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1  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Is it possible to boot an iBook G4 with DSL in a pendrive? on: May 05, 2015, 05:26:13 PM
If the iBook is bootable from the usb port and the filesystem of the pendrive is recognizable for the iBook can I suspect that it may boot on this machine or it has to have its' own quirks for the PPC?

Thanks in advance for any info on the above! Hope the forum is still active...
2  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Re: What does DSL get run on nowadays? on: May 05, 2015, 04:46:44 PM
I was back to the forum because needed to know something unrelated to this topic (not mentioning it here).

I was using DSL mainly in an HP-Compaq nx9010. The cpu is intel but don't remember which one but this laptop came with Windows XP Professional which might a good idea what was in it. The RAM was at 512 MB. I stopped using it because it burnt up last year (a Power Supply thing but not at the P/S itself: smoke came out from the laptop and not from the P/S). Haven't opened it, yet; when I finally do I might find something more. Until then, I'm using an old iBook G4 with its OS X in it...
3  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: How to find what's happening if DSL gives me "read error...-problem reading. on: June 08, 2014, 04:52:55 PM
Thanks for replying, CNK!

I checked with the included app within DSL that you mentioned and yes, there's an entry that states "fd0 is a 1.44MB drive"; so, recognition isn't an issue.

I'm planning now to use a floppy disk for saving a backup of my Bon Echo bookmarks because a few weeks ago something strange happenned and I lost ALL my bookmarks. Even though I've other backups at the cloud it has been IMPOSSIBLE to retrieve any of them because all the necessary buttons AREN'T clickable in any of them (Google-Drive, Dropbox, 4Shared and Skydrive).

BTW, after loosing the bookmarks I started to experiment a little bit with downloading some extensions and I encountered a little problem with the instructions at the 'Wiki'? If I'm not wrong, for the Menu corresponding item to appear I've to click at the topmost button at the emefm app, but the name used at the wiki doesn't appear at my app, it just says: Add2Filetool.
Obviously, the first time I tried it it worked but it wasn't persistent. After I rebooted the system the extensions appear at the location where I put them but not the icons (entries) at the MyDSL menu.

PS. --Something that I've encountered recently that don't know how to solve is my default password in DSL; I don't remember if in the past I've changed it or not or what the default was; the system has said to me several times already that "I don't have permission to do this or that"... Can you help on this?

Thanks for any info on these subjects!
4  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: How to find what's happening if DSL gives me "read error...-problem reading. on: May 20, 2014, 02:37:45 AM
Thanks for replying, CNK!

The reason for asking of those commands is that starting a process from the terminal, if it's not finishing, is easier to kill it at the spot. BTW, those folders (etc/fstab & etc/mtab) don't exist, at least the terminal gave me that message.

Without a floppy disk in, I tried to mount the drive (fd0) from emelfm (/ramdisk/home/dsl) but there was not an option for it. With a disk in, the same.

For some reason today I can't use the drive...?

I don't have for the moment another system for trying to read the diskette.

The way of 'killing' a process started from emelfm I suspected was killing emelfm itself; even though I think the other day the led at the driver never went off.

Thanks for any ideas around this!
5  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / How to find what's happening if DSL gives me "read error...-problem reading... on: May 18, 2014, 09:58:12 PM
...cylinder 0 - expected 18432, read -1"?

I've seen the led of the drive indicating activity for more than 30 mins.. What I need to know is if it can be killed even though the process is started from emelfm? If, for being able to kill it I've to start it from the console, it might be useful to have a short list of commands for mounting, unmounting and running files (apps) from there - installing, etc.).

Thanks for any help on this!
6  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Re: DSL revival? on: March 27, 2014, 03:35:17 PM
For my part, what I see as the most urgent upgrade to be done is with respect to the browser (Bon Echo in this case) because, probably, is the most used application whenever a person turns on a computer. In my case I've a lot of difficulty or am unable to read my yahoo emails from my current version, which traditionally, has been the first task to be done; then, there comes the rest...
7  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Can't connect to the internet (dhcp) at a VAIO VGN AR250G Notebook + 512MB RAM on: August 17, 2013, 01:48:55 PM
Your 1st assumption is correct as is the 2nd one, CNK.

You also can assume that for our communications to take effect I'm using another distro: PL528. While working from my puppy I made a copy of this last message of yours & put it at sda2's root with the purpose of reading it while at DSL. It didn't work ok because DSL couldn't find it. I returned to puppy & moved it to sda1's root. It didn't work, neither. I the moved it to the KNOPPIX folder there but obtained the same results. I then checked the file's permissions & changed it so the whole world could read it, this time I was allowed to see it from DSL: a good lesson learned here. After issuing the command from DSL & saving its output & been working now from puppy I cannot find it nowhere: lesson forgotten? Probably.

I must redo everything again in order to insert that with my response below.


Edit:
dsl@box:~$ ifconfig eth0
ifconfig: eth0: error fetching interface information: Device not found
dsl@box:~$ ifconfig     
lo        Link encap:Local Loopback 
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:73 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:73 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:40954 (39.9 KiB)  TX bytes:40954 (39.9 KiB)

dsl@box:~$

8  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Can't connect to the internet (dhcp) at a VAIO VGN AR250G Notebook + 512MB RAM on: August 12, 2013, 06:06:28 PM
After finally been able to boot DSL 4.10 or above at this notebook, contrary to what happens at an HP with DSL 4.2? (old versioon ~2005) that boots from a pendrive & gets connected automatically, here I can't find a way to get connected even though the dsl-modem is 'connected' before starting to boot DSL (frugal).

