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1  Non-DSL Topics / water cooler / Re: Lightweight Linux distros on: July 11, 2017, 12:03:10 AM
That's a great list, particularly given you've found the minimum requirements for every distro (I know how hard that can be for some). Actually it might have been handy if you'd linked to where the hardware requirements were stated for the distros, so they could be checked as time goes on.

There are a few there that I'll be looking into. All the big screenshot images on the main page did bog down my Pentium I rather badly though. Smiley

Some Distros from my LiveCD collection that I didn't notice there:

*Milax - min. Pent. I 128MB RAM (256MB for GUI)
*CDLinux - min. Pent. Pro, 64MB RAM
*TinyMe Linux - min. Pent. 1, 64MB RAM
*Plop Linux - min. 64MB RAM - Scratch built
*ttylinux - min. Pent. Pro 128MB RAM - Designed for terminal use only (no GUI)
*Feather Linux
*You might even mention FreeDOS, given that you have some other non-Linux distros there. Along with the official live CD, there is also one spin-off distro I know of (and have been meaning to try out): Svarog386  (http://svarog386.viste.fr). The Svarog86 version  (http://svarog86.sourceforge.net/) will even run on an 8086.

The system requirements are what I've written on my CDs, and are probably out of date for many of the distros as its been years since I made most of them.

I'll probably come back and post some more later.
2  Damn Small Linux / USB booting / Re: Cannot Access Internet on: June 19, 2017, 10:21:13 PM
Looking at the results of the "ifconfig" command in a terminal, as I mentioned above, is the way to identify names of the network interfaces detected on your computer.
3  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: no sound card and no drives on: May 20, 2017, 12:43:40 AM
Here are the modules loaded on the PC I'm on in order to use the PCI WiFi card which uses an atheros chipset:
Code:
ath_pci                67484   1
ath_rate_sample         9736   0 [ath_pci]
wlan                  138904   1 [wlan_scan_sta ath_pci ath_rate_sample]
ath_hal               174608   1 [ath_pci ath_rate_sample]

The module files themselves are in "/lib/modules/2.4.31/net", and I believe they are part of the DSL 4.4.x installation. They load automatically for me.

The model of chipset is reported by lspci as:
Code:
Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5212 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)

Perhaps that will be of some help if you need to load modules manually using modprobe. I don't know enough about alsa to be much help with the sound issue unfortunately.

Also, the WiFi card is identified as "ath0" instead of "wifi0" (which is left marked as "no wireless extensions.").
4  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: no sound card and no drives on: April 25, 2017, 10:27:35 PM
That error means that the "cc" command, which should call the compiler, isn't being recognised. Did you run ./configure first? That might change the command used to "gcc" which is more usual. If it still insists on using the "cc" command, you could make a symlink called "cc" in /usr/bin, linking to gcc.
5  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: no sound card and no drives on: April 05, 2017, 10:45:21 PM
I don't think I've had to set up ALSA manually before, but these instructions (http://www.alsa-project.org/main/index.php/Matrix:Module-ens1371#Setting_up_modprobe_and_kmod_support) describe manually configuring the drivers. It seems that simply using insmod isn't enough. /etc/modules.conf will probably already contain some lines generated by the ALSA autoconfigure program which you should replace.

If that boot error is "block-major-2", that always appears when you don't have a floppy drive in your system.
6  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: no sound card and no drives on: April 01, 2017, 11:46:53 PM
I'm not sure why the PCI device list is getting confused, but have you tried running the ALSA configuration script at "/opt/alsa/alsasetup"?

As for the problem with reading partitions, the specs pages I've found online don't say what type of Hard Disk the G7000 has. If the Hard Disk is SATA, you'll have to use the "sata" boot option with DSL. Failing that, I would recommend rewriting the partition table as "msdos", then creating your partitons again. I usually do this with the program "parted" using the command "mklabel msdos", but any partitioning program should do.
7  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".
8  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).
9  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.
10  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.
11  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.
12  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.
13  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.
14  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.

15  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.
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