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Re: Jessie for Udoo X86?

Larry Dighera:
> I found the 'debian-8.7.1-amd64-DVD-1.iso' image here:
> <http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/amd64/iso-dvd/>, burned it to
> SD card in a USB reader with Rufus <https://rufus.akeo.ie/>, and booted it
> from USB on the Udoo X86 Advanced hardware (Intel quad-core Celeron N3160
> 2.24 GHz & Intel® Quark SE core 32 MHz plus 32-bit ARC core 32 MHz, Intel HD
> Graphics 400 Up to 640 MHz 12 execution units, 4 GB DDR3L Dual Channel RAM
> and 32GB eMMC Storage). 

The link I sent you was for live versions where a complete Debian
installation boots up (if it is possible based on the hardware) which is
a very good indication that your installation will act just like it.
You can select any desktop and then switch and install any desktop you
like from the system once it is running.  I always use lxde as it is
lean and mean.  This live version includes the debian installer which
you can reboot and run from scratch or run it within the live debian
system.  I prefer to reboot and run the installer alone after I have
made sure live runs fine.  This gives the installer maximum resources
and there are less things to confuse it.  You see from live when grub is
installed it picks up the live drive as one of the installed systems.
You have to keep an eye on what you select on the grub installation.
But this would be a small problem, having an invalid boot option on your

> I selected the GUI Install from the menu, and all proceeded remarkably fast
> and smooth without a hitch (except the WiFi, but gigabit Ethernet enabled
> downloading all required additional files) until the last when it came to
> grub.  

Don't get me started down that path ;)

> The installer advised that it had detected another OS being installed, and
> presented me with a few choices to which I wasn't sure of the correct one,
> so I took the default.  That must have been wrong, as now Debian won't boot
> with grub from the eMMC "Hard Drive."  I'm not at all familiar with grub.

Were you aware that there was an installed system on that disk and what
it is?  Is it now an option on the grub boot-up screen? Remember that if
you move the arrow up and down within the first 5" the default autostart
that is timed to 5" is deactivated and you now have time to study it.
Your first option on the base screen should be the debian you installed.
 The second should be for recovery which opens up a second screen where
recovery is the 2nd option.  Is that what you used?
Then on the base screen you should have 3 lines of memtest options, and
at the bottom the "other" system that was previously installed.  It may
be freedos or something factory???

> I can boot into recovery mode though, and from the command line it appears
> the install was successful.  So I'm close, but don't know exactly how to
> proceed to make it bootable.

In order to get to the grub part of the installation the system was
completely installed and it is there.  There is an option to install
grub to handle booting of all systems on the drive (possibly sda) and/or
the partition itself where Debian was installed in which case it makes
the partition bootable.  I assume the default is the first.

> Any clues sincerely appreciated.

When you pick the first option of Debian to boot, what do you see on the
screen?  Lines of white text running some green and maybe red stuff?
If it is all green you are in good shape, if it is red you have to
concentrate on that first red tag and tell us what it says.

Again, if there was a hardware issue the live system would have
identified and displayed what the obstacle was.  Possibly you have to go
into recovery, edit the sources (/etc/apt/sourced.list) and add "main
contrib non-free" to where it says "main" if such firmware exist.  Then
$apt update, $apt upgrade but then you have to know what you are missing
to find the appropriate package to add if it exists.

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