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136  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: How to save iwconfig (network) settings? on: August 16, 2013, 08:09:55 AM
You can put all the commands in the file "/opt/bootlocal.sh". Open a root terminal and use nano or another text editor to insert your commands.

Also, all the iwconfig commands (well at least the first two, I don't know what lead to you using the "commit" command) can be placed in the one line. eg. "iwconfig eth0 essid NETGEAR-2.4-G key myhexkeyhere".
137  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Can't connect to the internet (dhcp) at a VAIO VGN AR250G Notebook + 512MB RAM on: August 13, 2013, 09:44:49 AM
So you're using the window accessed from the DSL menu under "Setup>Net Setup>netcardconf"? I'm also assuming that you are connecting with ethernet even though you said "modem". DHCP isn't relevent to a dial-up connection with a modem.

In that case, if it isn't working with the dhcp box checked, then try opening a terminal window and typing "ifconfig eth0". If this responds with something along the lines of "interface not found", try "ifconfig" on its own and look at the different interface names along the left. "lo" can be ignored, if the computer has wireless support, then that interface may be listed as well (if it is eth0 then that may be the problem), but one entry should be the ethernet interface (if your wireless interface is eth0, then it will probably be eth1).
138  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: How to boot DSL using grub - frugal? on: August 13, 2013, 09:26:30 AM
Of course I'm no authority on the matter, but I certainly feel that it would be helpful to post new questions as separate topics. This makes them easier for others to find (both now and in the future), while also keeping the topics relevent to the sub-forum they are in.

As for adding "SOLVED" to the topic name, I personally wouldn't, it would be obvious that the problem is solved by simply looking at the end of the discussion. It really comes down to personal preference though, I can't imagine anyone complaining either way.

I haven't really done much with backup and restore (I usually run HDD Installations), but you should be able to set the backup location with the tool in the DSL menu under "System>Backup/Restore". You may need to add "restore=sda1" to the end of the "kernel" line in the menu.lst entry. More info can be found on the Wiki page. (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/persistence.html)
139  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: How to boot DSL using grub - frugal? on: August 12, 2013, 06:35:17 AM
I thought you meant that you were going to install FreeDOS and use that to boot DSL using LoadLin. That would work better if you really want DSL on the same partition as everything else. However if that isn't especially important, then go ahead and install DSL in its own partition (sda1), as I said before it makes things a lot simpler.
140  DSL Not / DSL-N / Re: USB on: August 11, 2013, 10:37:58 AM
One way is to navigate to the /mnt directory with the file manager (emelfm), then right click on the ID of your USB drive and select the "mount" option.

There is another mount utility you can use, but as I am not running DSL-N at the moment, I can't describe how it works.
141  Damn Small Linux / DSL Ideas and Suggestions / Re: How about family history programs, like gramps, personal ancestral file, bro on: August 11, 2013, 01:11:38 AM
"Lifelines", a text based geneology program for Linux and "dosbox", a DOS emulator are both in the "applications" section of the MyDSL package respository (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/mydsl/apps/). Both are very old versions though.

You can grab them from the above link and install them with the "mydsl-install" command, or use the MyDSL Browser in DSL (In the DSL menu under MyDSL>MyDSL Browser).
142  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: DSL from router PXE - laptop is hanging for half a minute from time to time on: August 11, 2013, 01:00:32 AM
You could try DSL-N which uses the 2.6 kernel and hence has better support for more modern hardware.
143  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: How to boot DSL using grub - frugal? on: August 11, 2013, 12:50:39 AM
So you're installing DSL in its own partition now? No more trying to make it live in harmony on the same partition as Puppy in a directory named "dsl"? Well in that case your task should be a lot easier.

Move everything from your "dsl" folder to the root directory of the sda1 partition, you might want to put "linux24" and "minirt24.gz" into a folder named "boot" so you can follow the norm. Make sure the the KNOPPIX folder is in the root directory with the KNOPPIX file inside it.

Now if your DSL partition is at sda1 and you have put the "linux24" and "minirt24.gz" files in the "/boot" directory, then the following menu.lst entry should boot DSL:
title Damn Small Linux frugal in sda1
  root (hd0,0)
  kernel /boot/linux24 root=/dev/sda1 frugal sata
  initrd /boot/minirt24.gz

If you want to boot the iso then perhaps the "fromhd" boot command might work, but it is probably only for booting from a CD (then loading an image from the HDD).

For the record, ext3 is backwards compatible with ext2, so even if DSL didn't support ext3 (which I believe it does), it should still work fine running it as an ext2 partition without need to reformat. FAT32 is definately not preferred for booting DSL and I don't know if it works at all (I may assume not).

What was wrong with booting using LoadLin, if you still want to run in the "dsl" directory on sda2?
144  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: looking for a solution: installalling DSL persistently on simple computer on: August 07, 2013, 07:05:49 AM
You need a bootloader for the launching of every Operating system, including DOS, Windows and Linux. It is what bridges the gap between the BIOS and the Operating System on startup. It doesn't matter what type of drive your OS is on, you always need a bootloader on a PC.

