Alpha-5 alternate installer fails
Binary package hint: debian-installer
Tried installing from Alpha-5 intrepid-
Installer needed additional boot option "acpi=off", otherwise USB keyboard wouldn't be responsive.
The problem occurred halfway through the installation of the base system, when the installer asked for insertion of the disc labelled 'Ubuntu 8.10 _Intrepid Ibex_-Alpha amd64 (20080903.2)' in the drive /cdrom/ and to press Enter. Mmm..., wasn't that disc already in that drive? What was the installer installing from? Anyway, neither hitting Enter nor hitting Back would budge the installer from this message, stopping the installation cold.
I've tried a number of combinations of other additional boot options (together with "acpi=off"), but all of them ended with the above message.
Now, I did manage to install Intrepid in the end: first install Hardy from the alternate-amd64.iso (no additional boot options required, whole installation went without a hitch); then using the "update-manager -d" command to upgrade to the latest Intrepid, which also went without a hitch.