[lug] Debian CD install problem

Michael J. Pedersen marvin at keepthetouch.org
Fri Aug 25 13:00:55 MDT 2000

On Fri, Aug 25, 2000 at 12:52:38PM -0600, Glenn Murray wrote:
> I am trying to install Debian 2.1 to a dual-processor

First things first: You should go grab 2.2 which just came out last week or

> Pentium 2 Dell box which has two hard drives at SCSI
> ids 0 and 1 and an NEC CD-ROM DRIVE : 464 CdRom Device
> at SCSI id 5.  The drive at 0 has Win2k and I'm
> trying to install to the drive at 1.

This should work, I would think. Which SCSI card do you have powering this
setup, and does 2.1 include support for it?

> The box boots from the Debian CD and enables me
> to partition and initialize the hard drive.  Then
> the installation program (and I) would like to
> "Install Operating System Kernel and Modules".

Been a month or two since I installed Debian. Which steps are before this, if
you don't mind?

> Going to the execute the shell prompt option, I
> find that /dev/sdc0 does not exist and dmesg
> alerts me to 
> kmod: failed to exec -s -k block-major-3, errno=2

This leads me to believe that a necessary module is not being loaded, which is
why things are failing for you. Since I know that block-major indicates it
trying to get the drive itself going (not even to the point of reading what
the drive has, just trying to access it), I would recommend checking to make
sure that your SCSI card module is loaded by then. Without it, I don't expect
it to work.

Michael J. Pedersen
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