Debian Installation :: Reinstall Squeeze Without Broken Other Boot?

Jun 8, 2011

i'm used eeepc here the situation i've already install squeeze AMD64 KDE but i want to try using i386 gnome which is more friendly for my eeepc spec. problem is there other boot in my pc. i'm currently using win7, ubuntu 10.10 32 gnome, and ubuntu ultimate 64 gnome and i don't have external HDD.

Question is i want to remove all linux OS and keep my win7 is it ok if i'm using Gparted to delete all linux OS and then installing deb squeeze i386. my next project is to build portable server on eeepc.

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Debian Multimedia :: Restore Or Reinstall GRUB2 From Squeeze Installation?

Sep 21, 2010

How can I restore or reinstall GRUB2 from squeeze installation? I tried various suggestions from various online articles (most of them for ubuntu), but I couldn't find a solution. Is there any solution, specifically for Debian? GRUB reinstallation from install cd, didn't worked as well. Since I couldn't boot at all, I restored GRUB1 and I'm posting from Lenny, but I can't access Squeeze this way (probably because I have squeeze's partition, ext4 formatted).

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Ubuntu Installation :: [10.10] Gksu Broken Cannot Reinstall It?

Feb 12, 2011

This package is broken: gksui am trying to reinstall it but displays error. Attach capture.

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Debian :: Squeeze Update 6.0.1 DVD Is Broken?

Mar 23, 2011

I have an offline machine and the full 8 DVD repository set and have added them to the system and they work fine to install packages. I used jigdo to download the update 6.0.1 DVD and the "packages" file and the one inside of "packages.gz" are empty files. This prevents the disk from working at all. I'm not sure who to report this to.

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Jan 18, 2015

I'm trying to reinstall Debian on one of my machines after an unsuccessful install of FreeBSD (it didn't jive with my ssd). Debian installations have never been a problem before on this particular setup before but now for some reason it won't get past the "Debian GNU/linux installer boot menu". The USB goes into idle mode and the menu does not respond to keyboard strokes. I've tried several debian images to no avail. Ubuntu seems to work just fine though but I don't want to install Ubuntu just because Debians having some problems. I booted ubuntu live and reformated the SSD I had tried to install FreeBSD on because there were no partition tables on it but that didn't work either. I'd like some expert input before I go do another `dd`.

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Debian :: Squeeze Broken After Updates Applied

Aug 25, 2010

I am running Squeeze AMD64 and install updates every couple of days. I installed the latest batch yesterday and got a "restart system" message, so rebooted. The usual messages scrolled past for a while, then the screen went blank, and that was it. I tried a couple of times with same result. I booted into maintenance mode to try to find the cause of the problem. Looking at /var/log/messages there is some strange activity going on. Unfortunately I can't easily paste the relevant portion of the file into this posting as the network isn't working (I am posting this from a laptop), but roughly what I am seeing is this:

PGD <some stuff>
Modules linked in: <long list of modules>
Pid, 1841, comm: Xorg Not Tainted <some stuff>
<about 20 lines of assorted values>
--[end trace <long hex number>]

and this repeats several times (presumably stopping when I hit the reset button). Sometimes it's CPU 0 and sometimes CPU 1, it mostly involves Xorg in Pid line, and apart from the first instance mostly reports Xorg Tainted.

I could just reinstall but would rather repair as it would be both quicker and more instructive.

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Debian Configuration :: Blueman Broken In Testing (Squeeze)

Jun 30, 2010

For anyone using Blueman with Testing (Squeeze), todays Python upgrade to version 2.6 stops it from working due to a Blueman bug. This has been fixed in blueman version 1.21-4, which you can install from SID if you don't want to wait the 10 days for the normal migration.

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Debian :: Broken Package In Squeeze - Xorg Core

Feb 7, 2010

After going from Debian Lenny to squeeze, everything was going OK, apart from 8 broken packages of which I was easily able to fix 7 of the packages. The last one is x-org core, which comes up with the error message /var/cache/apt/archives/udev_150-2_i386.deb returned an error. From all my research it indicates that an update from kernel 2.6.26-2-686 to a later version is required due to 150 udev requiring the support of the CONFIG_SYSFS_DEPRECATED. My next question is where to start, do I need to add a linux-image repository in sources.list and then use the command-line or am I headed in the wrong direction.

