debian buster fails on desktop selection

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debian buster fails on desktop selection

Postby tdave » 2020-08-30 23:32

I am trying to install debian stable from usb and everything goes fine till it comes to desktop selection part, there is a box that you can use your error keys to go up and down and pick from about 5 or six things with a choice of back on left bottem corner or continue on right bottem corner. I can not get the selecter out of the box to the continue. is there a work around for this? it does not hang since it will move up and down those selections but not of the keys will move it to the continue and my mouse does not work in the install proccess. i just need to move to the next phase in the install. even if i ended up with no desktop. all i would need is apt and repos installed.
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Re: debian buster fails on desktop selection

Postby sickpig » 2020-08-31 00:09

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Error messages and logs are redirected to the fourth console. You can access this console by pressing Left Alt+F4 (hold the left Alt key while pressing the F4 function key); get back to the main installer process with Left Alt+F1.
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ref https://www.debian.org/releases/buster/amd64/ch06s01.en.html

logs can indicate what is wrong.
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Re: debian buster fails on desktop selection

Postby sunrat » 2020-08-31 00:29

You normally use arrow keys to move up and down and space bar to select or deselect each item. Then use Tab key to move to Continue. Is that what you are doing?
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Re: debian buster fails on desktop selection (SOLVED)

Postby tdave » 2020-08-31 13:42

the tab bar works works like that up to this point in install but on this screen the tab bar selects and deselects the items you want to install. I did find another option to this problem. I found a live usb someone built and loaded it and did a install from it. thank god for generous users and mega. it seems to be a pure debian and has xforce which is fine. but still i think someone needs to look at this problem. since i can't be the only one having it I am surprised there was not a work around for it. thank you for your time in this matter. i guess they can mark this solved.
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Re: debian buster fails on desktop selection

Postby Bulkley » 2020-08-31 14:50

At the beginning of the install are you selecting the correct keyboard?

Have you considered that you have a bum installer? I would be inclined to download a fresh iso and make a fresh install usb.
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Re: debian buster fails on desktop selection

Postby sickpig » 2020-08-31 18:22

tdave wrote:i guess they can mark this solved.


To do so, edit the subject of your first post and prepend it with - solved
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Re: debian buster fails on desktop selection

Postby sunrat » 2020-08-31 23:00

tdave wrote:the tab bar works works like that up to this point in install but on this screen the tab bar selects and deselects the items you want to install.

There's no such thing as a tab bar. As I said Space bar selects and deselects items. Tab key moves to the next input box such as Continue. Different things. Tab key is usually on the kb left above Caps Lock and/or Shift. Sounds like you were not using it.

I did find another option to this problem. I found a live usb someone built and loaded it and did a install from it. thank god for generous users and mega. it seems to be a pure debian and has xforce which is fine. but still i think someone needs to look at this problem. since i can't be the only one having it I am surprised there was not a work around for it. thank you for your time in this matter. i guess they can mark this solved.

Some random image from Mega sounds like a Really Bad Idea®. How do you know it's not going to start using your computer to mine bitcoin or be part of a botnet? There are official Debian Live images available which have a simpler installer if that's what you want.
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