to releasing them? I mean I know it's testing but I thought we were reaching a release-date and the installer is 100% broken and has been for months. I have a pile of useless multi-arch CDs for Squeeze that won't install on 64bit or 32bit machines due to not finding the kernel modules. Can we get some testing on the installer portion of Squeeze?

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Debian Installation :: No 4312 Wireless Firmw For Squeeze Installer

Feb 21, 2011

I am attempting to iron out a detail that has been bugging me a long time.Does the procedure of providing the firmware during install actually work? Note: I am NOT asking how to install the firmware POST install. What I have done to attempt to resolve:

1. Searched forums with no luck on this specific question.
2. Google was likewise uninformative.

Steps performed:During the wheezy install, from cd (cd1 testing amd64, appx 680MB), it prompts for firmware, which it identifies as ucode15.fw. (This is only part of the file name, as I did not write the entire bit down during the install.)

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Debian Installation :: 'Squeeze' AMD64 Installer Fails To Detect Hard Disk

Apr 20, 2011

Having trouble installing 'Squeeze' 6.0.1a-amd64-netinst on a new AMD64 system.The installer boots and runs fine until it gets to hard disk detection. Then it hangs for about 20 minutes showing a blue screen, during which time the HDD-activity light flickers every 5 seconds. Eventually it says it can't detect a hard disk, and displays a (longish) list of possible drivers; no idea which, if any, would suit.Anyone else installed (successfully or otherwise) on this combo?

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Debian :: Squeeze 32 Bit Netinst Installer?

Sep 9, 2010

The installer recognizes my wifi device but in order to connect to wifi I have to be able to use iwconfig to tell it that it has to connect to channel 11. If I don't do that it doesn't connect. The amd64 installer lists wireless tools in the list of extra tools to load, but for some reason the 32 bit installer doesn't. However wireless_tools...udeb is on the disk. What command would I use to load it manually from a console?

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Ubuntu :: LXDE - Changing Default Window Behaviour?

Nov 28, 2010

I'm running various ubuntu guests but I had a question about Lubuntu. How or where do I change the default behaviour when I dbl-click the title bar in LXDE? Right now it maximizes/minimizes the window. I would prefer it roll up/down.

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Debian :: Changing The Welcome / Login Screen On Squeeze?

Jul 17, 2010

I just installed Squeeze because Lenny didn't have the best Bluetooth support. (Just installed blueman and everything I have works without any configuring, by the way). In Lenny, gdmsetup would allow me to choose a theme for the login screen as well as change settings for logging in. With Squeeze, fully updated, I only get a couple simple options for changing automatic login (screen shot of gdmsetup).

There is a config file that I found: Code: /etc/gdm3/greeter.gconf-defaults It is a simple config file but I do not know the available themes and cannot preview them.

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Debian Installation :: Change Partition Sizes From Defaults?

Aug 19, 2010

I'm running the installer, and "Guided Partitioning" selected partition sizes I'm not completely happy with. I selected separate partitions for /home, /var, /usr, /tmp etc, and by default it gave me only 5GB for the /usr partition. I'd like to take some space away from /home and give it to the /usr partition, but I can't figure out how to do that using the menu options available.

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Ubuntu :: Way To Restore Gnome Defaults / System Defaults

Apr 21, 2011

I installed the Elegant Gnome theme/package and I uninstalled it after about a week of use. Even after reverting back to the ambiance theme, or other themes, I've noticed that some elements of the Elegant Gnome theme have remained (e.g. the panel color and icons in Chrome or after right clicking and the system font).Is there a way to restore the Gnome defaults or Ubuntu system defaults so that everything is as it should be?

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Debian Configuration :: USB Mouse Cannot Use With Correct Behaviour?

