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1  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Green display on Thinkpad 600e on: January 29, 2017, 10:02:37 PM
I'm posting from a 120MHz Pentium I desktop, so I think we'll leave the sanity judgements out of the equation. Smiley

Strange graphics glitches are a common problem with laptops due to their unstandardised video modes. The "vga=" and framebuffer (eg. "fb800x600") boot commands (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/cheat_codes.html) should, perhaps after some trial and error, provide a working configuration.

If you want to install DSL to the computer's HDD, the working graphics command can be added to the /boot/grub/menu.lst file, on the lines beginning with "kernel".
2  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: USB stick issue on: December 26, 2016, 08:58:39 PM
OK, sorry, it looks like the USB drive still isn't being detected.

Put the USB stick in before turning on the computer. After it boots up, try "lsusb -v" again. If nothing's there, there may still be a driver/hardware problem.

If the USB stick is identified there, try "fdisk -l" again. If it returns the same thing as before then there may be some issue with hotplug (the USB control software), if you did a "Hard Disk" installation (as opposed to a "frugal" installation) try booting from the CD and see whether USB works then. If so, a reinstall may be the simplest solution.

You might also check whether there are any USB related errors listed in dmesg (enter command "dmesg | less" or "dmesg | grep usb" in a terminal).
3  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: USB stick issue on: December 25, 2016, 09:33:57 PM
Hmm, unless there's a mistake in your mount command this seems to mean that DSL can't read the file system on the USB drive.

Check that the USB drive isn't formatted in exFAT, NTFS, or anything other than FAT32, FAT16, or a Linux file system. In DSL you can use "sudo fdisk -l" to list the partition structure of all the drives. If "HPFS/NTFS" is shown in the "system" section of the listing for the USB drive, it will probably need to be reformatted for use with DSL.

You might want to post the result of "sudo fdisk -l" here.
4  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: USB stick issue on: December 24, 2016, 10:24:41 PM
If nothing appears in lsusb, that means the USB drivers are not working or haven't loaded.

try "lspci" (or look in the "pci" tab of the "system stats" tool) and see whether any USB controllers are shown. If so, there must be a driver problem and you should check online to see if the USB controller model reported on the lspci listing has any known workarounds or additional drivers for Linux.

If no USB controller is shown, check that the USB controller hasn't been accidentally disabled in the BIOS settings. Failing that, it would appear that either the USB controller has failed somehow since you last tested it, or there is a bug in the Linux kernel affecting your motherboard.
5  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Display issue when installing DSL on: December 24, 2016, 10:12:34 PM
Yes, put the boot commands you used after "dsl" before, at the end of the command line for that menu option in "/boot/grub/menu.lst". Also remove the "vga=788" command from that line (in my menu.lst it's vga=791 for fb1024x768, but no matter).

With this done, the line should look like:
'kernel /boot/linux24 root=/dev/hda2 quiet noacpi noapm nodma noscsi frugal xmodule=fbdev fb1024x768 lowram'

Some of the other options could probably be played with as well to increase performance and features, but I'll leave you to play around with that with reference to the wiki page  (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/cheat_codes.html), if desired.
6  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: USB stick issue on: December 23, 2016, 08:58:42 PM
"sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/usbflash" should be enough, the error indicates that the USB drive is not being detected, or perhaps is being assigned to another device ID due to the (mis)detection of some other unreadable drive as sda1.

Perhaps you've already tried mounting outher /dev/sd(x)1 in other locations. If the USB drive is being detected at all, it should show up in the list of use devices presented when you execute the command "lsusb -v". If not, you may have a USB driver problem.

Also note that DSL usually tries to automatically add fstab entries linking /dev/sd(xx) entries to /mnt/sd(xx), such that "mount /dev/sda1" would by default mount it at /mnt/sda1. Your more complete command should work regardless of this though.
7  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Display issue when installing DSL on: December 23, 2016, 08:39:16 PM
Try entering the "fb1024x768" command (on its own, without "dsl" first) at the boot command prompt and see if that works. If you still need to use the "lowram" command, do it like this: "dsl xmodule=fbdev fb1024x768 lowram". Fo details see the wiki page on boot time commands  (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/cheat_codes.html).

If it still doesn't work, you can try the instructions gor setting specific vga modes and detecting non-standard ones, also on the wiki  (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/vga_xxx.html).
EDIT: Looking into the details of the laptop model in general, it does seem quite possible that it would use non-standard vga modes in order to accomodate the unusually large display.
8  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: VESA 1600x1200 Dell Inspiron 8100 Error on: November 29, 2016, 09:25:45 PM
The 1600x1200 resolution is noted on this page though (http://www.faqs.org/docs/Linux-HOWTO/Framebuffer-HOWTO.html#ss5.3).

perhaps check that the values you entered line up with those there (converted to decimal).

There is the option of using specific video grivers instead of the frame buffer in DSL, but I don't think the drivers for your video chipset are available. Might be worth looking into, I don't have the time to double check.

