For some reason booting from the netinstall cd did not detect / run the video drivers properly on my ibm thinkpad r31 for "dos" install mode.
Instead, when I put the cd in while running winxp the graphical installer was quite easy to use.
the biggest problem I had was that GRUB2 put Windows at hd(0,0) so I could only boot to debian, BUT I'd installed a very minimal system so ntfs-3g and no wpa-supplicant...
luckily I used nano /grub/
changed to hd(0,1) and windows booted fine!
add/remove programs to remove Debian Installer Loader (after all, GRUB2 is already in place)...
I wanted to see what my linux file system looked like (from windows)
READ & WRITE http://www.fs-driver.org/index.html
I chose Large file (virtualbox .vdi's) support, I'm using kernel 2.6.26 and left "read only" empty - I want to be able to throw .deb's in there!
debian5 installs 256Byte ext3 inodes, UNFORTUNATELY ext2if only reads 128Byte inode
sudo tune2fs -l /dev/sda2 | grep Inode
the solutions I've read involve either backing up, reformatting with 128 or before installing, using a different install cd to format the partition as a 128 Byte inode, and then running the Debian installer and choosing NOT to format the partition...
(and to be able to eventually get files back and forth besides FAT32 usb stick?)