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1  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / A problem with two KNOPPIX images on the HD on: August 25, 2012, 10:08:28 AM
At the moment I have both DSL and Feather fully installed on my HD.
DSL is on sda7 and Feather is on sda 10.
Both use a Knoppix boot image.
When I try booting into Feather on 10 the Grub4dos bootloader picks up the first Knoppix image from DSL on sda7 and I end up with a DSL desktop on sda10 (which obviously doesn't function too well).
The same situation arises in reverse if Feather is earlier on the HD than the DSL partition.
Is there a kernel parameter that I can use in DSL and/or Feather to ensure that the correct Knoppix image is loaded from the correct partition instead of just the first Knoppix image that the bootloader can find?
2  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: I need help 'switching' my 3g USB dial-up modem... on: August 02, 2012, 05:59:06 AM
Hi John,
Thanks for your quick reply.
I do have Puppy (Slacko) already and it works fine.
I have been trying to get the modem up and running with several linux distributions recently partly because I want to make them more useful to me by having internet access via modem and partly to simply try and learn something about the whole process of getting online with an USB dongle. I'm hoping that the more distros I try it with will broaden and quicken my understanding of what's going on during the modem connection/ISP connection process.
Thanks again,
3  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / I need help 'switching' my 3g USB dial-up modem... on: August 01, 2012, 05:37:45 PM
I am very new to both DSL and Linux. My only access to the internet is via a 3g USB dial-up modem. I have tried connecting via Gnome PPP but my modem (ZTE MF110) is not being detected. The problem is apparently that the modem is regarded as an USB storage device rather than as a modem. I need to be able to 'switch' the DefaultVendorID and DefaultProductID from 19d2:0103 to 19d2:0031 and also ensure that the device is classed as a modem not a storage device.
Can I do this in DSL?
Is Sakis3g available for DSL?
Alternatively, is USB ModeSwitch available for DSL and, if so, what other extensions will I also need to install at the same time?
Any help would be appreciated ie. I need any instructions spelt out in the simplest possible terms as I have been struggling to get my head around this problem for ages! Thanks,
4  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Trouble with PPP Dial on: July 28, 2012, 07:17:04 AM
Thanks for your reply John.  I have reposted my enquiry as I think I now have a better idea what the problem is.
5  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Why wont install go past "Checking for for USB..." on: July 19, 2012, 08:03:08 AM
Hi Cyberhollow. Sorry I wasn't able to previously comment on your first post - I wasn't sure what to advise so hoped someone else may have been able to assist. I hope you've got your problem sorted out by now. If not, perhaps you can re-download the iso to an USB or copy the CD on to an USB then try an install from the USB? Hope something works soon
6  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Trouble with PPP Dial on: July 19, 2012, 07:57:04 AM
I have dsl installed on the hard drive (frugal). My only access to the internet is via an USB dial-up modem. Dsl recognises the modem ie. it is listed as one of the 'mount' options (/dev/sr0) but when I try to run PPP dial (config.) in order to 'create a connection' the box just disappears every time I enter 'OK'. Also, when I enter the APN or phone number in the PPP dial box itself, nothing happens when I press enter. Can anyone please suggest a reason why PPP dial is not working at all?
More importantly, can anyone advise whether it is possible for me to be able to connect via the terminal and, if it is, precisely what commands would I need to use to create a connection and then actually connect? Many thanks,
7  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Trouble getting dsl (on USB) to recognize hard drive and also a USB modem on: July 17, 2012, 04:23:11 PM
Thanks to CrystalMV for your reply. You have helped solve the problem as regards getting the hard drive recognised.

In case anyone else has a similar difficulty, my netbook is an Asus 1011PX. Under the ‘IDE configuration’ heading (in the BIOS) there are 2 particular sub-headings ie.
 1)‘ATA/IDE CONFIGURATION’ with the following options:
2) ‘CONFIGURE SATA’ with options
-IDE or

The manufacturer had set these to ‘enhanced’ and ‘AHCI’ and this did not allow the hard drive to be recognised when trying to install DSL to the hard drive from a USB-based iso.

I therefore first changed the CONFIGURE SATA option to IDE (instead of AHCI) and then changed the ATA/IDE CONFIGURATION to ‘compatible’ (instead of ‘enhanced’) and this allowed a hard drive install with all of the other partitions on the hard drive being accessible within the new hd install.

Unfortunately, I still cannot get my USB modem configured via PPP dial (the ‘create a connection’ box just keeps disappearing every time I ask it to create a connection). I will post again on that issue in another part of the forum.

8  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Trouble getting dsl (on USB) to recognize hard drive and also a USB modem on: July 15, 2012, 07:44:54 AM

I am fairly ‘new’ to both Linux and dsl and have very limited knowledge of both. I have recently downloaded and installed the dsl iso on to an USB (via Unetbootin) but:

1)  I have so far found it impossible to ‘install’ that live USB version to my netbook’s hard drive. ie. I have followed the relevant instructions in the help file and on various websites and I have tried a hard drive install (frugal or regular) via both the menu option and also more directly via a root shell but still no luck. The problem seems to be that it does not seem to recognize the hard drive at all ie. cfdisk does not show it, nor do the mount options in the menu and desktop. I have tried to amend /etc/fstab to add the hard drive to it but it is read-only so that has failed too.
2)  I have also found it impossible to  get dsl to recognize my USB modem and cannot therefore connect to the internet either.

In both cases, is there anything that I need to do to get things working properly ie. is there something that I first need to adjust to get both the USB modem and the hard drive itself recognised by dsl.? (This is my second dsl iso ‘download/USB install’ and it is producing the very same problems as the first one so, as far as I can tell, it is not a ‘defective’ download). Thanks,
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