Apr 27, 2010

my environment :1.Debian 5 Lenny,2.LXDE,now my USB mouse behaviour is so strange as the following:1. when single click on the Start, then the Menu pops-up in very short time, it soon disappears. --------- what I get is my single click does not work here.2. when single click on the Terminal Shell or any Folder else, it will pop up two of them. ------------- what I get is that behaves like double click on those targets.3. when I open Iceweasel Browser for web surfing, when clicking on the Menus, none of them gives me response. and in web page which I opened, right-click in the context, nothing happened. --------what I get is that right click does not response.I tried some steps on configuration on conf file under /etc/X11/xorg.conf, according to the results what I googled.... but there is still no outcomes till now.

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Ubuntu :: Changing 10.10 Default Package Installer?

Jan 20, 2011

I am using Ubuntu 10.10. I have a situation to where I need to use synaptic package instead of Ubuntu Software Center. How do I change the default *deb package manager from "Ubuntu Software Center" to "Synaptic Package Manager".

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Ubuntu :: Changing 10.10 Default Package Installer

Jan 20, 2011

I am using Ubuntu 10.10. I have a situation to where I need to use synaptic package instead of Ubuntu Software Center. How do I change the default *deb package manager from "Ubuntu Software Center" to "Synaptic Package Manager". I have users that are not to cli savvy so I need them to be able to do this in the GUI. I have clients that are having trouble installing a package that hangs because of the installation agreement(terminal window) that has to be answered but because the terminal window is not being displayed, it cannot be viewed it just hangs so I want them to use synaptic manager.

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Debian Installation :: Can't Boot To Installer

Jul 5, 2015

I've installed Ubuntu lots of times on my UEFI computer without any troubles. The last few days, I've been trying to install Debian Jessie on my computer. I do the steps bellow:

- Download the corresponding iso (amd64).
- Create a UEFI bootable USB drive with Rufus.
- With Safe boot, Fast boot and CSM disabled, I boot to the USB drive.

I expect to see something like this:

But what I get is this:

I'm using an Asus PC. GL550JK. The UEFI version is 205 (from Asus Support website).

Things I've tried:

- Booting with CSM on => Same behaviour. It's not my intention to install debian with CSM on, though.
- Using Wheezy instead of Jessi => Same behaviour.

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Debian Installation :: Can't Boot Installer With CD Or USB?

Mar 6, 2010

I tried to boot the net installer (debian-504-amd64-netinst.iso) from a flash drive (installed with dd). When I tried to boot that, my BIOS skipped the flash drive, which I had set the flash drive as the first boot device. So, I put it on a CDRW, and got the same result. I also tried the offline installer (debian-504-amd64-CD-1.iso) using both of those methods, with the same results. I verified the MD5SUM of this download. I am installing on a computer with a 64 bit Pentium 4 Prescott, if it matters. I have no other working OS on the computer. What other options do I have? Or am I doing something wrong?

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Debian Installation :: Make The Installer Use The CD Rather Than The Net?

May 11, 2011

I'm having a problem with my debian installation; I am using the debian testing / wheezy weekly build CD, and despite using the full 650MB CD, and checking the CD to see that X, gnome, etc is all on there, it seems to insist on just downloading every single package from the internet - the CD doesn't even spin up during the 'select and install software' stage

This wouldn't be that much of a problem, except whenever I choose to use the graphical environment, it downloads all the packages, installs half and then says 'an installation step failed'!. And as it has to download the full set of packages from the net (rather than the CD) it gets a bit tiresome waiting 2+ hours for all the packages to download (I have fast internet, but the debian server doesn't feed data that fast).

And, the reason I am installing the graphical environment is that, although the installer recognises the network card, once you boot into the freshly installed system, it doesn't recognise the network card at all, and trying to bring it up just says 'eth0 not ready'!. So I want to get the graphical environment to make wireless easier to install, since the drivers for that are present, but wpa_supplicant isn't!

I'm tempted to just go and get Linux Mint Debian Edition... but I should be able to at least *install* Debian? (on a side note, I can't see what I'm doing wrong, since you can't really go wrong with the installer - it just seems to fail itself each time!).

how to make the installation faster by getting the installer to use the CD full of packages that I downloaded, rather than downloading the from the net each time, and also how to (1) find out *what* happened (the expert mode just says a step failed and that is it), and (2) to either get round it at the time, or prevent it happening somehow?. I installed Debian in 2007 on another laptop and that worked, but I then moved to Ubuntu as I wanted some newer software...... Ubuntu has been great until 11.04 which seems so full of bugs it isn't funny, so it is time to go back to Debian, if only I could get it installed!

