Help me REINSTALL Debian

Help me REINSTALL Debian

Post by Maya » Fri, 10 Aug 2001 03:16:01

In trying to reinstall Debian 2.2 in my P133 from the CD-ROM,
using the same CD I used to make the existing installation, After
reading the installation instructions that are provided by Debian, I am
still having problems RE-installing Debian.  Now, the installation
process needed for my system, according to the web page, goes like this
1. Create install boot disks
 Having a newly formatted [ext2] floppy disk labeled RESCUE.DSK
 I did the following:


 dd if=rescue.bin of=/dev/fd0 bs=1024 conv=sync ; sync

 I then inserted a new disk labeled ROOT.DSK and did the


 dd if=root.bin of=/dev/fd0 bs=1024 conv=sync ; sync

After creating the RESCUE.DSK and the BOOT.DSK, I proceeded to
boot up the system. I inserted the RESCUE.DSK in the floppy
[/dev/fd0] and rebooted the machine, but to my astonishment I
got a message saying "boot up failed".

I checked the new and existing [from the existing Debian installation]
RESCUE.DKSs and noticed a different file list between the two
RESCUE.DKSs, check it out!

Existing RESCUE.DKS file list
total 981
drwxr-xr-x   22 root     root         4096 Jul 13 19:43 ..
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge         559 May  2 02:07 message.txt
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge          80 May  2 02:07 syslinux.cfg
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge      985303 May  2 02:07 linux
-r--r--r--    1 jorge    jorge        5860 Dec 19  1999 ldlinux.sys
drwxr-xr-x    2 jorge    jorge        7168 Dec 31  1969 .

New RESCUE.DKS file list
total 1083
drwxr-xr-x   22 root     root         4096 Jul 13 19:43 ..
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge        1470 Nov 30  2000
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge         634 Nov 30  2000
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge        1108 Nov 30  2000 syslinux.cfg
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge           7 Nov 30  2000 type.txt
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge        1182 Nov 30  2000 debian.txt
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge         804 Nov 30  2000 f1.txt
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge         759 Nov 30  2000 f10.txt
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge         752 Nov 30  2000 f2.txt
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge        1071 Nov 30  2000 f3.txt
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge        1209 Nov 30  2000 f4.txt
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge        1191 Nov 30  2000 f5.txt
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge        1373 Nov 30  2000 f6.txt
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge         833 Nov 30  2000 f7.txt
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge        1348 Nov 30  2000 f8.txt
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge        1269 Nov 30  2000 f9.txt
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge         896 Nov 30  2000 readme.txt
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge        3740 Nov 30  2000 config.gz
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge      985303 Nov 30  2000 linux
-rw-r--r--    1 jorge    jorge       80968 Nov 30  2000 sys_map.gz
-r--r--r--    1 jorge    jorge        5860 Nov 30  2000 ldlinux.sys
drwxr-xr-x    2 jorge    jorge        7168 Dec 31  1969 .

The reason why  I am creating a new RESCUE.DSK is because the existing
one, does not ask me for the ROOT.DSK; which leads me to believe that it
probably is not a RESCUE.DSK at all, but it is the one I have been using
to boot up the machine after I tried to upgrade the kernel using
apt-get. Debian docs say that if there is a problem my machine was not
going to be render inoperable, but w/o the "existing RESCUE.DKS" I
cannot boo up the machine.

Please, any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

My Computer's Opinion

if( desire == play_games() ){return getNintendo64();}
if( (desire == computing() ) && (user != smart) )
        {return getMicrosoft();}
if( ( desire == computing() ) && (user == smart) )
        {return getLinux();}


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