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Re: [Qemu-discuss] [SOLVED] Can't boot Debian netinst ISO

From: Richard Lewis
Subject: Re: [Qemu-discuss] [SOLVED] Can't boot Debian netinst ISO
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:48:09 +0000
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At Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:49:08 +0000,
Richard Lewis wrote:

> I'm very new to QEMU. I have verion 1.1.2 from Debian stable
> installed. I'm logged into the guest system via SSH.
> I'm trying to create a VM on which to install Debian. This is what
> I've done:
> $ qemu-img create -f qcow2 debian-image.qcow 2G
> $ qemu-system-x86_64 -hda debian-image.qcow -cdrom 
> debian-testing-amd64-netinst.iso -boot d -m 512 -curses
> When I do this I see a screen showing me:
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>     640 x 480 Graphic mode
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

So it seems that the ISO image *is* booting, it's just that I can't
see the installer on the terminal because it's in VGA mode. That's
presumably what the above screen was telling me. But my QEMU knowledge
was too deficient to know that.

I eventually managed to work out how to connect a VNC client to it:

host$ qemu-system-x86_64 -hda debian-image.qcow -cdrom 
debian-testing-amd64-netinst.iso -boot menu=on -m 512 -vnc :1

And then on my local X11 machine:

$ vncviewer host::5901

And I found the install menu waiting for me!


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