Installing Debian on Acer Aspire One (D255E)


  • the image file: boot.img.gz (hd-media)
  • the ISO image: debian-X.X.X-i386-netinst.iso
  • USB memory stick

NOTE: It is critical that the kernel version in the boot.img.gz image and the net-install ISO are the same! If they are not identical, the installer will not be able to detect your hardware and the installation will fail.

Partitioning and Formatting
Plug the USB memory stick into free USB port on your computer somewhere and do not mount it. in this example the USB memory stick is /dev/sdc

First we are going to ‘fdisk’ the USB memory stick so we have a clean slate to work with (so to speak)

# fdisk /dev/sdc

!!!WARNING!!! all data on the USB memory stick will be erased!

  • To start press: o (not zero)
  • Create a New Partition: n then p then 1 then accept default responses for the next 2 options
  • Make Bootable: a then 1
  • Change to fat16: t then 6
  • Write settings and Quit fdisk: w

Formating the USB memory stick

# mkdosfs /dev/sdc1

Installing the Software
With an unmounted USB memory stick we Install:

# cat /usr/lib/syslinux/mbr.bin > /dev/sdc
# zcat /path/to/boot.img.gz > /dev/sdc1

Make a directory to mount the USB memory stick to:

# mkdir /mnt/usb

And the final stuff to be installed to the USB memory stick mounted

# mount /dev/sdc1 /mnt/usb
# cp debian-X.X.X-i386-netinst.iso /mnt/usb/
# umount /mnt/usb

Happy Installing πŸ™‚

DebianAcerOne – Debian Wiki

Comments (2)

  1. 20:13, Friday, October 28, 2011Richard Brown  / Reply

    just one question, it isn’t a 64bit processor? I shouldn’t use an IA64 image? I’ve tried with it but there is no way to boot from usb πŸ™

    • 20:53, Friday, October 28, 2011Dale  / Reply

      Yes the netbook is a 64bit processor and use the ‘amd64’ installer and not the ‘IA64’.

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