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46  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Can't install on cr-48 on: June 19, 2016, 11:07:57 PM
It seems there's some incompatibility with the HDD or the laptops HDD controller.

Presumably "fdisk -l /dev/sda" (run as Super User), which should list existing partitions, also produces errors. Try downloading "Parted" from the MyDSL respository and attempting to read the HDD partitions using that, if it works then you might have to manually partition the drive using Parted, then install onto that.
47  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Install lubuntu on: May 31, 2016, 11:16:20 PM
I don't know anything about lubuntu, but one common option when an OS can't be installed from a physical medium is to use network booting. This will require the BIOS support, a second computer, and a bit of fiddling around.

There's a version of DSL designed for network booting, but you'll have to check what's available for lubuntu.
48  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: How to uninstall DSL or its boot loader? on: May 20, 2016, 11:03:41 PM
If you want to reinstall, you should simply be able to run through the same installation process you did before. The bootloader will be written on top of the old one, though actually it wouldn't even need to be, in order for the new installation to boot.

If you really wanted to start from scratch, you could erase any partitions created on the HDD using fdisk. Boot to the live CD and start fdisk with "fdisk /dev/hdx" where "x" is the letter representing your drive (hda, on many single HDD systems), then type "o" to write a new partition table, and "w" to make the changes on the disk. Type "q" to exit, then reboot before following the installation procedure. You shouldn't have to do this unless you've messed up the partitions on the HDD.
49  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Hard drive install problem on: May 10, 2016, 10:44:32 PM
Oh, right. I thought you'd already done the HDD install.

The problem is still that the OS can't find where the data is located. For the Live CD, this indicates that it hasn't detected the CD/DVD drive in your computer.

What sort of CD drive is it? I've has similar trouble when trying to install from a USB CD drive, in that case it may be a driver problem with your USB chipset and you might need to install a separate USB card or use another type of drive. If the drive is SATA, make sure you type the "sata" boot command at the boot screen (eg. "dsl sata"). Also toggling the "SATA Compatibility Mode" (or a similar name such as "SATA IDE Emulation") setting in the BIOS may help (if it's on, turn it off, if off, turn it on).

If the CD/DVD drive is IDE/PATA, then it's hard to tell what the problem could be. Assuming it is visible to other Operating Systems running on the computer, it may be a driver problem with the motherboard.
50  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Hard drive install problem on: May 08, 2016, 11:17:49 PM
This means that the operating system is looking on the wrong partition to find its system files.

Boot from the live CD and edit the file "/boot/grub/menu.lst" on the DSL partition so that where it says "root=/dev/hdxx", "xx" equals the ID of the system partition. So if you installed DSL to partition hda3, the root parameter would look like "root=/dev/hda3".

If this is already correct, it may be that the drive isn't being recognised at all. If you have a SATA drive, then make sure that the "sata" keyword is included on the kernel line (where you found "root=") in "/boot/grub/menu.lst".
51  MyDSL Extensions / Multimedia / Re: Can't watch .mp4 videos on: May 03, 2016, 10:44:44 PM
Strange that loading mm-base.uci didn't help. Did you try VLC?

Are you running DSL from the CD, or do you have it installed? If it's installed, is it a frugal or HDD install? If it is a HDD install, it's possible that your installation of mplayer.tar.gz was confused by the files installed previously by mplayer.dsl. A similar problem could exist with a frugal install, or running from the CD, if you didn't reboot between trying mplayer.dsl and mplayer.tar.gz.

If you're using a HDD install, try starting mplayer with the command "/opt/bin/mplayer <arguments>". That may use the new version whereas simply typing "mplayer <arguments>" would still use the old one. You could check the version information to be sure.
52  MyDSL Extensions / Multimedia / Re: Can't watch .mp4 videos on: May 02, 2016, 10:56:30 PM
.MP4 files can actually contain video and audio in various different formats. It would appear that the video you're attempting to play when mplayer shows that error message is encoded in the h264 format (a version of MPEG4 video, which the MP4 container format was designed to be used with).

h264 video is now a very common (possibly the most common) video format, but the mplayer extension was made in 2004 when Xvid was a more common video codec.

