[kwlug-disc] debian 5.0 (lenny) install goes faster by moving the mouse?

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Fri Jun 5 16:08:18 EDT 2009

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When I was (net) installing Lenny on those machines I seem to recall the
same thing. Also, I had trouble with the clocks after the install.  Try
installing with notsc and nolapic options.

I think it was a problem with the onboard networking.  Try installing
ubuntu or something with a disk-only installation procedure to compare.


Eric Gerlach wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 05, 2009 at 02:45:46PM -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
>> On Fri, 5 Jun 2009, Chris Frey wrote:
>>> On Fri, Jun 05, 2009 at 12:12:54PM -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
>>>>   no hard drive activity.  i was fairly careful -- when a package was
>>>> being configured and was taking more than just a few seconds, i'd
>>>> verify that neither the HD nor the DVD drive were active.  the instant
>>>> i moved the mouse, zoom, progress!  stop the mouse and, very quickly,
>>>> back to a quiet state.
>>>>   has no one ever seen this behaviour before?  it's a new one on me.
>>> The only place I've seen this sort of behaviour is when I use
>>> Mozilla on Debian (etch and lenny) with an X config using VESA
>>> drivers. I click on a webpage link, and it doesn't load until I move
>>> the mouse. I usually don't wait very long before moving the mouse,
>>> so I don't know how long it would ultimately take, but it is a
>>> noticable hiccup. It doesn't seem to affect any other app.
>>> I haven't seen it during the install, but I used the text mode install
>>> last time, as I recall.
>>   just did another test on this and, weirdly, even text mode now
>> configures packages during install excruciatingly slowly.  right now,
>> the install progress bar is at 71%, "Configuring ftp".  it's been
>> there for the last 45 seconds.  and now, i press ENTER a few times ...
>> zoom!  and i hold down the ENTER key, it just smokes along.  that's
>> just weird.  and thoroughly annoying.
> I have no idea what's going on, but you might get have better luck
> asking on debian-user, or submitting a bug.
> I'm sure someone's run into it before... somewhere...
> Cheers,
> Eric
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