[Debian-eeepc-devel] Debian Squeeze USB installer crashes on my Asus 701 EEE PC.

Ben Armstrong synrg at sanctuary.nslug.ns.ca
Sun Sep 12 15:20:33 UTC 2010

yeah, sorry, there are a number of ways to possibly screw this up.  i've 
tested the latest images (they are OK) and here are a few tips ...

On 11/09/10 08:57 PM, Glyn Webster wrote:
> Okay, I've tried that, but this is now happening:
> $ wgethttp://people.debian.org/~joeyh/d-i/images/daily/hd-media/boot.img.gz
> $ wgethttp://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/daily-builds/daily/arch-latest/i386/iso-cd/debian-testing-i386-netinst.iso
> # su

at this point, first make sure nothing from sdb has been automounted 
(use df to check). if it is, umount it.

> # zcat boot.img.gz>  /dev/sdb
> # mkdir x

unplug, wait and replug the drive here (make sure it's still /dev/sdb 
... if you don't wait long enough the OS won't reclaim sdb in time and 
will assign sdc).  you need to ensure the os is informed that any former 
partitions on the drive are now gone.  when you plug it back in again, 
it may be automounted. in that case, you don't need the mount command 
below (and probably don't need to even be root):

> # mount /dev/sdb x
> # cp debian-testing-i386-netinst.iso x/
> cp: writing `x/debian-testing-i386-netinst.iso': No space left on device

it's conceivable the netinst was accidentally made too large, but i'll 
check that for you ...

> And this does this look right?

yes, in fact, it does. there should be no partition table ...

> Disk /dev/sdb: 3999 MB, 3999268864 bytes
> 124 heads, 62 sectors/track, 1016 cylinders
> Units = cylinders of 7688 * 512 = 3936256 bytes
> Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
> I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
> Disk identifier: 0xbb0eb409
> This doesn't look like a partition table
> Probably you selected the wrong device.

right.  it is *not* a partition table. the whole drive is now used as a 

as for whether the netinst should fit? i just now nabbed the current 
boot.img.gz and netinst image and verified they are both fine:

synrg at shade:~$ df -h /dev/sdb
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdb              239M  214M   26M  90% /media/Debian Inst
synrg at shade:~$ ls -lh downloads/debian-testing-i386-netinst.iso
-rw-r--r-- 1 synrg synrg 191M Sep 12 06:35 

I copied the image to /media/Debian\ Inst/, umounted the drive, 
rebooted, and the installer seemed to start just fine (both text & 


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