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Debian Configuration :: DHCP Server In Squeeze Appears Broken?

Dec 3, 2010

Alright, I edited "/etc/default/isc-dhcp-server" and set "eth0" as the only thing listed for interfaces. I also have the code below in "/etc/dhcp/dhcp3/dhcpd.conf" and I even copied it to "/etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf" for good measure, and I can't get the DHCP server to start. As an intermediate to advanced user, I am under the high assumption that it is broken since everything in the docs has been set. I have googled for two days and cannot find a fix, so before I report it as a broken package, would somebody with more experience with the package chime in?

Configuration file:
subnet netmask {
option domain-name-servers;
option broadcast-address;


I hid my wireless setup because it contains my WiFi network info including key. This box is routing, doing DNS resolution, and firewalling just fine. I just cannot get the friggin' DHCP server to start no matter what I try.

Oh, and is it safe to delete "/etc/dhcp" or "/etc/dhcp3"? They appear to be duplicates of each other...

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Debian Multimedia :: Fresh Squeeze Install Audacious Broken

Jan 9, 2010

I just got done installing Debian Squeeze on a system..Everything seems to work where audio is concerned, except for audacious.I can get streaming music from vlc/totem as well as play music files (mp3, ogg, flac, ect.).I was wondering if anyone else experiences this problem..It should be noted that I have the Debian multimedia repository enabled as well.When running audacious from terminal and trying to open up an mp3 file I get this message:"madplug: open_audio failed: XMMS reverse compatibility output plugin."

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Debian Installation :: Lenny - Squeeze Grub2 - No More Boot

Feb 28, 2011

Whenever I reboot, I get GRUB and the _ pinking, and that's it. With rescue cd I can have chroot shell, to troubleshoot I did the upgrade-from-grub-legacy and installed it to both /dev/sda and /dev/sdb In recovery I redid the upgrade-grub and grub-install commands but still have the same "GRUB and _ blinking".

Because the text "GRUB" and then nothing I didn't enouncter while googling, I need to ask here for further troubleshooting.

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Debian Installation :: Squeeze - On MacBook Pro - Unable To Boot

Mar 10, 2011

I tried installing a live version of Debian Squeeze 6.0.0 for the i386 architecture. I am using a first generation MacBook Pro (Intel Core Duo, not Core 2 Duo).

I managed to boot the live cd and install everything using the "guided installation" option, using the whole drive for Debian (I don't have the Mac OS X Snow Leopard disc so I just wanted to install a strictly Debian system). I installed GRUB to the master boot-record, but after finishing the installation and rebooting I was confronted with the dreaded "question mark". After doing a bit of reading, I found that I should have installed the EFI LILO bootloader to the MBR instead of GRUB, so I reinstalled everything, choosing this option instead. But that didn't work either. More question marks. I imagine I must have to configure either of these bootloaders in the shell, but I don't know how to go about doing this.

How to do this without using a Mac OS X installation disc.

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Debian Installation :: UEFI GRUB Broken - Dual Boot 7.7 And Win 8.1

Dec 23, 2014

My Toshiba Satellite C870-198 has Debian 7.7 installed in UEFI mode alongside Windows 8.1. The GRUB menu no longer displays, but the machine boots straight into Windows.

I can boot into Debian or Windows from rEFInd installed on a USB stick. The rEFInd menu has the following entries:

The Debian entry actually launches the GRUB menu which was installed with Debian.

Code: Select allBoot Microsoft EFI boot (Boot Repair backup) from Basic data partition.
Boot supposed Microsoft EFI boot (probably GRUB) from Basic data partition.
Boot EFIubuntugrubx64.efi from Basic data partition.
Boot EFIdebiangrubx64.efi from Basic data partition.
Boot bootootx64.efi from Basic data partition.
Boot vmlinuz-3.2.0-4-amd64 from boot.

In an attempt to fix GRUB I executed the commands in the 'Reinstalling grub-efi on your hard drive' section of: [URL] ....