9  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Modifying KNOPPIX in the ISO on: November 29, 2016, 09:12:09 PM
These remastering guides are a bit old, but might still work:
http://schooner.uwaterloo.ca/twiki/bin/view/Linux/RemasteringGuide
http://damnsmalllinux.org/static/act-ST/f-12/t-7177.html

However it seems you should be able to set DSL to restore your modified /etc/pcmcia/config.opts file  (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/persistence.html) automatically on each boot. Then, if cardmgr is already started by the time the configuration file is replaced, put "killall -HUP cardmgr" in the /opt/bootlocal.sh file to restart it.

EDIT: I forgot about the fact the laptop actually hangs when the wrong PCMCIA command is sent. Perhaps try using the "nopcmcia" boot command and start cardmgr manually in /opt/bootlocal.sh after the right config files have loaded.
10  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: VESA 1600x1200 Dell Inspiron 8100 Error on: November 20, 2016, 09:17:10 PM
If none of the graphics mode commands are working from the boot command line, you likely have a laptop that requires a non-standard video mode, see this wiki page (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/vga_xxx.html) with a short guide on how to (hopefully) determine the video mode required.
11  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Help : Installing DSL (looking for SHA256/MD5) on: November 08, 2016, 09:05:47 PM
http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/current/dsl-4.4.10.iso.md5.txt

4.4.10 is the latest stable release, the latest release candidate is 4.4.11.rc2 (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/release_candidate/), it seems to work well enough.

12  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Re: DSL revival? on: November 02, 2016, 10:05:33 PM
Nice suggestions, I've long held a wish to update the libraries in DSL to support specific software. Perhaps released initially as a combined My-DSL package (or something similar) of base libraries, and added to as more applications are updated. Eventually the libraries and updated applications could be integrated into an independent release as a DSL spin-off (DSL-Update was my idea for a name).

This is an idea designed to accomodate my lack of time to really work on compiling the software (and the fact that I'm not very good at it - I usually spend an afternoon dependency chasing just to discover in the end that a dependency's dependency needs a 2.6 kernel (a fact often buried in a changelog somewhere) and there's no earlier version that's compatible). As it is, even with this incremental approach I haven't managed to get anywhere yet - even my last attempt to compile a DSL extension failed when the software's configure script revealed that it needed the C++ Boost extensions, but didn't say which part (I ran out of time trying to work it out - compiling all of it crashed the system).

The key thing from personal experience, and posts at this forum, is the internet. Internet related applications such as web browsers and document (mainly PDF) viewers have to be upgraded for the distro to be truely usable in the modern era. Thank's for noting Netrider and Fifth, I wasn't aware of either and they offer an attractive alternative to Firefox (though in theory I believe modern versions of Firefox may be able to run in a DSL system with the required updated libraries (including GTK), Chromium won't run on Linux 2.4). Development stopped quite early on Dplus so I'm not sure whether there's much improvement over Dillo.
13  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: libreoffice base? on: September 05, 2016, 10:15:58 PM
Unfortunately the system requirements page (https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/system-requirements/#Linux) specifies that it requires Linux kernel 2.6.18 or higher. DSL uses the 2.4.31 kernel, and I believe DSL-N uses 2.6.11. This means that you probably won't be able to get the latest LibreOffice to compile on any version of DSL (unless you upgrade the kernel, which is a major project).

Apache OpenOffice 4.1 requires kernel 2.6 (http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/source/sys_reqs.html), so won't work with DSL but should with DSL-N. Version 3.3 is the last that will work with the 2.4.31 kernel in DSL (you will need to use 3.2 though if you don't want to compile glibc yourself, as 3.3 isn't compatible with the glibc libraries in the MyDSL respository (eg. compile.uci)).

I'll leave you to find out which, if any, past versions of LibreOffice are compatible with DSL. I vaguely remember checking myself using the release notes and finding that none supported the 2.4 kernel, but I may be mistaken.
14  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: libstdc++.6.so on: September 01, 2016, 10:43:54 PM
DSL comes with libstdc++5. You may be able to get this package (https://archive.debian.net/sarge/libstdc++6-dev) to install, even though it is for a later version of Debian than the one DSL is based on, by manually installing other dependencies.

It may be easier to compile libstdc++6, which part of the GCC compiler (http://gcc.gnu.org/gcc-6/), from the source code.

Remember to also check the other dependencies that the program you are trying to run requires. It is possible that it may require a later Linux kernel than the 2.4.31 version used by DSL, and this will make it incompatible. If so, you may want to check past versions of the program before moving on to other alternatives.

EDIT: Sorry, as for apt-get (even though it won't help you anyway, because there are no libstdc++6 packages for Debian Woody), you can download the dsl-dpkg.dsl MyDSL extension to enable it from the "System" section of the MyDSL respository (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/mydsl/).
15  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Change user name at boot on: August 11, 2016, 10:52:11 PM
I'm not sure how you would change the default User Name "DSL" which is started at boot to something else (though you can of course change the password associated with it using the passwd command). There will be a way, but I'm not sure of it.

However if you are happy for the system to change from user DSL to user jcdq during the boot process, you can put an "su jcdq" command at the end of /opt/bootlocal.sh. In theory it will then pause the boot process and ask you for a password, then resume as normal. If it doesn't resume as normal, you will have to look at where in the OS configuration files X is started.

If, as is usual, your home directory as user jcdq is different to /home/dsl, you will need to copy equivalent configuration files to you jcdq home directory, eg. .xinitrc, .jwmrc ...
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