Resource Conflict PCI

I recently came across this problem. On boot up the bios was erroring with what looked like a conflict with the hard disk and cd rom. Booting into the bios setup everything looked ok - checked the cables and jumpers on both devices and all was ok. Bios also gave me the option of continuing to boot disregarding this error. DSL would start to load before finally halting with the message Resource Conflict PCI Bus:00 Device:0D Function:00

Googling turned up very little that seemed helpful, but one result mentioned checking the cards - sure enough it turned out that the retaining screw on my video card was loose. After making sure the card was properly seated and the retaining screw was properly tightened, I rebooted.

Linksys wireless card

Hello, I have recently installed DSL 2.0 on a old laptop. 550 mhz 5 gig harddrive. I am having two problems so far. One is that when I leave the machine after about 5 mins it blanks out the screen and locks me out. Two I cannot get my Linksys wireless card to work. When I go to the PCIMA card control it shows that socket 0 has a card and is ready. But when I go to wlcardconfig it says that there is network card found. Any help would be great.


DSL = comfort zone

Recently I was experimenting around with some other very small Linux systems. I was given an opportunity to 'play' with an old Toshiba T4700ct notebook, which is a 486 running from a 320 megabyte hard drive and a whopping 8 megs or ram! THere is no Cdrom, thus all things needed to come from floppy, so I downloaded Basic Linux BL3 and proceeded. Now, I am not superbly adept at Linux and every new experience is both troublesome and rewarding. Uusally, I run into a stump or two right off the bat, and this time was no different. Firstly, I could not get 'x' to work. Apparently, dos 6.22 'interferes' with BL3 being able to read rom, so the Toshiba has to be started by pressing the alt-f5 buttons to bypass the autoexe.bat and config.sys files at boot. After doing that I got 'x' to work. Then I needed to edit some files. I had never had any luck editing files and the reason is something I think ALL NEWBIES need to be told. In fact, I think the designers of the Pico Editor need to revamp the format or at least make things CLEAR. In order to use the commands in Pico the help files say to press ^x or ^XY or so on. I had tried pressing ^ANYTHING for several months before this--all to no avail. Secondly the ^ sign is a CAPITAL 6 on the keyboard and pressing ^ and any other key is almost impossible , much less TWO keys as the Pico help guide instructs. I just so happened to be checking how to edit pppsetup and a Slackware guide mentioned that the ^ sign meant to push the CONTROL button!! Well, for crying out loud!! Why,, WHY isn't that the CLEAR instructions in the Pico editor??!! Sure enough, I pressed CONTROL x and VIOLA--I got Pico to WORK for the VERY FIRST time EVER! I can honestly say that the Linux fanatics that holler about how 'easy' Linux is to use could stand to learn from this lesson. This was one of the most confusing issues I have faced in the Linux world yet. And ,it is WAAAy to simple to have been overcome in the beginning by responsible programming. The ^ sign is NOT the CONTROL button. So, I hope this might help other users who read this.

Phase 2

Through no fault of my own, I recently re-aquired my old laptop. It's an Ultra Pentium P3 500 with 128 megs of ram. I had it for about a year and then I replaced it and issued it to the receiving department. It lived there for another three years before that fateful day when I got the call. Originally I had upgraded to 256 but the cheap stick of ram I bought from TigerDirect took a dump and that's how I ended up with this thing back. Pronounced dead at the office I disposed of it at my place. along with the ram issue, Win98 was suffering horrible bit rot. (besides, it was Win98!)

I tried a couple of heavier installs like Debian and CentOS but the poor thing just couldn't cut it. I even gave PCLinuxOS a shot but it just wouldn't talk to my WaveLan.(I don't know what that was all about. It's a WaveLan for crying out loud!) And what good is a laptop without wireless? So, I downloaded DSL 2.1. Most excellent! I love the improvements. I will use this one for a while. This makes a NICE machine!

Airlink AWLH 4030 pci wireless nic setup

Ok, now to cut the umbilical cord from the jukebox and get the wireless nic running. At $14.99 from Fry's, that Airlink nic has to be one of the best buys ever.

