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If are booting directly into Debian and the system doesn't start up, either use your original installation boot media (for instance, the Rescue Floppy) or insert the Custom Boot floppy if you created one, and then reset your system. If you are not using the Custom Boot floppy, you will probably need to add some boot arguments. If booting with the Rescue Floppy or similar technique, you need to specify rescue root=rootfs, where rootfs is your root partition, such as /dev/sda1.
Debian should boot, and you should see the same messages as when you first booted the installation system, followed by some new messages.
John Goerzen / Ossama Othman