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1  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Setting up DSL Wireless PCMCIA? on: May 23, 2018, 11:06:24 PM
If the GUI in the DSL menu under "Setup>Net Setup>iwconfig" doesn't work, you can do it from the command line as follows:

From a root terminal (or with "sudo"), use "iwconfig ath0 essid [essid] key [key]" with the corresponding values replacing the bracketed parts. See the man page  (http://man.he.net/man8/iwconfig) for more detail.

Then enter the command "pump -i ath0" to start dhcp. You can run "ping www.google.com" to test the connection.
2  MyDSL Extensions / System / Re: Current version: 4.4.10? on: May 23, 2018, 10:56:29 PM
The old kernel version is used in order to retain support for older hardware, because many drivers have been dropped from later kernel versions. It may also help keep the total size down to the 50MB target. Updates have aimed to keep the user level software as recent as possible while retaining the advantage in size and compatibility.

DSL-N was made without these restrictions, and used the 2.6 kernel. I would imagine that a new version of DSL-N would be based on one of the current kernel versions.
3  MyDSL Extensions / Games / Re: NEW game on: May 13, 2018, 10:38:38 PM
DOSbox is already available from the MyDSL respository.
4  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Re: DSL revival? on: May 12, 2018, 10:52:00 PM
Just the official mirrors (http://damnsmalllinux.org/download.html).

Unfortunately I for one am not likely to find the time to work on my DSL-Update idea any time soon.
5  Non-DSL Topics / water cooler / Yay, we're back! on: March 30, 2018, 10:42:49 PM
I was starting to worry that John had thrown in the towel entirely after the recent prolonged site outage. Good to see he's still up there watching, albeit only occasionally.
6  Damn Small Linux / USB booting / Re: making a bootable DSL usb pen drive. on: February 06, 2018, 09:39:30 PM
I don't believe there is a disc image available suitable for "dd" copying straight to a drive.

What error caused method II and III to fail booting? If the startup display said something to the effect of "unable to find the KNOPPIX filesystem", the problem may be that there is a compatibility issue with the USB chipset in the computer you're testing with.
7  Damn Small Linux / USB booting / Re: making a bootable DSL usb pen drive. on: February 05, 2018, 09:42:08 PM
First stop would be the wiki  (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/installing_to_a_usb_flash_drive.html). Method II  (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/install_to_usb_from_within_linux.html#Method_II:_Current_ISO_.2B_Syslinux) might be the simplest for you. EDIT: or method I. Also, you don't really need to go through all the reformatting/repartitioning stuff if you already have a suitably partitioned/formatted drive without anything on the target partition.
8  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Disk Write Error - Browser Crashes/Steam stops downloading on: January 28, 2018, 10:04:26 PM
It could just be that something went wrong during the partitioning/reformatting. To check the health of the HDD, find a program to read the SMART data, that will show counts of errors due to hardware issues.

P.S. Given that this isn't DSL related, it would have been better posted in the "Water Cooler" section.
9  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Please install HDD instructions from one device to another. on: December 23, 2017, 09:07:47 PM
Yes that should work with DSL. The only thing to consider is changing the boot settings (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/cheat_codes.html) on the "kernel" line in /boot/grub/menu.lst if the destination hardware requires some particular boot commands. Besides that, just install and swap over the HDD. Job done.

Another option would be to boot DSL from USB and install from that (assuming the computer has USB).

EDIT: Also best run xsetup when you first boot on the destination computer. eg. by typing "e" at the grub boot screen and editing the kernel line to add the "xsetup" boot command.
10  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Trouble installing gddrescue on DSL 4.4.10 on: December 22, 2017, 09:20:56 PM
I think you'd simply have to get lucky for that guide to work. The latest "Stable" debian release is so far ahead of Debian Woody now that I doubt much of the software, compiled as it is for a much later Linux kernel, would be able to run on DSL.

You could try packages made for older Debian versions than the current stable release, these used to be easier to find when the web interface to the Debian package archive  (http://archive.debian.net/) was up. I think you'd be better off just compiling it from source though. Software with just a command-line interface often compiles without too many dependancy issues on DSL, it's the GUI software where things tend to get difficult/impossible. It's been quite a while since I even bothered with the Debian packages.
11  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Trouble installing gddrescue on DSL 4.4.10 on: December 20, 2017, 09:13:23 PM
If you can't get the debian woody package to work, I suggest compiling from the source code. This will provide a much more current version of the software anyway. See the guide to creating .tar.gz MyDSL extensions on the DSL Wiki for a guide to compiling in DSL.
12  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Ancient Dell E1705 on: December 20, 2017, 08:53:15 PM
DSL isn't fully Debian compatible to the extent that it can be completely upgraded using apt-get. Because the kernel upgrade would be to a new major release, it would break software that was specifically compiled for DSL and the 2.4.x kernel. I think there were some threads about this in the old forums.
13  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Ancient Dell E1705 on: December 19, 2017, 09:34:12 PM
The b43 drivers for linux support your wifi chipset, but they were only made for the Linux V. 2.6 kernel  (http://web.archive.org/web/20100824011022/http://bcm43xx.berlios.de:80/?go=devices). DSL-N Uses a V. 2.6 kernel, though I don't know whether it is above the V. minimum or not.

Web searches bring up reference to an official kernel V. 2.4 linux driver released by broadcom as a binary. I'll leave you to find where that can be downloaded, assuming it's still around somewhere.

There's also the "ndiswrapper" approach, which is something I've thankfully never had to resort to myself.

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14  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Ancient Dell E1705 on: December 17, 2017, 09:52:38 PM
Does the wireless adapter show when you type the "iwconfig" command in a terminal window? What does it say about it in the output of the "lspci" command, or in the "PCI" tab of the "SYSTEM > System Stats" application?

You might want to check how you cope with the web browsers available in DSL before commiting. Firefox V. 2 has become very hard to use with many sites due to the "aging" of its HTTPS support, which coincides with the recent huge uptake of forced HTTPS on websites. I've long been meaning to look into compiling a recent Firefox ESR release for DSL, which I think might be just about possible, but I've got nowhere near the time lately.
15  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Old Windows System, DSL, and a Printer on: December 05, 2017, 09:51:19 PM

I just checked and there are no printer drivers for your printer included with DSL. However there is support included with the HPLIP library  (http://web.archive.org/web/20081015065410/http://hplipopensource.com:80/hplip-web/models/deskjet/deskjet_d4200_series.html) which is available in the MyDSL respository (in the "testing" section). You'll have to do some research on the DSL Wiki to learn how to set that up.

That said, I don't know whether the QEMU environment that DSL runs on within Windows is set up to support passing through USB devices. In any case it will be another matter to confuse the set-up process.

Overall I wouldn't recommend running "DSL Embedded" just for this printer. It still wouldn't allow you to print from Windows applications, so you'd have to save everything you wanted to print, then start up DSL in the virtual machine and open it in there for printing. At the end of the day, running a printer from 2007 on Windows 98 just isn't guaranteed, and in this case I think you'd be far better off finding another printer.

If you don't want to use a very old printer, one option to look at is Postscript printers. These can all communicate over a standard protocol, so you should be able to set up Windows with a generic driver that will work (you can certainly set up DSL that way). The trouble is that postscript printers are generally all "high-end" laser printers, but businesses often need to clear out old printers so there are often some very cheap, or even free, postscript printers floating around Ebay and classifieds websites. Most will have a small screen and keypad on them, so you can perform the "maintenance" operations without any special administration software on the PC.
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