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76  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.
77  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)?
78  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".
79  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).
80  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).
81  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".
82  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):

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commit

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).
83  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".
84  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).
85  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)
86  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.
87  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.
88  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).
89  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.
90  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:
Code:
title Damn Small Linux frugal in sda1
  root (hd0,0)
  kernel /boot/linux24 root=/dev/sda1 frugal sata
  initrd /boot/minirt24.gz
  makeactive
  boot

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?
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