I have an old (~8years) eeepc 1002HA, laptop with intel atom processor and 160GB HDD. I am trying to install debian 9.4.0, from a iso image that I flashed on a pendrive. The live version seems to work just fine, but the installation fails at installing the system. I do not intend to dual boot with any other OS. I have tried several ways to partition the disk (single partition, separate partition for /home, partition with LVM, without LVM), but the installation always fails. I was wondering if the problem could be related to the pendrive I have been using to install the OS, in fact I see it among the detected drives in the installation process, but I am not sure if the installer is trying to install over that.

I would also be interested in installing a slightly older version of debian, but the error is not very informative, so it is difficult to understand what to do. I would be interested in any recommendation about how to trouble shoot the installation or installing previous version of debian or installing another distro.


I have found that the error log is in /var/log/syslog. How can I save it to the pendrive so that this error can be posted to the developers?

The error is:

squashfs error unable to read fragment

I have tried to pass the variables ide=nodma acpi=off but it still fails at the same percentile

  • Which model of eeePC is it? The models behave in different ways.
    – sudodus
    Jun 11, 2018 at 13:25
  • @sudodus I have edited my question
    – simona
    Jun 11, 2018 at 13:29
  • I have experience from eeePC 900, and it works with Lubuntu and Xubuntu, but I don't know your model. Let us hope that someone who owns a 1002HA will see you question and answer. (It might help to add the model number to the title too.)
    – sudodus
    Jun 11, 2018 at 13:38
  • I cannot test installing Debian, because the computer I know is owned by a friend. You could try with another distro (for example Lubuntu 14.04, 16.04 or 18.04). If it works like in eeePC 900, the installation should work, when booted from a USB pendrive (cloned from the iso file).
    – sudodus
    Jun 11, 2018 at 13:48

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As the subject stats Debian ' Installing the system' fails.. well I was getting this same error.. being as i'm doing this for a raspberry i'm going to be purchasing. so I have no real experience in this stuff, but have been in the computer industry since 1978 when I was programming on a Dec PDP 11/34 . . That all being said. I was able to re. pair this issue. or should I say solve it.. as follows: I started over with the installation after confirming the hard drive was good. But I choose the 1 partition new user experience ( as I probably should have to start with . ) This time .. it worked. No more errors went right thru .. well hope that helps someone .. seems you can't partition the hard drive.

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