I'm looking to get a basic Debian system with desktop working on an old PC. I had a 7.8 Wheezy install on it, but the screen started to flicker badly once it started the X server. Might have been about the time the Radeon card stopped working and i switch to the onboard nVidia graphics. I also had an older Slackware (Zenwalk) install going on it, which still worked fine with the Xfce desktop, but i wanted to continue with Debian. I tried a different monitor with the same results. I reinstalled Wheezy from CD thinking it might reconfigure the system for the onboard graphics, but the resulting system had the same flicker. In the process i messed up my Windows and Zenwalk installs on the HD, so have nothing working now.
Without the ability to burn a CD for Jessie, i downloaded and intalled it on a USB stick. At first i went with a recommendation from linux.com to use unetbootin to make the USB from my Windows laptop. The PC ran the installer, but could not detect a CD-ROM. I put the Wheezy disc in and the installer saw it, but crashed when it had a kernel conflict with the older version. I tracked down an old thread in this forum that said unetbootin sucked, so i found the adivce on stackexchange to use win32diskimager to make the disk. There they said to change the .iso file to .img for the utility, though i later saw directions in a Debian FAQ to find the .iso file with a wildcard search, not sure if that could affect the end result.
I have put this rewritten USB stick in and again the install program runs, clear graphics and all, but it still demands to have a CD-ROM to proceed and won't recognize the files on the USB. One of the troubleshooting tips was to use a file that didn't have 'cd' in it, but going to the i386 link for downloads, the only one showing that way is the net boot. I don't want a net boot, i want the basic system on the media to keep and reuse if needed. Googling install media rather than going from the Debian documents i came across this: http://http.us.debian.org/debian/dists/ ... /hd-media/
Is that boot.img.gz the file i want on the USB rather than the cd files i see mostly?
OK, decided to go ahead and see for myself. I tried to find the files at the above link on my Windows laptop, but it isn't listed in the Debian documents i am finding. I did come across info for the live install and thought since that was meant for a USB stick it would work. I downloaded as before and installed using win32diskimager and the wildcard search. The USB stick booted into the installer, but the installer again is demanding the CD-ROM be active. I decided to just start the live session and see if it at least cleared up my flicker problem. However the live version fails to start and tells me:
(initramfs) Unable to find a medium containing a live file system
modprobe: module ehci-orion not found in modules.dep
I'll copy the link i found for the HD install by hand since it seems to be hidden from general install documents and try that next, but figured i'd post this up to see if i am pounding my head against the wall with this. If the BIOS can recognize the presence of the USB media and boot the installer, why can't the install program detect it?