HOWTO: install Debian Linux on a Medion Akoya Netbook E1210
This page shows how I installed Linux on a Medion Akoya E1210 Netbook using a USB memory stick. Since the E1210 is a clone of the MSI Wind U100, this howto might work with it too.
The way outlined at Debian GNU/Linux Installation Guide didn’t work for me.
Disclaimer: use this HOWTO at your own risk :-)
The Netbook comes with recovery media and if you have a USB-CD/DVD drive or just don’t care, you may skip backup and proceed with installing Linux. But if you have a USB-CD/DVD drive, you probably don’t need this HOWTO.
For backup, I used System Rescue CD, because it includes ntfsprogs and I’m familiar with it.
Install Debian Linux with a USB memory stick
Format the memory stick with ext2.
/dev/sdX1to whatever your memory stick device is. On my system
/dev/sdais my hard disk and
/dev/sdbis my memory stick.
Mount the memory stick.
mkdir /mnt/usbstick mount /dev/sdX1 /mnt/usbstick
Mount the ISO image and unpack to the memory stick.
mkdir /mnt/isoimage mount -o loop,ro /path/to/debian-40r3-i386-businesscard.iso /mnt/isoimage cp -a /mnt/isoimage/* /mnt/usbstick cp -a /mnt/isoimage/.disk /mnt/usbstick
Make the memory stick bootable with extlinux (a syslinux alternative).
extlinux -i /mnt/usbstick/ sed -e 's![a-z][a-z0-9]*\.txt!/isolinux/&!' /mnt/usbstick/isolinux/isolinux.cfg >/mnt/usbstick/extlinux.conf
Unmount the memory stick.
Boot and install using the memory stick.
Goto BIOS (Press DEL/ENTF to activate setup) and activate booting from memory stick.
Boot->Boot Option #1->USB HardDisk->F10->yes
At the boot prompt press
Now the debian installer starts and you can choose a language and the keyboard layout. When the installer searches for the CD-ROM drive, it fails and asks for manual driver loading and device configuration. Answer
At the main menu, press Alt-F2 and return for a root prompt. At the root prompt enter
mount -o ro /dev/sdc1 /cdrom
/dev/sdais the hard disk and
/dev/sdbis the memory slot) and return to the main menu with Alt-F1. Press return to continue the installation.
Now, just follow the instructions. When booting into the new system, remember to remove the memory stick and revert the BIOS to booting from hard disk.
umount /mnt/isoimage rmdir /mnt/isoimage rmdir /mnt/usbstick