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1  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Ancient Dell E1705 on: December 21, 2017, 03:17:28 AM
I will go back and look .. while I was away I was reading on the Linux Questions page.. where it was talking about the necessity of an upgraded GRUB first before the inclusion of a new kernel as well.. I would imaging that would require some remastering as well.. 

Oh The Joys Smiley 

2  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Ancient Dell E1705 on: December 19, 2017, 11:47:14 PM
It bares the question to ask.. could one without a vast amount of sweat .. download DSL, with the older kernel, and just upgrade the kernel .. with an Apt-get upgrade ( something or other ?)

Thank you for investing time in my questions..

3  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Ancient Dell E1705 on: December 19, 2017, 01:33:34 AM

So I loaded Puppy into RAM and it worked out of the box..

the iwconfig while running the live version there is... the IEEE 802.11 bg  and my ssid and it gives power and the band 2.4 blah blah.. so that is good..

At the bottom of the lspci it shows Broadcom 4311 80211 b/g WLAN (rev 1)
presumed that is what you were looking for..

I would have copied and pasted but the methods I am familiar with do not seem to work  the ctl+shift+c/v   or  ctl-Instert/Shift insert etc..  Sad

4  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Ancient Dell E1705 on: December 17, 2017, 08:55:36 PM
OK, so a quick update---

I downloaded and ran the current version of DSL and booted away.. and it came up to a beautiful screen .. no apperant issues with the graphics..
Then went over to attempt the wifi connection.. but that was a different tale all together.. after attempting all the various versions of network card configuration etc..
I was not able to get the broadcom wireless adapter to connect..   

I am given to understand that in the recent past that the broadcom wireless adapters were incorporated into the Linux Kernel.. any input there ? 

Given that is seems I will at least need to configure the wifi driver / firmware - I would profer the following,

There would, at least to my understanding, the necessity of installing the  b43-fwcutter firmare-b42-installer 

which I found during a search in the Arch32 forums while I was looking for the wireless set up.

More later as I ponder through the process ..

5  Damn Small Linux / Site News / Re: DSL coming back on: December 17, 2017, 05:42:12 PM
YES !   ... I am really happy to see DSL coming back into the light.. I have over the years spread the message of DSL.. and with so many of the "modern" distros leaving 32 bit architechure in the dirt.. there are still machines.. ( like the one I want to covert) that might be 15 years old but is still a good piece of hardware and Looking forward to working on a DSL machine again.     My last machine was a thinkpad T440 and after my daughter stepped on the screen it went south..   Used Puppy on another old laptop with no HDD  but it was not DSL..  I was afraid DSL was going away.. now that its coming out of its slumber.. I am ready  !

Thank you John for doing this !

6  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Ancient Dell E1705 on: December 17, 2017, 05:19:17 PM
Greetings All.. .

I am returning after a number of years absence from DSL, Its been a LOoOOONG time. I have an old Dell that I would like to install Linux on.. I was more or less on the fence between DSL for a lightweight install ( that would be my preference ) and Debian.    Here is the thing.   I would really like to just do an install and have stuff work Out of the box, or as close to that as I can manage.  without damaging components.   

This is what i have.. A Dell E1705 with a broadcom wireless chipset  Dell 1390 wireless ( broadcom wireless 43XX) and an ATI Radeon Mobility X1400  graphics card, and WUXGA  laptop screen whos resolution in WIN 7 is 1440 x 900 .   Intel Core Duo 1.73 GHz  with 2 GB of RAM.

It seems my lot in my computing life that my loved ones dont really ask me what system I want before sending one to me.. and that , at least in the Linux world is no bueno LOL..    Can't fix that.. until I go get one. 

Anywho.. I pretty much wanted to catch up on the current state of the Distro.. and see how much headache it is going to be to install ( HDD install ) and get some advise on how much work this is going to be to get done ?

Anyway thank you in advance for your indulgence.. and information..


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