During some previous research on the web, I saw that the AWLH 4030 is supported by the Madwifi project. Just as I was about to go down the slippery slope of using CVS to obtain source code and then attempt to compile it, I saw a post from roberts saying that madwifi.dsl had been posted in the testing section. Ya Hoo!

Installed the package and ran, but had no joy. I'm not so sure why it didn't work for me, and truth be told after the first failure I went to the source and read the docs at: Heres what ended up working for me:

DSL jukebox

Having received a Zen Micro for Christmas, I've fallen in love with long playlists and 500+ track random shuffles. And while the Zen can be connected to our home stereo, there's only 6gigs to play with, and it's not being backed up. Therefore I decided to make a DSL-based home jukebox from spare parts I've been collecting in the garage over the years.

The jukebox will be running on an old AMD-K62 350mghz homebuilt from circa 1999. I have 2 mismatched sticks of RAM which add up to 512MB RAM, and 2 mismatched HD's that add up to just over 7gigs of storage. Yes, that's not much more than the Zen has, but the Zen doesn't allow me to mount an extra 100gigs for $50 either. Enough intro, let's go!

DSL 2.1 RC3

Just Downloaded 2.1 RC3 Man Is This The Bomb I Also Have Puppy 104&105&106
All are Very Fast Indeed Great Work Guys Keep It Up. I Just Love Trying New Disto's I Guess I Am Hooked On The Geek Stuff

Gonna be a daddy!

I keep forgetting that I have a blog setup here, anyways...

I've already posted this in the forums, but I thought I'd share here, as well. Hell, I'm telling everybody that'll listen. I'm gonna be a daddy!

Christmas morning, my wife woke me to inform me that she was pregnant. You really needed to be there, but suffice it to say that I jumped up and down like a madman, shouting WHOOHOO! and other unintelligible inanities.

I'm gonna be a daddy. I'm so excited I haven't really thought it though well enough to be terrified yet. Oh well.

My wife is going to the doctor tomorrow afternoon to get the lowdown and make sure that everything is physically copacetic up until this point. I'm so wired.

DSL on DSL is speedy indeedy

I use both the live cd version 2.0 and the embedded version which runs in Qemu on my Windows XP machine. Both are just great additions to my software collections and do just what I need them to do and do it VERY well. My machine is an AMD 1800 Athlon w/ a 1.5 gig processor and 256 meg memory, v.i.a chips and onboard video. The speed at which dsl runs is fantastic. I am connected to the net with dsl,, thus I am running DSL with DSL lol. The Qemu embedded version runs just as quick as any dial-up I have ever used and very frequently faster than that. I do not do much other than surf the web and write e-mails and make documents so this package takes me waaaay past where I need to go and has the added advantage of being snoop free. Dillo is a small and LIGHTNING fast browser and this is a boon to me as I like to view several topics from a webpage and I can have them loading in new tabs while speedreading and things go VERY quickly. There is no java with Dillo, but I do not miss it since I am reading text for the most part and the pure SPEED is just flat exhilirating! Firefox 1.0 is also included in dsl 2.0 live cd ( I am writing this comment from it ) and it is also right speedy, plus it will load all the pretty pictures and so forth. Damn Small Linux has always found ALL my hardware and loaded into useable form in a minimal amount of time in EVERY computer I tried it on. It is EASY to use, and after trying 14 other distros , mostly live cd's, over a period of 8 months, this one gets both my thumbs up and a couple raised fists as well.

Why I love DSL...

I am a middleage white guy loner. For me, loner is a lifestyle choice, not a personal problem. Having said that, this is why I love DSL. for a few years I have been trying to learn Linux by my self. I can install and run the various flavors I have tried. (probably about 25 different distros) But I have never been able to install a program. When I found DSL and learned about MyDSL, I was hooked. I installed it to hard drive on an old 500MHZ 500MB box I had sitting in my basement and use it all the time. I read an article a while back by some guy like me and he stated that until program install was as easy as Windows, linux would never be "mainstream" I can't remember where I saw it, or who he was, but I sure as heck would recomend DSL to him. When DSL got to 1.4 I sent a small donation to project. I am now using 2.0 and am overdue to send another small $$.

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