Debian 10.2.0 installation from USB flash drive

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Debian 10.2.0 installation from USB flash drive

Postby dsenkyr » 2019-12-27 16:58

Hello, this is my first installation of Debian and I would like to ask for some advice.

I have older notebook MSI U123 (Model Name from BIOS: MS-N033), 32-bit architecture, no optical disc drive, no GRUB. What I did:
1. I created bootable USB flash disk via Rufus (on my second notebook with Windows 10).
    ISO: debian-10.2.0-i386-netinst.iso / debian-10.2.0-i386-DVD-1.iso (I tried both)
    New volume label: Debian (no spaces, numbers, etc.)
    Method: Write in ISO Image mode (the recommended one, not DD Image mode)
2. I successfully boot from USB flash disk to intro screen (I have not GRUB).
3. I tried the following options.
    Graphical install option with no modification
    Graphical install option with modification (via TAB key): remove quiet
    Graphical install option with modification (via TAB key): remove quiet, add nomodeset
    Install option with no modification
    Install option with modification (via TAB key): remove quiet
    Install option with modification (via TAB key): remove quiet, add nomodeset

Everytime, it stucks in the state with line Loading /install.386/initrd.gz...
Image.
No error appears. How can should I continue or get some log information, please?

The same behaviour appears when I tried live run from debian-live-10.2.0-i386-lxde.iso.
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Re: Debian 10.2.0 installation from USB flash drive

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2019-12-27 20:04

dsenkyr wrote:Method: Write in ISO Image mode (the recommended one, not DD Image mode)

Use "DD" [sic] mode instead.

Or enable the WSL and use cp like a civilised person...
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Re: Debian 10.2.0 installation from USB flash drive

Postby dsenkyr » 2019-12-27 20:32

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:Use "DD" [sic] mode instead.

Thanks for the tip. I just tried it. Unfortunately, it does not help.

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:Or enable the WSL and use cp like a civilised person...

Do you mean Windows Subsystem for Linux? I can't have Windows 10 on this old notebook.
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Re: Debian 10.2.0 installation from USB flash drive

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2019-12-27 23:36

dsenkyr wrote:Do you mean Windows Subsystem for Linux?

Yes.

I can't have Windows 10 on this old notebook.

I meant that you should enable it on the newer laptop so that you can use it to burn the ISO image to the USB stick. I think v2 has access to the devices.
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Re: Debian 10.2.0 installation from USB flash drive

Postby dsenkyr » 2019-12-29 15:48

Thanks for the tip. I tried CP and DD but it didn't work in my case (probably because of old HW). From the same USB flash drive, I was able to run Porteus live and TinyCore live. I installed Porteus and it works fine for my use cases. We can close this thread, thank you.
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