I try to install Debian wheezy on my IBM ThinkPad X40 2372-CTO via USB stick. First i do zcat boot.img.gz > /dev/sdb with this image. After that i do cp debian-*-netinst.iso /mnt/sdb with this image.

When I try to install debian from the USB stick the following happens. First I get SYSLINUX .... aborted. boot:. When I press enter I see the Installer menu. When I choose Install the machine reboots. What am I doing wrong here? Are these the wrong images? How can I debug this?

  • Random comments: does your computer support booting from a USB stick, and is the partition in question a FAT partition? Also, why sdb? What else do you have on that stick? May 1, 2011 at 12:36
  • hi, yes it supports it. done it already with debian 5. sdb because sda is the internal hd on the machine where i do the copying. the stick is completely used for this installation.
    – user7123
    May 1, 2011 at 12:41
  • Testing images are sometimes broken, try an earlier build. You can also directly copy the iso onto the stick, what happens if you do this? May 1, 2011 at 12:47
  • Are you using debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch04s03.html.en as documentation? May 1, 2011 at 12:47
  • @Gilles I tried to copy it directly. reboots again. I think I'll another image now.
    – user7123
    May 1, 2011 at 13:28

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problem solved: memory was broken.

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