Code: Select allmount /dev/sda1 /boot/efi
... surprisingly returned:
Code: Select all$LogFile version 2.0 is not supported.  (This driver supports version 1.1 only.)
$LogFile version 2.0 is not supported.  (This driver supports version 1.1 only.)
Did not find any restart pages in $LogFile and it was not empty.
The file system wasn't safely closed on Windows. Fixing.
Code: Select all[ -d /sys/firmware/efi ] && echo "EFI boot on HDD" || echo "Legacy boot on HDD"

... returned "EFI boot on HDD".

[Code] ....

... Where is Debian?


The laptop came with Windows 8 preinstalled. I switched off Secure Boot and installed Ubuntu for UEFI dual boot. I recall having to use Boot Repair to get the GRUB boot manager working properly for both systems.

Recently I decided to replace Ubuntu with Debian 7.7 and first cloned the entire hard drive to a USB drive (The Clone Drive). This drive successfully boots into Ubuntu in UEFI mode.

Following this I took the opportunity to update Windows to 8.1, which broke GRUB as expected, so that the machine would only boot straight into Windows.

I installed Debian from a live USB stick in the mistaken belief that it would be bootable in UEFI mode. It did boot OK in legacy mode.

I then burned the full Debian 'DVD' image to a USB stick, booted it in UEFI mode and reinstalled Debian. In UEFI mode GRUB allowed me to boot into both Debian and Windows.

At this point I tested The Clone Drive. It was still able to boot into Ubuntu as previously, but after powering down, unplugging The Clone Drive and rebooting, the GRUB menu failed to appear and the machine booted straight into Windows. This is its current state.

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Debian Installation :: Install Squeeze On Triple-boot System?

Oct 28, 2010

'rolling' release as redoing install /upgrade every 6 months is getting 'old' My machine is triple boot

Hard drive is 320 GB
Windows 7 - 167 GB
Ubuntu - Maverick - 73 GB
Ubuntu - Natty - testing version - 65 GB

I do not want to screw up my 'grub' as it's been trashed a couple of times recently and had to re-install everything, which went great with install setting up partitions. I am not sure where 'grub' is installed to. I did install Windows 7 first then let installer split hard drive in half to put Ubuntu on then while installing my second Ubuntu, I let installer split the Ubuntu partition in half, hence the 167 GB Windows and the 2 smaller partitions for Ubuntu.I was thinking to maybe let Debian install over my Maverick install. Would that work and not mess up my Grub and cause me to not be able to boot and have to fix the drama?

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Debian Installation :: All Partitions Mounted At Boot Time (Squeeze)

Dec 5, 2010

I am using Gnome and Squeeze. I am wondering if I have a problem of understanding, or a problem that I found with Gnome.

My configuration is with a 3 hard disk system.

disk1 (Debian)
disk2 (XP and Fedora)
Disk3 (W7 and a Data partition)

When I boot and log in, all partitions for disk2 and disk3 are mounted read-write. Only by going to command line am I able to unmount the drives with the following sequence

cd /media
umount *
umount *

I should be able to mount and umount a drive by providing or responding to a root password. But I am not given the option to present a password. My request is blocked.

I also do not want to see the drives remounted after a boot. I tried to find out how this was managed, but I was unable to discover the module and it's parameter list that controls or does this task.

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Debian Installation :: Squeeze Boot Stalls / Radeon Mobility

May 23, 2011

I have just installed Squeeze on my laptap with a radeon mobility equipped laptop. When it boots, I see the following message:r600_cp: Failed to load firmware "radeon/RV635_pfp.bin".and some others, too, but it stalls at that point, and I cannot use CTRL-ALT-F2 to get a text-based prompt - in fact, I can only seem to get it back with a ALT-SYSRQ (R-E-I-S-V-B) sequence to force a reboot. It is a multi-boot system, with a windows partition, Ubuntu partition, and the new Debian partition. The Ubuntu and Windows partitions will still boot, only the Debian stalls.

