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91  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: How to find what's happening if DSL gives me "read error...-problem reading. on: May 20, 2014, 10:39:00 PM
Hmm, strange. Perhaps try creating the two files (as root) and checking that the "nofstab" option isn't in your startup commands on the "kernel" line of /boot/grub/menu.lst, then restart and see if things work.

You can create fstab entries manually (search for guides online, there are plenty), but it probably wouldn't be practical if your machine has USB. It could also be that DSL is having trouble reading the spot on the disk with fstab (though I don't know why it wouldn't show up in a directory listing), try running fsck on the DSL partition.

You could look at the dmesg log (can be viewed in the "System Stats" window (in the DSL menu "System>System Stats")) to see that DSL is detecting the drives at all, they should be there with a short description (though the floppy drive will just say it's 1.44MB (unless it's an old DD type)).

For a short-term fix, you can tell Linux what to mount where directly with the "mount /dev/<device> <mountpoint>". For example your floppy drive could be mounted using "mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/auto/floppy". Or was that what hung the terminal?
92  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: How to find what's happening if DSL gives me "read error...-problem reading. on: May 19, 2014, 09:21:11 PM
Have you tried reading the same partition of the drive from other Linux Distros? If it doesn't work with them, it might be a problem with the file system (run fsck) or the HDD itself.

I don't know of any better way to kill a process started with Emelfm than killing Emelfm itself. There's no command in the keyboard shortcuts list.

I don't fully understand why you want a list of terminal commands. in any case, you mount with the command "mount", unmount with the command "umount" and install MyDSL extensions with the command "MyDSL <extension name>". Look at mount --help for how to use the commands fully, but basically just put the path to the mount point after the command, eg. "mount /mnt/hda3" to mount partition hda3. If it says the entry isn't in fstab, that means the system hasn't automatically set up a partition to use with that mount point.
93  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: How can I install FLwriter on DSL 4.11.rc2? on: May 12, 2014, 11:55:26 PM
I believe the kernel has changed since those versions of DSL, so you'd likely run in to problems trying to get the compiled software from them to run on the latest DSL release.

Find the source release and compile it yourself. The page on making a tar.gz MyDSL extension in the DSL Wiki describes the basic process of compiling software. There are some extensions in the MyDSL respository with the software for a compiling environment.

If you can find a package for Debian 3 "woody", that could be installed on DSL too, but it doesn't seem to be in the Debian package archive (http://archive.debian.net).
94  MyDSL Extensions / Extension Development / Re: synchronal stopwatch on: April 25, 2014, 11:11:31 PM
OK, that makes more sense. As you mentioned the speed of your PC, I thought Avidemux might have been having trouble keeping the audio and video in sync at some stage. I suggested the other programs because some jobs could be done with them instead (cutting video, changing video specs, etc.).

Actually I'm not sure that a stopwatch would be the best method as any delay in the video wouldn't be accounted for so you'd have to rely on the video playback working perfectly (or at least being able to keep up with lag by dropping frames). VirtualDub might give you the video time in miliseconds, I'd have to check.

Might be possilbe to make a script to operate on Mplayer play time printed by the terminal program, I just don't know how.
95  MyDSL Extensions / Extension Development / Re: synchronal stopwatch on: April 22, 2014, 10:35:29 PM
Shouldn't that delay be the same on each video?

What are you actually trying to do to the video?

Perhaps VirtualDub running with Wine, or ffmpeg could do the job better?
96  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: speedtouch 121g on: April 21, 2014, 10:41:42 PM
1st step:
What is listed when you open a terminal window and type "iwconfig"?
97  MyDSL Extensions / Extension Development / Re: synchronal stopwatch on: April 21, 2014, 10:39:18 PM
I haven't tried it because I don't want to install python and bc on the computer I'm working on (required by the second script), but
            start=`now` || exit 1
            echo >&2
At about 10 lines from the bottom looks like the command to begin. I still need to get around to learning Linux scripting though, so I can't tell you much more than trying to put this in at the start of the script looks like something to try.