It might be a cheatcode that's lacking at menu.lst or a misunderstanding of the panel at DSL for configuration.

I also had a problem establishing a backup for general configurations that I think I already solved but I've to reboot for been certain of that. I think that there's something to be added to the menu.lst file at the "boot" line for restoring that backup.

A little help is needed with these, thanks for your efforts with the community!
9  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: How to boot DSL using grub - frugal? on: August 12, 2013, 12:58:23 PM
Thanks very much for your support CNK!

 Now that I introduced the last changes as you mentioned above finally DSL booted up normally. I liked the desktop it shows very much, as well as the group of icons on the it. I haven't tried it fully yet & didn't make a backup, I tried it but failed to put the info it required there because I was in a hurry & had to go. Today, I'm going to try again with more calm.

I don't know if I'm going to encounter more issues in relation to DSL but if I do, do you think is better to start another thread for it/them? How should I mark this issue as SOLVED? By adding the word SOLVED to the Subject line?

Thanks again, CNK, for your great help!
10  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: How to boot DSL using grub - frugal? on: August 11, 2013, 05:55:29 PM
Thanks for the info CNK! I already made the changes to menu.lst you mentioned. Now all that's needed is to reboot & try it...

In relation to your last paragraph I'm afraid I don't understand it. I mentioned loadlin just because I've read about it & DSL is a linux OS & because it might have some other tricks for making DSL boot on my hardware. Did I understood your point correct? Not that I'm about to start that route now; still not finished with my grub trials.
11  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: How to boot DSL using grub - frugal? on: August 10, 2013, 06:55:45 PM
I found near the iso file I'm using for booting DSL that I had another DSL iso ending with initrd in its name. Its' version is 1 or 2 steps behind the one I'm trying to boot now. I put it besides the other one but I think that just been sitting there won't make any diference. Nevertheless, I can extract its' contents and substitute the present one with this, that's if you think it might help on this. What do you say?

Also, is it too diferent/dificult to boot from the iso file directly? I've read that it can be done. Do you think that's a good second choice? Maybe first choice?

Thanks for any tips on this.
12  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: How to boot DSL using grub - frugal? on: August 07, 2013, 04:33:17 PM
After having read some info at some web pages I decided to format that partition as ext2 because it was advisable for DSL. I already have there the necessary files/folders & re-configured the menu.lst file to fit these other circumstances. After booting up I ended with a "limited console only", again...

My DSL section from the grub config file is shown below:

"# 7) Linux bootable partition config begins
  title Damn Small Linux 4.4
#  frugal in sda2 dir dsl
  root (hd0,0)
#  rootnoverify (hd0,1)
  kernel /isolinux/linux24 root=/sda1/isolinux/dsl knoppix_dir=/KNOPPIX knoppix_name=KNOPPIX
#  kernel /dsl/linux24 root=/dev/sda2/dsl knoppix_dir=/dsl/KNOPPIX knoppix_name=KNOPPIX frugal sata
  initrd /isolinux/minirt24.gz
  makeactive
  boot
# Linux bootable partition config ends"


I also tried it after editing at boot time, with the following cut: /sda1 at the kernel line & at the 'root' entry with the same results.

I'm out of ideas now... Could things be different if I format the partition as FAT32? What if I just put the iso as it's right there only, because I've read somewhere that both, DSL can be booted up from the iso file as well as that grub can boot an iso image?

Apart from the above, and before doing anything as mentioned there, is there something you can see that could be tweaked at the menu.lst file?

Thanks CNK for your follow up with this!
13  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: How to boot DSL using grub - frugal? on: August 04, 2013, 03:27:02 AM
Thanks for replying CNK! Specially interesting is what you state in relation to that limited console.

I'm about to test something now so I'll edit this post later to complete it.

Edit: I decided to make some basic changes to my approach. I already shrank my Ist partition to 8 GB with the intention of putting in there DSL only (still ntfs). While reading a wiki on this they were using loadlin as a loader & a FAT32 fs & including dos there. By my part, it made me think of including at that partition, if at all advisable/possible, freedos. This last possibility restricts the possible fss that can be used there; which brings me back to what is more important to me right now: what fs is better for booting up DSL frugally? If it can hold freedos, better.
14  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: How to boot DSL using grub - frugal? on: August 03, 2013, 03:27:27 PM
Thanks CNK! I think I should re-state, this time correctly, what the message I receive after booting dsl is: "Can't find knoppix filesystem".

After the process is complete & I'm facing that limited console, am I looking/using a limited dsl OS or this's something grub gives me as 'something to work with'? I think if it's the former then grub indeed found dsl's folder, if not then I've been confused & wrong all the time...
15  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: How to boot DSL using grub - frugal? on: August 01, 2013, 05:15:59 PM
Thanks for replying, CNK & james c!

I've failed to check out that BIOS emulation thing but I'll do at next boot. I'm glad you clarify the # usage at a grub line, I wasn't sure that it was going to work but decided to try it out in the open in hope if it wasn't used correctly someone like you would state so.

Before trying the latest changes to the menu.lst file but with the expression after the '#' still present there I received the error message: cannot find knoppix... or something very much like that.

If this fail again I've thought of examine all the possibilities, one by one, until something different happens. I'm talking about of taking each grub entry line, see what might be brought in that's new, try it until I've to jump to the next line; repeating the process all over again until all the possibilities are exausted. But for now I'm glad that I've both of you to follow...
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