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Debian Installation :: How To Select KDE In Jessie Installer B2

Oct 28, 2014

I wrote the hybrid DVD image for DI b2 (Jessie) on the USB drive and booted from it (UEFI mode). But I don't see KDE there in the advanced options. Was it removed from the image, or desktop environment selection is moved to some late stage now?

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Debian Installation :: Graphic Installer Encrypted LVM

Nov 30, 2014

I want to install debian 7.7 to a laptop with encrypted LVM, but some how i can't install inside the LVM a separate /home and swap partition. Graphic Installer says i cannot change anymore after i made a encrypted LVM. When i make the separate partitions before making an LVM, i can encrypt them but i have to enter for every partition my passphrase. How I can create a LVM with /, /home and swap without entering three times my passphrase.

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Debian Installation :: Installer Does Not See Hard Drives

May 20, 2015

I'm trying to install jessie on a new computer, but the installer does not see the hard drives. I copied the DVD-1 iso to a usb stick with dd (also tried the netinstall) and it boots, but when I get to partitioning, it only sees the usb drive. If I go to another virtual console and run dmesg or fdisk -l, all drives are seen correctly.

Back up a little - at first I tried the on-board raid, but when the installer couldn't see the drives, I went back into the bios and reset the sata mode to ahci. I've got it set to use bios/legacy OS, or whatever it's called, fast boot is disabled. Even if only one drive is connected, the debian installer does not see it. Then I read up on the fake raid I was trying to use and decided to go with software raid. Can't do that if there's no hard drives listed in the partitioner.

My own installer (refractainstaller) does work, and I've installed jessie with it a couple of times onto one drive, but I really wanted to use raid and lvm, and my installer doesn't do either of those things. No optical drive, but if that's the only way to install, I'll pull the one from my current box and use it for the install. I think I still have a blank CD or DVD lying around.

Intel core i3 (the cheapest one at newegg)
WD Black 1TB drives (2)
GSkill cheap memory, which already passed a memtest.

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Debian Installation :: 6 Installer Failed In Scan Hd For An ISO

Feb 6, 2011

I'm trying to install stable Squeeze from HD "!! Scan hard drives for an installer ISO image. The quick scan for installer ISO images, which look only in common places, did not find an installer ISO image, but it may take a long time. Do full search for installer iSO image? [YEs} No kernel modules were found. This probably is due to a mismatch between the kernel Version available in the archive If you're installing from a mirror, you can work around this problem by choosing to install a different version of Debian. The install will probably fail to work if you continue without kernel modules"


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Debian Installation :: Lose Setup In Network Installer

Aug 12, 2014

I am using mini.iso to install Jessie from network and I need lose setup command that is required by cryptsetup for mounting the detached header of an encrypted volume. Is there a way to get losetup from network during installation? For example by means of anna-install? Does any package from udeb.list contain losetup?

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Debian Installation :: Wheezy - Installer Failed On Grub

Nov 23, 2014

I am installing Whezzy and the installer failed to install grub on the MBR of /dev/sda

My disks are
- /dev/sda : the flash drive with the debian ISO
- /dev/sbd : a small SSD for the / partition (sdb1)
- /dev/sdc + /dev/sdd : a software RAID-1 array with LVM for /home, ...

Grub fails to install on /dev/sda which makes sense since this is the flash drive containing the Debian ISO so no MBR.

I already tried to run grub-update manually on /dev/sdb (with chroot /target grub-install --no-floppy --force "/dev/sdb" ).

It works but the system is not directly bootable. I had access to a second PC to read the grub documentation so was able to boot and to fix my system but this is annoying.

Is it normal to see my flash drive as /dev/sda? Could it be that my flash drive is incorrectly detected as a HD?

Is there a way to force the installer to install grub on /dev/sdb?

