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Re: Getting amd64 stretch netinstall to work.




On Thursday 04 April 2019 10:55:23 Greg Wooledge wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 04, 2019 at 10:39:19AM -0400, Gene Heskett wrote:
> > I am  today, going to make my 6th attempt to make the stretch
> > netinstall work.
> >
> > I think I have sussed the failure mode, which seems to be that by
> > the time its finslly gets around to installing grub, its too far
> > into the diksk for the dumb bios on this old Asus mobo to find it,
> > so this time I am going to add a /boot as first partition. At 2 or 3
> > hundred megs.
>
> Are you trying to install the boot loader portion of grub to a
> PARTITION? Instead of to the front of a DISK?
>
> The boot loader part of GRUB goes in the first bytes of the disk. 
> That's where the BIOS reads it from, and then executes it.
>
> That boot loader portion then looks for its configuration file in your
> Debian /boot partition, which can be anywhere on the disk.
>
> Or at least, that's how things work in legacy BIOS.  (U)EFI is a
> different story.  Since you claim this is an "old" machine and even
> used the word "bios", I assume you're using legacy BIOS and MBR (not
> GPT) disklabels.

Yes.

> When you partition a disk with an MBR disklabel, you leave a small gap
> at the front of the disk for the boot loader and partition table. 
> They go into that unpartitioned space.
>
> The Debian installer already handles all of this for you, even in
> manual partitioning mode (which is what I always use).  I can't even
> guess how you've failed this process 5 times, unless it's because you
> keep putting GRUB in the wrong place.

In the mbr, like it wants to. On the reboot if it ever touches the disk, 
the led blink is too fast to see, all I see on screen after post is a 
blinking cursor at the upper left corner. I'd give it a while to e2fsck 
the drive, but theres zero drive activity.

Cheers, Gene Heskett
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