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46  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Mouse buttons stop working on: October 28, 2013, 10:02:03 PM
When it comes to other versions, I'd start with DSL-N. It is quite a bit older than the latest DSL, however it uses a more modern kernel which might not exhibit the same symptoms.
47  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Mouse buttons stop working on: October 28, 2013, 05:14:14 AM
Wow, that is odd. Are you using the built-in mouse or an external one? Does the other work?

Do other OSs run OK? Perhaps you might want to try MEMTEST86 (bootable RAM testing program, included on a lot of bootdiscs).

If the RAM is OK, I've never heard of memory being directly connected to the mouse functions in DSL. I could be wrong though...
48  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Can you install... on: October 26, 2013, 01:41:29 AM
OK, the error is from GRUB, the program that loads DSL after the BIOS loads it. Is the error displayed after you select the DSL boot option in the GRUB menu on startup?

Assuming it is, check that on the SD card you have a file named "linux24" in the folder named "boot" located in the top directory of the card. i.e. "/boot/linux24".


Also, as you probably know, Raspbian is a Linux distro designed for the Raspberry Pi. The problem is that the Pi uses an ARM processor, these processors aren't compatible with PC x86 processors for which DSL is designed. DSL won't run on an ARM machine and (unless there is a PC version that I haven't seen) Raspbian won't run on a x86 machine. Looking up the EEE PC notebooks, I believe they have x86 processors, though if you know otherwise then DSL will never work.
49  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Can you install... on: October 24, 2013, 07:02:06 AM
The problem to contend with here is whether the PC/s you want to use the SD card with use a BIOS that supports booting from SD cards. I've got no idea whether many or even any do.

With an uncooperative BIOS, you might be able to find a bootloader that could sit on a PC's HDD or other more normal booting medium, then offer a choice of whether to boot from the HDD or the SD card. Again most won't support SD card booting.

One option that is risky and convoluted enough to class as ridiculous is to install CoreBoot (http://www.coreboot.org/) (if your chipset were supported), then use its ability to load a Linux kernel from the BIOS ROM which could then have support for an SD card and load the rest of the OS from one. Of course you'd have to use the 2.4.31 kernel from DSL and probably re-design the booting process. Also, if it didn't work, the PC would be unbootable (unless it had a backup BIOS system).

So basically, look up whether the BIOS will do what you want, and if it doesn't, I'd say go and buy a USB memory stick (as long as that is supported by the BIOS).
50  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).
51  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.
52  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.
53  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.
54  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).
55  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.
56  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.
57  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.
58  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.
59  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)?
60  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".
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