[clug] Debian installer with e1000 driver?

Duncan Roe duncan_roe at acslink.net.au
Fri Dec 19 07:54:24 GMT 2003

I had the 01's syndrome on an old system (486SX33).

It went away when I got the BIOS geometry exactly right.

Later I found that it didn't have to be exact, only the heads and sectors have
to be right. And you have to tell BIOS it has at least enough cylinders (<1024)
to cover your /boot partition.

The old BIOS requires LILO / geometric. Don't know if GRUB would work on it.
Anyway I reckon the latest LILO is pretty cool - arrow selection of kernels,
customisable colour scheme... (am I easily pleased? :)

Cheers ... Duncan.

On Wed, Dec 17, 2003 at 10:50:57AM +1100, Michael Still wrote:
> On Wed, 17 Dec 2003, Peter Barker wrote:
> >  - find a back-port of the e1000 module to the bf24 kernel and insmod it
> > early in the installation (burn it to CD or put it on a floppy)
> I did that. Someone kindly privately sent me the module (so I wont comment
> on the back port bit), and then I just insmoded it from a floppy. Just
> worked.
> I do of course now have a backdoored kernel.
> > > Also, without the network driver I got to the reboot step, at which point
> > > it printed a screen of "01"'s, and stalled. Did it install the 2.4 kernel
> > > I asked for during the boot phase of the install, or is the problem there
> > > that the box has a 2.2 kernel on it now?
> >
> > Smells like the lilo install didn't go well. I think the screenfulls of 01
> > means it couldn't find its chain file, so basically lilo wasn't run when
> > it needed to be.
> Strange. I'm chasing that one now, I'll let people know how I go.
> Cheers,
> Mikal
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