Lenny on Ebox 3310A

Published on Tuesday, November 3, 2009

As a preface, I take absolutely no credit for the below instructions. Stefan L kindly sent these through these instructions on installing Debian on the 3310A. I need to send a special thanks to Stefan, as I receive a lot of emails about the 3310 - but I don't have one, so I can't really do much:(
The only edit I've done is change out the links to my files on S3. If you find these helpful, or want to suggest an alteration, please leave a comment.
Download these files first:

The steps to install Lenny to CF in brief is:
  • 1) Install i386 version of Lenny to CF on another computer
  • 2) Add the revised kernel deb with dpkg -i *.deb
  • 3) Change fstab from hda1 to sdb1 (sda1 if there is no micro sd card) - uuids
    may be better
  • 4) Change /boot/grub/menu.lst to:
  • title           Debian GNU/Linux, kernel
    root            (hd0,0)
    kernel          /boot/vmlinuz- root=/dev/sdb1 ro verbose
    5) Probably need to change /boot/grub/device.map
    (hd1)   /dev/sda
    (hd0)   /dev/sdb
    With no micro sd it would be:
    (hd0) /dev/sda
    6) delete the section below "# PCI device ...." in /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules (Otherwise the eBox network gets remapped to eth1 and may not appear if only eth0 is specified in the network settings) 7) Reboot & pray (bold added by Kelvin:P ). The next one is a revised initrd for the current Ubuntu 9.10: http://staff.washington.edu/lombaard/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-generic-pata_rdc 2.6.31-14 pata_rdc module for Ubuntu 9.10 The two changes are: blacklist dm_raid45 & add pata-rdc.ko "blacklist dm_raid45" needs to be added to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf I managed to boot into gnome desktop without any further problems. I have enabled PCI IDE Bus Mastering, plug&play and IDE native mode in the bios. Hope this saves someone else a few hours of frustration.