At the end of yesterday's post I was planning to take a trip to Fry's this morning to purchase a new ethernet card for my new machine. This morning's realization is that the new machine actually has two spare standard PCI slots and I have a load of PCI ethernet cards sitting in boxes and dead machines. One of those spare cards happens to be old trustworthy Intel Pro 1000.

I disabled the motherboard integrated ethernet adapter, installed ye olde Intel card and rebooted.

Everything works.

Joy!

Now that I have a working network during install, package configuration during Debian setup is working. I just installed the base desktop package as I'll manually install and configure everything else later and write up the process for my records and your reading pleasure.

Later, dear reader…