Gregory> My Debian disks came, seven of them. I managed to get it
Gregory> installed, but it's a very minimal system. At some point
Gregory> during the process it gave me the option of installing
Gregory> additional packages from CD, but couldn't find the CD
Gregory> (although it seemed to boot and run from the CD just
Gregory> fine...), and asked for a device file that I didn't know.
Gregory> Now I can't seem to get back to that point. The installation
Gregory> software is rather stupid, it doesn't seem to have an option
Gregory> for skipping stuff I've already done.
Gregory> So I boot into a text screen, apparantly don't have any
Gregory> window managers (no /usr/bin/X11), and I can't seem to mount
Gregory> the CD-ROM to get anything from the six disks I haven't
Gregory> looked at yet. When configuring the network it never gave me
Gregory> the option of entering a phone number for my ISP, it just
Gregory> failed to use Bootp or DHCP and then asked what my IP address
Gregory> is, which I entered as the blurb it gave me because I don't
Gregory> have one.
Gregory> So now what?
I am not sure exactly how to get back to installing more packages,
because I am not sure at what state your system is. It is likely you
can fix a lot of things by running the command "tasksel" as root. If
that doesn't work, you probably need to put the right lines in
/etc/apt/sources.list. Use the command "apt-cdrom add" to put the
right cdroms in there. Then you can use tasksel or just plain apt-get
to install things.
To configure your dialup, run the command pppconfig. After it is
configured, you will dial in using the command "pon" and hang up the
modem with the command "poff".
Please don't be discouraged and ask questions here or in other forums
when you can't make things work as they should.