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1  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.
2  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.
3  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.
4  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.
5  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.
6  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.
7  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.
8  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.
9  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. 2.6.20.6 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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10  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.
11  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Old Windows System, DSL, and a Printer on: December 05, 2017, 09:51:19 PM
Hello,

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.
12  Damn Small Linux / DSL Tips and Tricks / Re: New to DSL need guidance on: November 30, 2017, 08:54:53 PM
I haven't tried it, but DSLcore (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/dslcore/) may be what you're looking for. I believe it was the early steps towards what became the separate TinyCore Linux (http://www.tinycorelinux.net) project.

The MyDSL Extensions are also on the DSL download sites (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/mydsl/). There is also a respository browser program in DSL, though I don't know if it's included with DSLcore. Extensions can be loaded from the command line with the "mydsl-load" command.

You can also install packages made for for Debian Woody. Though if you want newer software, you'll have to compile it yourself. The compile.uci extension is a good start to setting up a compiling enviroment in DSL. Check that any software that you try to compile is compatible with the V. 2.4.x kernel used in DSL.
13  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Tried DSL's USB Boot guidelines, Rufus in DD, multibootusb, LILI. To no avail! on: November 13, 2017, 03:52:12 AM
The Grub bootloader itself should be installed to the boot partition on the HDD that the BIOS is set to boot from, it sounds like this is the one where you have Windows installed. It overwrites the Windows bootloader, which is why you need to include a command to start Windows in menu.lst (there should be plenty of guides regarding setting up Grub online, the Grub used with DSL is now called "Grub Legacy"). After starting up from the boot partition, Grub loads it's other files from whatever partition was specified when it was installed, which in this case should be the one with the rest of the DSL OS files in it.
14  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Tried DSL's USB Boot guidelines, Rufus in DD, multibootusb, LILI. To no avail! on: November 12, 2017, 11:03:28 PM
To install to an internal partition, follow the instructions for installing to USB  (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/install_to_usb_from_within_linux.html#Method_III:_Using_GRUB_as_boot_loader), but using the partition on your target HDD instead of a USB drive.

You'll need to add an option for booting Windows to the menu.lst example, and also add the "sata" boot command to the "kernel" line of the DSL entry if you're using a SATA HDD. Change the "root=/dev/sda1" bit of the kernel line to match the partition you use as well.

If the partition is formatted as NTFS, you'll have to copy the files off it, reformat it to ext2 or ext3 for DSL, then copy them back.
15  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Tried DSL's USB Boot guidelines, Rufus in DD, multibootusb, LILI. To no avai on: November 12, 2017, 09:58:09 PM
That's typical of DSL not supporting the USB chipset used in your motherboard. It's a compatibility problem with your hardware, most likely because your hardware was made some years after the linux kernel that DSL is built upon was released.

If your external CD/DVD drive is USB, then it may suffer the same fate. Remaining options would be to use network booting, or to copy DSL to an internal hard disk partition and boot from it manually using Grub. Even then, you wouldn't be able to access USB devices within DSL.

DSL-N is based on a later kernel version than the main DSL and may have support for your USB chipset, so you could also try that.
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