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Re: Getting amd64 stretch netinstall to work.

On Thu, 4 Apr 2019 11:09:13 -0400
Gene Heskett <gheskett@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>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.  

I wonder if that long delay is while it is fscking the hard drive? It
can take quite a while with a drive that big.

>> 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.  
>> 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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