Still installing… :P

October 9, 2007

It’s been a while already… I tried to do too well with my Kubuntu install and messed everything up. I’ll do a clean install of Ubuntu later and stop trying to do everything at once. I wanted to do the install tonight but I don’t think I’m going to have enough time.

I’ve been spending my evening trying to set up an older machine as a server. Wanting to do things the right way (again!) I downloaded Ubuntu server edition but it didn’t work out too well. The installation was going s-l-o-w-l-y and froze at 6%, trying to load trm290 and an IDE chipset. I wasn’t too satisfied with the answers that Google and the Ubuntu forums came up with (or lack thereof), and when I realised that Ubuntu server is really the same as the desktop version, just with no GUI and a different set of apps, well… I’m not a wizard of the command-line (yet!) and I just want to use this machine as a backup server, so it’s not like I really need any super-optimised system or anything… It would have been nice to get to learn something new but well πŸ™‚

So, I excavated my Ubuntu desktop i386 cd. And this time, the problem came when I tried to start the live CD: “/bin/sh: can’t access tty; job control turned off” with an initramfs prompt. Browsing the Ubuntu forums, I figured I was pretty much screwed: most answers were related to optical drives issues, and this machine has a CD burner drive that has remained resolutely shut for the past couple of years, it’s not detected at boot time anymore. This thread lists a very broad range of solutions to that problem. I figured I could at least try to go through a few of them. In the end, inserting a floppy in the floppy drive solved the problem…………. I’d seen this solution in other threads but it felt so… ridiculous? I didn’t try it before. People said to use a blank floppy too and I don’t think I’ve got any of those. I don’t even know why I keep the other ones. Neither my computer nor my laptop have a drive for it.

Ah well. It worked. Now I’m nearly finished formatting the hard drive of my “server”… It’s my first machine that’s gonna be Linux-only, I’m pretty excited πŸ˜€


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