In any case, mplayer may work if you load the mm-base.uci extension in Testing section of the myDSL respository before running mplayer. This contains numerous codecs, including h264.

That extension is not mentioned in the information for the mplayer.dsl extension, so you may have to use the later mplayer.tar.gz in the Testing section of the respository if you still get the same error message after loading mm-base.uci.

I personally use VLC, which is also presented as an extension in the testing section as vlc.uci. it requires gtk2-core.unc and libwxgtk2.uci to be installed as well as mm-base.uci.
53  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Re: Dead links in WIKI on: April 18, 2016, 10:18:01 PM
Unfortunately I don't think much can be done to the Wiki unless DSL developer John gets another spurt of energy.

"Choose the right CD image" on the main page goes to:
54  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Re: What jobs/tasks is Damn Small Linux (DSL) the best at? on: April 15, 2016, 11:46:02 PM
Compared to other recent distros (and it's perhaps no longer fair to call DSL "recent"), the main thing would be compatibility with old hardware, particularly from the 90s era.

For simply running on the earliest possible hardware, I'd say a distro called BasicLinux has it slightly beat, as it can run comfortably on a i486 and use the X windowing system. But it comes with very few drivers, so I wouldn't say that it is overall more compatible with 90s era hardware than DSL. Well perhaps late 80s era hardware if you have a 386, which wouldn't run at all with DSL, but I think that's stretching it.

If someone had cause to run lots of virtual machines, such as for network testing, DSL would put a light load on the host hardware. BasicLinux would be better still in that regard, but might take a lot more work to set up.

On a personal note, one of the things I like about DSL above most other distros is that it doesn't have too many complicated background programs and scripts to manage the configuration of the system, so one can dive in and change things without fighting against too many systems that change them back or simply break. Plus I'm posting from a Pentium I, and not many modern distros would allow me to do that comfortably.
55  MyDSL Extensions / System / Re: MyDSL Database Download on: February 28, 2016, 09:18:58 PM
Strange, all I can think is that the file permissions might be wrong for some reason. try doing "sudo chmod a+rw mydslinfo*" in the "/tmp/mydsl" directory.
56  MyDSL Extensions / System / Re: MyDSL Database Download on: February 28, 2016, 12:48:59 AM
I don't know mych about the MyDSL Browser, but perhaps try manually downloading the package list from:

Then replace the "mydslinfo.bz2.<number>" file in /tmp/mydsl/ with the highest number, with the new file. If there aren't any with ".<number>" at the end, just replace the file with the same name. Also best to keep a copy of the old file somewhere just in case.

EDIT: Here's the md5sum of the mydslinfo.bz2 file that I just used the MyDSL browser to successfully download and install from ibiblio.org:
You might want to check it with the file you download, and what is already in your /tmp/mydsl/ directory.
57  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Display problem with Acer laptop from 1999 using external monitor on: February 19, 2016, 10:13:36 PM
Have you tried the instructions for "additional modes" on that DSL Wiki page?
58  MyDSL Extensions / Apps / Re: lout-dsl on: February 14, 2016, 08:27:44 AM
Oh good, the forums are back online!

This appears to be the current site (http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/lout).

Here's a copy of the man page (http://www.linuxcertif.com/man/1/lout/).
59  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Encryption external drive reading - Veracrypt? *NOOB* on: January 18, 2016, 11:28:54 PM
The Supported Operating Systems page (https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=Supported%20Operating%20Systems) on the Veracrypt website says that it will only work on Linux distributions with a v. 2.6 kernel or higher. DSL uses a v. 2.4 kernel, so it likely won't be compatible (though if desperate you could try compiling it anyway).

DSL-N uses a v. 2.6 kernel, so that might be an option. However I can't see an extension in the MyDSL Respository for the program, so you will need to compile it yourself from the source code.
60  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: dsl won't boot on Dell D830 on: January 18, 2016, 11:20:51 PM
Seems like a hardware problem. Have you tried booting any other Operating Systems? It seems likely that they won't boot either.

Try reseating, or swapping out, the RAM. Failing that, perhaps also the CPU if it is worth the trouble of dismantling the laptop.

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