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Re: Choose between amd64 and i386


On Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:50:55 +0100
Rodolfo Medina <rodolfo.medina@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Since a new 8.8.0 Debian version is available for downloading, I want
> to try again to install Debian on my tablet-laptop Acer One 10, which
> wouldn't allow Debian installation some months ago...  Can ayone
> suggest whether to use amd64 or i386?  Or how can I make it up?
> Thanks...

not sure about this particular device, but I think it *might* be one of
those 64bit machines with 32bit UEFI . If this is the case you could run
a 64bit system, the difficult thing is how to get it booted ;)
IIRC the only debian installer iso that will boot such a device is the
netinst iso. If you use this to install a 64 bit system you will probably
have to do a chroot into the new system after the installation has
finished and manually install the grub-efi-ia32 and grub-efi-ia32-bin
packages to be able to boot the newly installed system.
I had this problem last year with a lenovo laptop and finally ended up
with sparky linux (which is basically stretch with a small number of
sparky specific extras), where this procedure worked well. Back then
sparky was the only distribution I could find whose install disc would
boot that device (netinst was no option there, since there is no wifi
ootb with my lenovo toy).
Of course I might be completely wrong, it is just a guess that your
device suffers from that same 32bit UEFI issue.



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