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136  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Re: DSL 4.11.RC2 runs... on: September 26, 2013, 11:54:33 PM
Yes I often (and perhaps unfairly) judge a Linux distro that claims to be built for old computers by whether it works with a serial mouse on startup, DSL is one of the very few ones that does (which can be quite annoying, especially on PCs like the Pentium I I'm using now that doesn't have any other options).
137  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: chipset issues on: September 26, 2013, 11:47:31 PM
If we're talking about RAM size, CPU features, partition sizes etc. then its more a matter of what the Linux 2.4 kernel supports than DSL specifically. From memory I think the maximum RAM is some ridiculously large ammount, and the ext3 file system could be so large it wouldn't matter in most circumstances. I don't know about all the different CPU features. I'm pretty sure multiple cores are supported (at least I know multiple CPUs are), how many I couldn't say. There's no 64bit DSL that I've seen.
138  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Startup Applications on: September 23, 2013, 11:35:06 AM
I haven't used VMware so I'm afraid I can't help you set up a drive.

The first paragraph under the title "Backup and Restore" on the Wiki page describes that process as well as I could here.
139  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Startup Applications on: September 22, 2013, 08:15:56 AM
Unless you have a HDD install, your problem is probably that you don't have the backup and restore systems set up.

The DSL Wiki has a page (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/persistence.html) on how to set this up.
140  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: How to get more than 16 colors in X? on: September 10, 2013, 12:38:26 PM
I just tried commenting out the one line in the file ".jwm.inc" in "/home/dsl" and it stops the wallpaper loading.

The kernel used in DSL might be different to other distros along with X components, so I think a bug could still be surfacing here. If you can use DSL-N, it might be worth trying that.

Perhaps you could also see something in the Linux logs (in /var/log).
141  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: How to get more than 16 colors in X? on: August 29, 2013, 01:06:42 PM
Going slowly though your video, I see now what you mean by the colours "fading into blotchiness". Perhaps it is some driver bug where colour data is getting messed up. Perhaps try disabling the background image in case the image display software is causing a problem. Or maybe try changing to fluxbox as the window manager.

Pure guess work of course, but perhaps worth a try?

Of course it could be a bug in the graphics driver itself.

Oh, and thanks for that webpage, its gone straight to my bookmarks.
142  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: How to get more than 16 colors in X? on: August 28, 2013, 09:16:30 AM
The man page (http://www.xfree86.org/4.3.0/XFree86.1.html) says it sets the balance between the RGB colours. This seems like it might be the anwser, however it also says the setting only applies to bpp 16 drivers, so it shouldn't do anything. Perhaps this is the reason it is set to a non-default value.
143  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: How to get more than 16 colors in X? on: August 23, 2013, 10:21:45 PM
Perhaps you could try starting X with the command "startx -- -depth 8" in case it is for some reason using four bit colour by default. If that works you should be able to permanently change the settings in your xf86config file. See the man pages for details.
144  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Don't start x at startup? on: August 20, 2013, 06:33:22 AM
I haven't used LILO, so I don't know much about it. However couldn't you simply boot to a DSL CD and change the settings back with that?

Anyhow, perhaps you can comment out the line in "/home/dsl/.xserverrc" to stop X loading on startup. That might break the "startx" command though, so you might need to specify all the options to start X on the comand line (or make your own script), look at the startx man page (http://www.xfree86.org/4.2.0/startx.1.html). I don't know if that will work, but there are probably more elegant ways if you look into the scripts of DSL.
145  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: How to get more than 16 colors in X? on: August 19, 2013, 09:32:34 AM
Have you tried setting the Xserver to Xfbdev with the X Setup utility (boot with the "xsetup" command)?
146  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Can't connect to the internet (dhcp) at a VAIO VGN AR250G Notebook + 512MB RAM on: August 19, 2013, 09:21:26 AM
Well that listing makes things look pretty bleak. Seems neither your wireless nor your wired ethernet is detected by DSL automatically. This is likely the result of your newer model laptop not being supported by the earlier Linux kernel used by DSL for its small size and better support of older hardware.

You can look at a listing of devices by opening the utility found in the DSL menu as "System>System Stats", then clicking on the "pci" tab. Some names should start with "Ethernet Controller", one of these should be your Wifi card. Search for the brand and model number of your wireless card, then look up the net for info on the Linux driver software and make sure there is a version that supports the 2.4.31 kernel. If the driver isn't in DSL, then you need to find the module/s (with the ".o" extension) compiled for the 2.4 kernel (preferably 2.4.31). With these in some accessible location for DSL, put an entry in /opt/bootlocal.sh to load the module/s with the "modprobe" command ("modprobe -f" if using a module compiled for a 2.4 kernel other then 2.4.31). If you can't find a module compiled for the 2.4 kernel (quite likely), you will need to compile the module yourself, this wiki page has a helpful guide to compiling under DSL (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/creating_a_compressed_extension_from_source.html). With te module compiled, you may load it with "modprobe".
147  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Don't start x at startup? on: August 19, 2013, 06:02:06 AM
If you installed with the DSL HDD-Install script and GRUB, then you should have the option on startup to boot in "runlevel 2" which doesn't start X. If you set up the bootloader yourself, just create another listing of DSL with "2" at the end of the "kernel" line. Note that you won't be able to run X properly in runlevel 2 using the "startx" command.

There is more info about boot cheatcodes on the Wiki (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/cheat_codes.html).
148  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: looking for a solution: installalling DSL persistently on simple computer on: August 17, 2013, 01:18:22 AM
So you want the files and settings you save to remain after you shut down?

If so, then this page should be helpful (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/persistence.html).
149  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Disable overlay application in X on: August 17, 2013, 01:01:37 AM
If you're talking about the system monitor at the top right of the desktop, it is called "torsmo". To disable it, put a hash at the start of the line beginning with "torsmo" (bellow the entry that automatically starts the help page in Dillo) in the file "/home/dsl/.xinitrc".
150  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: How to save iwconfig (network) settings? on: August 17, 2013, 12:52:21 AM
From the man Page (http://linux.die.net/man/8/iwconfig):


Some cards may not apply changes done through Wireless Extensions immediately (they may wait to aggregate the changes or apply it only when the card is brought up via ifconfig). This command (when available) forces the card to apply all pending changes.
This is normally not needed, because the card will eventually apply the changes, but can be useful for debugging.

I'd try starting the wifi without the "commit" command and if it still works, leave it out of the bootlocal.sh command. The "essid" and "key" commands are often all you need to connect with iwconfig (followed by "pump", of course).
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