three small installer questions?

Karen Lewellen klewellen at
Thu Apr 26 21:07:14 EDT 2012

Hi again,
Sorry very busy past day or two.  I am likely given your idea waiting too 
long then.  I  plan trying again tomorrow, perhaps based on your answer.
for the record, as the discussion in the other associated threads 
demonstrates, I am not actually wanting to install wheezy at all.
I have DVD images of squeeze.  however  as I cannot boot from DVD, and the 
cd image comes with a way to install the system on my own, my goal was to 
follow Samuel's steps  for installing squeeze instead once I reached the 
mirror archive question.  He already gave mt to understand that debian 
will not care where the  install data is coming from.
Your confirmation that it will just skip the network  install option confirms 
this too. I will have to set up one manually later.
I agree a thousand percent with just using  my dectalk express.
How can this be done without  sighted assistants?
I recall from the install manual that one uses the graphical installer, 
but again if debian  does not know until later in the install process 
where the dectalk is, what is done up to that point?
Thanks again for your wisdom,

On Tue, 24 Apr 2012, Gregory Nowak wrote:

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> On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:18:35AM -0400, Karen Lewellen wrote:
>> so, in theory, how long would it normally take for the system to
>> reach the boot menu of the installer?  I may be pressing s too soon,
> I would say 20-30 seconds from the time you power on the system. If
> you can hear the cd-rom drive spin, then that would narrow it down to
> somewhere around 5-10 seconds once the cd-rom drive starts to spin and
> read the disk. Others here may be able to give you a better estimate
> of the time.
>> not sure where the beep would come from without a speaker, or if
>> there even is a PC speaker.
> Your system is more likely to have a pc speaker than not.
>>  Since the installer is checking on things, this might take a while.
>> Second, as I said above there is a network card in the machine, but
>> I am between providers and dsl modems just now.  the network check
>> seems later in the install process, but will I be able to bypass
>> this test or might everything freeze trying to conduct it?  The
>> installer may seek the network ard as hardware even before giving me
>> the boot menu options perhaps?
> I don't think I've ever run across a distribution installer yet that
> checks networking hardware before doing anything else. The lack of a
> network connection won't give you trouble. The installer will just
> determine that you're not connected to a network, and move on, nothing
> should freeze.
>> Last of all, I am using the wheezy software speech <or trying to
>> lol> for the install but as I have a dectalk express may want to
>> change to this for speech once i Manage to install debian.  I do not
>> want to try this before, who know the software voice might be
>> understandable.
> I haven't installed debian past squeeze, but assume that speakup in
> the installer you're using still supports hardware synthesizers. If
> that's the case, I would strongly recommend using a hardware serial synth if you
> have that option. You will find that much easier than unmuting your
> sound cards (if that's why you're stuck) given that you're a
> beginner. I've been a gnu/linux user for over 10 years now, and would
> still choose to install using a hardware synth if I had that option,
> especially if getting software speech going was proving problematic.
>> still will I be able to configure this  change later, once the
>> system is up and running?
> Yes, you'll be able to do that, but you'll need to be able to use an
> editor, and rebuild your initrd if you want speech ASAP after boot. If
> you use the hardware synth during install as I suggested above, this
> is one more thing you won't have to worry about.
> Greg
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