When I boot into Ubuntu, I can see the Debian partition, and can see (for instance) the /var/boot/dmesg file, but it only says:"(Nothing has been logged yet.)"So, being new to debian itself (even though, I know, that Ubuntu has a debian base), how can I make it boot without X, which is I presume, the center of the difficulty? Can I change some file on the debian partition using Ubuntu to get the debian partition to boot in text only mode, and then try to fix the radeon driver?

Alternatively, can I put the proper files for the radeon driver *from* the Ubuntu partition *to* the debian partition and expect it to load and boot correctly? I did, at one point, download and install the proprietary ATI driver files on Ubuntu, so can I put them in a proper place on the debian install?

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Debian Installation :: Dual Boot XP / Squeeze - Blank Screen With J On Restart

May 8, 2010

I've had Windows XP Home installed on my netbook (Toshiba NB205) and I've just tried to install squeeze via net install. In particular, I installed grub. Everything seemed to go ok during the installation, but when I boot up, all that appears is a blank screen with nothing but at "j" and a cursor. One thing I can think of that might offer a clue, is that when asked to installed grub, the installer said it recognized two operating systems: Microsoft Windows XP Home, and Windows NT/XP. The latter is not really an operating system, but the backup partition.

I don't know how this might affect grub's functioning. What does this "j" mean? Looking at this: [URL]. Could this have some thing to do with boot flag? Should I switch it to my NTFS partition instead of my root partition? Doing that at least let's me boot into Windows. But that's not what I want. I've never dual booted before. So I booted back up with my USB, intending to reinstall Debian, and it loaded grub instead. So apparently grub is now on my USB. Then it booted me into Debian.

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Debian Installation :: Squeeze- Grub Can't Dual Boot -ntoskrnl.exe Error

Jun 7, 2010

I cannot count how many times I have re-installed squeeze, and do all kinds of fixes to grub, but no joy. Every time, there is this ntoskrnl.exe error, and to re-install it. I thought my WIN XP may be corrupted, so I reinstalled it, and updated it with sp3 and all updates. Then I re-installed squeeze (reformatting all partitions). At the end, the installer ask if I want to install grub to mbr. I replied yes. After reboot, only the and the recovery kernels show up on the grub screen, no winxp.OK, I booted into squeeze kernel and looked at the /boot/grub/grub.cfg file, and there winxp is not included in /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober section. In terminal, I typed

#os-propber and it found winxp in /dev/sda1
then I typed

and now /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober now show winxp.I rebooted, and winxp shows on the grub screen, and I chose winxp.It came back with "ntoskrnl.exe ...error... re-install ntoskrnl..."Here are the details:

fdisk -l
root@SHUM-AMD64:/home/shum# fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders


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Debian Installation :: Installed Vmlinuz And Initrd.gz (squeeze) In /boot/newinstallation And Added To Grub The Lines?

Sep 17, 2010

I have installed vmlinuz and initrd.gz (squeeze) in /boot/newinstallation and added to Grub the lines:titleNova Instalaçãoroot(hd0,0)kernel/boot/newinstall/vmlinuzinitrd/newinstall/initrd.gzNevertheless, when I choose this option at the grub, it begins to start the kernel vmlinuz and thus restart the system. The installed Debian Lenny boots in a normal way.

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Debian :: /boot On RAID 1 With Squeeze Can Not Boot From 2nd Disc

Jan 21, 2011

For several days I stuck on a problem despite my various searches on the net. I just installed a machine in RC1 Squeeze.

My Partitioning
Disc 1
/ boot RAID 1
/ swap RAID 1 and encrypted
/ RAID 1 and encrypted


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Debian Hardware :: Reinstall Broadcom-sta-dkms On Every Boot

Jan 20, 2016

About 6 months ago or so, I got a new 802.11ac card for my laptop:

$ lspci | grep Broadcom
07:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4352 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 03)

This one uses the broadcom-sta-dkms binary driver in module wl. Everything was working fine until a few days ago. I booted up the laptop following a power failure and the network was acting very strange. Upon connection to the network, I had network access for a brief period, then it went away. Network manager claimed to still be connected. The access point thought I was connected as well. No packets were getting through. After many cycles of trial and error, I found that upon each network connection (different network, same network, didn't matter) I could ping the router for about 30 - 45 seconds.