As for the error, GRUB itself has a boot process and it seems to be failing before it's fully loaded. If the contents of the directory "/boot/grub" on the partition is readable, then there might be a hardware compatibility issue. It might be the computer hardware itself, but you could also try another memory stick.

You could also install GRUB on the CF card (you will need a Linux formatted partition with the "/boot" folder on it) using the command line, then modify the file "/boot/grub/menu.lst" on the CF card to tell GRUB to boot Linux from the USB (hoping that the problem that stopped GRUB loading doesn't also stop DSL). I'll admit it is getting a bit complicated at that point, but definitely doable.
145  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: DSL on a ThinkPad A20m, how to add USB support and suspend/resume? on: August 07, 2013, 06:37:40 AM
Sometimes it helps to turn off an option in many BIOSs called something similar to "USB Legacy Support". If you search for support of your USB controller in the 2.4 kernel (based on the "lspci" listing), you can at least know if your USB is supposed to be working.
146  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: How to boot DSL using grub - frugal? on: August 06, 2013, 10:16:25 AM
Yep, FreeDOS with FAT32 should work and I think almost certainly in a sub-directory (have done such a thing myself with another Linux distro). Might be a good way to go.
147  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: looking for a solution: installalling DSL persistently on simple computer on: August 06, 2013, 10:06:05 AM
"j" will probably be a LILO error code, you'll have to look at the LILO documentation to work out what error it is. You could always try GRUB, it is more commonly used with DSL. You should be able to do this from the command line as well as by re-running the script.

In fact the script I originally referred to is at the link in the DSL menu under "Apps>Tools" with the name "USB-HDD Pendrive Install", this may do a HDD-Install to the USB stick. Again I can't help you much further than this bacause I haven't done a USB install myself.
148  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: how3 boot to cli, then continue to x on: August 05, 2013, 06:40:30 AM
You can use the boot code "2" as described in the relvant page on the wiki (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/cheat_codes.html).

Yes "startx" will run the GUI.

What model Android device are you using? It would be interesting to know how you get on.
149  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: DSL on a ThinkPad A20m, how to add USB support and suspend/resume? on: August 05, 2013, 06:35:16 AM
I don't know of any way to use suspend or resume with the DSL GUI. This page (http://acpi.sourceforge.net/documentation/sleep.html) describes commands to trigger different sleep options (note that DSL uses the 2.4 kernel, so options "s3" and "s4" won't work). I haven't tried the commands myself, but I think I'll give them a go on my ThinkPad R31 tonight. If "s1" works for you, then you could make a one line script with the command and place a link to it on the desktop.

Actually, this page (http://dag.wieers.com/howto/thinkpad/a20m/) indicates that ACPI suspend can be triggered with the "fn-F4" keyboard combination. That doesn't work on my ThinkPad though.

As for USB, the above page indicates that it works, and they used the 2.4 kernel. Thinkwiki usually has some good information and there is a page on the A20m (http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:A20m), but it doesn't have the USB chipset anywhere. To find this out, open "System>System Specs" in the DSL menu and click on the "pci" tab, then read off the text after "USB Controller:". You can also use the command "lspci" in the terminal. With that info, you can look up what Linux support there is for it in the 2.4 kernel.

Also, what are you using to test the USB? Some USB devices aren't supported by DSL.
150  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: How to boot DSL using grub - frugal? on: August 04, 2013, 02:21:12 AM
That minimal console is the kernel on its own. Most of what makes Linux is additional software that is loaded by the kernel and your kernel can't find its files to load, so all it can give you is the basic system of built-in tools used for initial loading.

In relation to the bootloader, this means that GRUB has loaded the kernel and killed itself (that's a good thing, I coudn't think of another way to put it). The problem is that the commands passed to the kernel by GRUB (reading from the "kernel" line in menu.lst, hence why I've been talking about it so much) are not being properly understood or executed thereafter. In other words the kernel can't find its files (which are in "/dsl") based on the instructions you are giving it in the "kernel" line of menu.lst.

I can think of three potential causes for this in your case:
1. Your commands in the "kernel" line are incorrect.
2. The DSL kernel can't load its files from inside a sub-directory on a partition (your "/dsl" folder).
3. The kernel can't read data on the sda2 partition (eg. due to hardware incompatibility, data corruption or use of an unsupported file system).

Unless we are both missing something major and specific to your circumstance, then the kernel lines suggested by the Wiki, "james c" and myself should be correct, which makes no. 1 less likely.

If you can boot DSL from a CD etc. (with the "sata" boot code) and read the "/dsl" folder of the sda2 partition, then it is less likely that cause no. 3 is the problem. However it could perhaps be a problem that occours only at the early boot process.

Therefore I'm afraid that cause no. 2 seems rather likely. It would be worth doing some in-depth searching with Google for people who have tried booting the 2.4 kernel in a sub-directory of a partition, in case it was a known problem that was fixed in later kernels (such as the one used by Puppy).
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