how to install kenel with debian netinst on beaglebone

I just got my beaglebone and am following the instructions here to install debian:
http://elinux.org/BeagleBoardDebian

Everything made sense and worked fine except for the “Beagleboard: Install Latest Kernel” step.
After saying “continue” to the “no boot loader” message, it finished the install and rebooted.

Should I have shelled out at some point before that and followed the kernel install instructions?

Right now when I reboot, nothing happens. My host doesn’t see any usb devices etc, so I think I need to start over.

I just got my beaglebone and am following the instructions here to install
debian:
http://elinux.org/BeagleBoardDebian

Everything made sense and worked fine except for the "Beagleboard: Install
Latest Kernel" step.

First, why did you run that step?

I know it's an odd question, but please answer, depending on your
answer, i may just nuke that section in the wiki.. (lot of people
install the wrong kernel on the bone)

Background: When you use the "netinstall" it automatically pulls in
the latest/greatest 'stable' kernel on the moment you run it... So
technically there's no point on running the "update kernel" section..

After saying "continue" to the "no boot loader" message, it finished the
install and rebooted.

Should I have shelled out at some point before that and followed the kernel
install instructions?

Right now when I reboot, nothing happens. My host doesn't see any usb
devices etc, so I think I need to start over.

Open, your sd card on another machine, there should be backup's of the
uImage/uInitrd... Delete uImage/uInitrd and replace with the
backup's..

Regards,

I just got my beaglebone and am following the instructions here to install
debian:
http://elinux.org/BeagleBoardDebian

Everything made sense and worked fine except for the "Beagleboard: Install
Latest Kernel" step.

First, why did you run that step?

I didn't run that step. I thought I needed to because the board didn't
seem to be booting.
It turns out that my PC's USB stack was somehow hosed, so it was not
reporting any USB devices that were added.
After rebooting, I decided to try the pre-built image
debian-wheezy-minimal-armhf-2012-03-29.tar.xz
and that worked great.

Thanks for the quick reply.

I know it's an odd question, but please answer, depending on your
answer, i may just nuke that section in the wiki.. (lot of people
install the wrong kernel on the bone)

The debian installer is a little confusing when it tells you it can't
find the kernel and the bootloader. There's no indication that the
netinstall has installed the right kernel, so I thought it hadn't
installed any.

I just got my beaglebone and am following the instructions here to install
debian:
http://elinux.org/BeagleBoardDebian

Everything made sense and worked fine except for the "Beagleboard: Install
Latest Kernel" step.

First, why did you run that step?

I didn't run that step. I thought I needed to because the board didn't
seem to be booting.
It turns out that my PC's USB stack was somehow hosed, so it was not
reporting any USB devices that were added.

Ah, been down that road too..

After rebooting, I decided to try the pre-built image
debian-wheezy-minimal-armhf-2012-03-29.tar.xz
and that worked great.

Thanks for the quick reply.

I know it's an odd question, but please answer, depending on your
answer, i may just nuke that section in the wiki.. (lot of people
install the wrong kernel on the bone)

The debian installer is a little confusing when it tells you it can't
find the kernel and the bootloader. There's no indication that the
netinstall has installed the right kernel, so I thought it hadn't
installed any.

Correct, it can't find the kernel in "ftp.us.debian.org/debian/"
repo... :wink: and i can't easily suppress that warning... (i'd have to
setup a real debian repo..)

I can get rid of the last bootloader message (which is safe to just
hit yes), but when debugging the 'netinstall' that's actually the last
thing that runs before it auto-reboots the board...

The only real hint that it's installed the right kernel is the
"rcn-ee-finish-installing-device" message before the bootloader
question, it's not the best..

Regards,