After that, my pings went unanswered. Using wireshark in monitor/promiscuous mode, I found that I was indeed not seeing any replies and no machine on the network was responding to my ARP requests. Inspecting the ARP cache before and after, I see the mac address of the router as usual up until a couple of minutes after the pings stop coming back. I am also seeing wireless activity from other machines on the network, but I think it was only broadcast activity I was seeing. This behavior didn't change with signal strength either. I saw the same behavior when I was 3 feet from the router as when I was 50 feet from the router. Wireshark didn't show any other activity that looked out of place to me.

I did find a work around. If I purge the broadcom-sta-dkms package (apt-get purge broadcom*), reboot (haven't checked if unloading the wl module is sufficient), install the broadcom-sta-dkms package, and manually load the wl module, everything works as expected. I'm not sure why the driver won't survive the reboot. I have had to do this each time I boot my laptop for the last few days. I'm not sure what might have changed as before that power failure I think I had a couple of weeks uptime and I do updates at least weekly. I think I remember seeing an update to the kernel come through at one point recently. I tried reverting to the previous kernel version but that didn't seem to do the trick.

I'm on Debian Jessie.

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Jun 9, 2010

I recently upgraded Ubuntu 9.10 to 10.04 and my wireless stopped working. It can detect that there are networks around, what their signal strength is, and then try to connect to one, but it just keeps connecting. After around 5 minutes, this stops and nm-applet says no network connection.

After I try to connect, dmesg is spammed with hundreds of the same message. I can not post these here, as I am writing from a different computer and I have no internet access from my main computer.Also, there is nothing in interfaces.conf other than lo. For some reason, my card is referred to as both wlan0 and wmaster0, with this changing depending upon where I look.Most interesting of all is that, even after I reinstalled 9.10, wireless is still broken, even though it wasn't before. It also used to work under liveCD.

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May 12, 2010

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E: flashplugin-nonfree: Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should reinstall it before attempting a removal. So, then I attempted to reinstall flashplugin-nonfree package but the SPM does not allow me to either install or remove the broken flashplugin-nonfree package. I tried the same things using the Ubuntu Software Center (USC) with the same failure.



$ aptitude show flashplugin-nonfree


Package: flashplugin-nonfree
State: partially configured
Automatically installed: no


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Aug 26, 2010

So, I installed AGAIN Squeeze
And again boot fails
Now it shows error 15

I tried booting into a LiveCD (ubuntu) to see what is happening
But I can't open grub.cfg file (you're not the owner, it says)

What do I do to boot into my new squeeze?

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May 20, 2010

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Aug 10, 2011

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Sep 1, 2010

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Mar 14, 2011

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Nov 7, 2010

I had a 100% XP machine, installed 9.10 into a dual boot a while ago, and eventually upgraded to 10.4 LTS.

Current partitions
/dev/sda1 ntfs
/dev/sda2 extended
---- /dev/sda5 ext4
---- /dev/sda6 linux-swap

Currently, dual boot is working and both OSes are working as expected (although there's that bit of inconsistency with intel 845 graphics). I want to do two things in a major re-install: move Home to a new, separate partition, and do a clean 10.4 install while still retaining XP dual boot. If possible leave sda1 untouched, but that can be reinstalled if necessary.

Only things in Home that need to be moved are documents and mozilla seamonkey prefs and emails. Those items I can save and restore manually, so I have no problems with backup needed files, then clean install, then manually restore.

I know enough to be willing to try suggestions, but also know enough to recognize I can get into trouble. So that's why I'm asking here first.

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Apr 5, 2011

I'm trying to help my dad, who's recently got a computer that had Ubuntu 10.10 preinstalled. After some problems while I wasn't in a position to help out, I think a reinstallation is necessary. But when I make a USB drive to install it from, it only has .exe files, and nothing Ubuntu can use, so it doesn't boot on startup (even though it's set to boot from USB first) and it can't be run later either. This happens when I download the ISO from the main download page on the Ubuntu website, so is there a link to download one without Windows files?

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