[Solved] Debian Squeeze installation freezes at partitioning

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[Solved] Debian Squeeze installation freezes at partitioning

Postby Masapena » 2011-11-08 05:54

Hi! I'm new to the Debian, but not to Linux. I've previously used Ubuntu for a few years, so I know something about how a successful intallation should look like. I'm currently using Windows 7.

I downloaded the debian-6.0.3-amd64-gnome-netinst.iso from http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/6.0.3/amd64/iso-cd/, and then made a USB pendrive using the Windows version of Unetbootin. The MD5 sum for the .iso-file was the correct one, b663727d7f5b572c329cea8e2ff5e29c.

I used the usual non-graphical setup, without any special options. The installation process went without hiccups until the "Starting up the partitioner" -screen freezes at "Scanning disks...". The bar stops at 50%. It never progresses any farther, even after an hour. It doesn't give any errors either. After I pressed Alt+F4, the last lines were:

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partman:   No matching physical volumes found
partman:   No volume groups found
partman:   Reading all physical volumes. This may take a while...
partman-lvm:   No volumegroups found


Exactly the same happens with firmware-6.0.3-amd64-netinst.iso too, or any of the live versions I tried. The result of graphical installation was also nothing. The USB pendrive created by LinuxLive USB Creator was nonoperative in exactly the same way.

The computer is brand new, without any previous OS installations. My desktop computer has the following parts:

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T, AM3, 2.8 GHz (HDT55TFBGRBOX)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3, AM3+, AMD 970, DDR3, ATX
    Videocard: Gigabyte GT 430
    Memory: Kingston 2x2 GB, DDR3 1066MHz, CL7 (KVR1066D3N7K2/4G)
    Harddrive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ
    Powersupply: OCZ 600W ModXstream, ATX 2.2, (OCZ600MXSP-EU)

I searched several forums, but did not find anything that helped and I'm still stumped. If you need any other information, I will deliver it.
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Re: Debian Squeeze netinstallation freezes at partitioning

Postby Aris Veresie » 2011-11-08 15:59

Masapena wrote:I downloaded the debian-6.0.3-amd64-gnome-netinst.iso

That image does not exist, I'll take that as a typing mistake.

The best you can do is check your HDD and your RAM.
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Re: Debian Squeeze netinstallation freezes at partitioning

Postby Masapena » 2011-11-08 17:11

ArisVer wrote:
Masapena wrote:I downloaded the
debian-6.0.3-amd64-gnome-netinst.iso

That image does not exist, I'll take that as a typing mistake.


Yeah, the correct name is debian-6.0.3-amd64-netinst.iso.

ArisVer wrote:The best you can do is check your HDD and your RAM.


Well, I'm going to try to check them later.
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Re: Debian Squeeze netinstallation freezes at partitioning

Postby nadir » 2011-11-08 17:43

http://silvatechsolutions.com/main/2010 ... t6421-bug/
?

How to work around that? No clue, sorry (in case that is the problem and you want to stick with squeeze)
I had such an error, i can't remember where, and could workaround by first doing the partitioning via live-CD... but that was a different case (and i barely remember, i did a quick search with seeks, hoping i could remember by that, but i couldn't. Thats how i found the link above).
Good luck.

few seconds later... mhhh... if you got an old harddisk or usb-stick you could install to that, then upgrade the kernel (say from backports), and then move the whole shebang to the new harddrive (say via rsync). No biggie, but all assuming the link above is the right hint.
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Re: Debian Squeeze netinstallation freezes at partitioning

Postby emariz » 2011-11-08 22:40

Already tried partitioning your disk with a live CD (like the latest Parted Magic) and then installing Debian? One time I couldn't install Debian if I deleted the disk partition table within the installer.

If you needed a newer kernel, you could try the installer with the Backports kernel:
http://kmuto.jp/debian/d-i/
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Re: Debian Squeeze netinstallation freezes at partitioning

Postby Masapena » 2011-11-13 10:49

emariz wrote:If you needed a newer kernel, you could try the installer with the Backports kernel:
http://kmuto.jp/debian/d-i/


I downloaded squeeze-custom-amd64-0808.iso from that site and everything is smooth now. Installation is complete and the problem is solved.
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Re: [Solved] Debian Squeeze installation freezes at partitio

Postby asbjorn » 2012-01-14 21:07

I have exactly the same problem. It both when installing squeeze and when trying to install testing. See http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=655099

I also tried using the latest kernel from http://kmuto.jp/debian/d-i/ , as suggested, but that did not help either.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: [Solved] Debian Squeeze installation freezes at partitio

Postby asbjorn » 2012-01-15 08:50

It turned out that parted had a bug causing it to crash when it encountered a small USB stick that I had plugged in. Removing (unplugging) that small USB stick allowed me to get through partitioning and the rest of the installation.

The parted crash was not reported by the installer. But I could see parted crashing when running parted manually from another console. (To be able to do this, one must have ticked of parted in the earlier installation step where one is allowed to include extra modules.)

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Re: [Solved] Debian Squeeze installation freezes at partitio

Postby unclouded » 2012-12-10 07:58

Encountering the same issue ( partman hung at 50% every time showing "scanning disks"), this is how I got around it ( I didn't have the option of removing the USB stick since it contained the installation media!).

Note: the following is a scary hack. Do this at your own risk.

When the installer hangs at 50%, open the second console and:

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fdisk /dev/sda  # ..and set up partitions.  "sda" is an *example*.  Check your devices!
mkfs.ext4 -O ^has_journal /dev/sda1  # No journal only because installing on Flash
mkdir /target
mount -t ext4 -o noatime /dev/sda1 /target
nano /var/lib/dpkg/info/partman-base.postinst  # ..and comment out the line that starts partman

Then kill the partman processes, go back to the menu and try to "partition disks" again. The step will magically complete ( now a no-op) and you can then complete the installation.

This was while installing Debian 6.0.4 from an 8GB USB stick to a 4GB CF in a CF-to-IDE adapter on an Athlon XP 2700+ to give you an idea of the vintage of the hardware.
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