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Debian Installation :: Install Only XFCE With Graphical Installer

Apr 27, 2015

I'd like to do a fresh install of newly released Jessie with only Xfce in a graphical installer. When I come to the point where i have to select the DE to install, there are options: Debian desktop environment, and then ...GNOME, ...Xfce, ...Lxde etc.

I guess that with the first option, it's like in Wheezy - it installs the default, which is gnome. But if i choose the ...xfce option, do i have to keep the 'debian desktop environment' option checked, or will that just install gnome alongside Xfce? Do i have to check only Xfce as an option?

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Debian Installation :: Setup Installer Boot Parameters

Jul 16, 2015

I'm making some tests with Debian Setup.

As reported by the docs [URL] .... there are some boot parameters available for the Debian Installer.

I would like to try a setup setting the base-installer/install-recommends to false.

This can be done via preseeding, but I'd like to try it out setting the boot parameter.

I've tried several combinations but no one has been effective.

What is the syntax for setting the base-installer/install-recommends parameter to false at boot time?

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Debian Installation :: Creating And Booting Jessie Installer

Aug 15, 2015

I am installing Jessie to a dual-boot Dell Inspiron 1150 laptop currently booting Windows XP + Ubuntu 9.04. I downloaded the small installation image:

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and created a live dvd using growisofs.

The Jessie install documentation says: "If you downloaded an iso image, check that the md5sum of that image matches the one listed for the image in the MD5SUMS file that should be present in the same location as where you downloaded the image from." For the downloaded image this produced the result

Select all~$ md5sum debian-8.1.0-i386-netinst.iso
095a83b715e1b74b6d30b2259275f4af  debian-8.1.0-i386-netinst.iso

There is no MD5SUMS file in the download directory. There is an md5sum.txt file included in the iso image: this lists the md5sum of every file in the image, but not that of the image itself. The check for the burned dvd was successful :

Select all~$ dd if=/dev/cdrom | head -c `stat --format=%s debian-8.1.0-i386-netinst.iso` | md5sum
645120+0 records in
645120+0 records out
330301440 bytes (330 MB) copied, 1.28047 s, 258 MB/s
095a83b715e1b74b6d30b2259275f4af  -

Is this a documentation error ? I next booted the laptop from the live installer dvd. After generating a number of messages, it stopped displaying a message along the lines of: "Invalid video mode - press Enter to select a mode".

I assumed it would wait for me but it soon rushed on, producing screeds of segmentation fault error messages, eventually slowing down to a rythmic display of:

Code: Select all*** Error in Xorg:free() invalid pointer: 0xb7101ce3

***Surely it should have waited for me to press Enter?

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Debian Installation :: Installer Reboots When Selecting Install

Aug 22, 2015

I'm trying to install Debian 8.1 LXDE 64bit on a Toshiba Chromebook cb30 from usb. When I select 'install' the laptop restarts and gets me back to the installer menu. I removed 'quiet' from the boot options and it seems that the reboot happens after initrd.gz is read. I previously installed the 32bit version on the chromebook and the installation process worked pretty much without any issues. I might have added 'mem=1024m' to the boot options, though even if I did, this doesn't do anything to my current attempt.

The chromebook processor according to `uname -a` is x86_64 Intel Celeron 2955U. how I could install the image or start debugging the issue?

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Debian Installation :: Laptop Unbootable After Running Installer

Apr 3, 2016

I was running Windows 10 on MSI GT70 2OD-064US hoped to dual boot first had three primary partitions shrunk largest one and ran debian-8.3.0-amd64-netinst.iso chose guided install with remaining free space, didn't force UEFI asked if I wanted to install GRUB after finding Windows Vista (loader) I went ahead and installed. Couldn't boot afterwards with dark screen saying no install media, changed BIOS to legacy mode and got grub prompt followed tutorial and entered these commands:

grub> set root=(hd0,5)
grub> linux /vmlinuz root=/dev/sda5
grub> initrd /initrd.img
grub> boot

This caused it to boot without GUI I ran grub-update and restarted back at grub> again. How to get debian to boot or even windows 10 again?

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