The first script would also be easy to modify by simply putting in a bit to query if the seconds counter is equal to 60, and if so add one to the minutes counter and reset seconds to zero - I just don't know the syntax to do this in a script. By the way, the first script looks different because it is mostly done in one line, commands separated by a semicolon.

I'm a bit confused by why you ask about the mplayer time. I never worked out why you can't just use the time display in gmplayer. If you need the terminal program, you can bring up an on-screen time display by pressing the "o" key a couple of times.
98  MyDSL Extensions / Extension Development / Re: synchronal stopwatch on: April 18, 2014, 10:48:52 PM
Doesn't look like that will work with the Debian stopwatch program. Try searching Google for "terminal stopwatch Linux". The second result could have potential.
99  MyDSL Extensions / Extension Development / Re: synchronal stopwatch on: April 17, 2014, 11:22:15 PM
It's a bit hard to work out what you're doing, but if you just want to start both programs at the same time, a script should do that for you. There are probably better ways, but I'll deccribe one method:

Open a terminal window and type "nano", then press enter. Type "gmplayer | <Name of Stopwatch Program>". Press ctrl-X, say yes you want to save and give it a file name like "videoedit.sh".

Then when back at the command prompt, give the following command:

sudo chmod a+rwx videoedit.sh

Then to test, type "./videoedit.sh" and both programs should start. You can add a program icon to the desktop by typing the full path on the script into the "create new program icon" window. Probably "/home/dsl/videoedit.sh".
100  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Is this possible with DSL? on: April 17, 2014, 11:00:48 PM
Well if XP isn't working, that pretty much leads back to my previous suggestions. Well, one could always go back to Windows 98 (can actually run some new software with an add-on called "KernelEx"), but you're probably going down the right path already.

Other than DSL and Puppy, some other options might be CDLinux and (depending on the specs of the PCs) Knoppix. The hardest part will be making them look convincingly like a new Windows (although it seems to have been done before with Puppy), are you sure there's that much shame in running Linux?
101  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Is this possible with DSL? on: April 16, 2014, 10:14:18 PM
I can't say I know much about themes for JWM (the DSL window manager). Searching for JWM Windows 7 Themes shows that this has been done on Puppy Linux, but it probably uses a newer version of JWM than DSL, and I don't know how close it is functionally.

New versions of Firefox won't run on DSL natively, but perhaps it could work in Wine (I doubt it, sounds like too much of a cheat, but I guess it's possible). You should check the Wine compatibility database to see what is compatible with the latest version of Wine that is available as a MyDSL extension (unless you want to compile it yourself). That's V. 0.9.59.

Honestly, I probably wouldn't bother to do this in DSL, I'd use Windows XP on the PCs (assuming you have licenses/don't care that you don't) and run "LiteStep" as an explorer replacement. I've done this on my Windows machines (for performance reasons mainly). It basically offers a lot more customisation to the Windows interface than the standard XP themes system does and there are tons of modern looking themes available. Only problem is that the community is a bit dead (remind you of something), so there's a possibility that at least there isn't a Windows 8.1 look-a-like.

Also Puppy is still another choice (http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=59230&sid=26fb4641b21629966170c4cfffa4ce00)
102  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: DSL frugal install fun on: April 12, 2014, 10:35:41 PM
Well done!

The Grub manual (http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/legacy) is also a very good reference in case of trouble.

Also, as GRUB is not specific to any OSs, the posts in the Ubuntu forum may have been relevent, as long as they were old enough to be talking about the original GRUB (now known as GRUB Legacy), not the newer GRUB2.
103  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Making the switch from Windows XP to Damn Small Linux on: April 12, 2014, 10:25:56 PM
It's likely that you'll find that some of your regular websites won't work properly with the Firefox web browser version included with DSL and, as I said earlier, it isn't able to be upgraded. However try running DSL from the CD and make up your own mind.

The USB wireless card may be a problem to get working in DSL, depending on the model. This is another thing you can try while running from the CD. Again you may have better luck with Knoppix if it doesn't work.

Assuming it is automatically detected, you can enable the card using the utility in the DSL menu in "Setup>Net Setup>iwconfig". Enter the name of your wireless network in the "sid" box and the password in the "wep" box. If it says something like "interface not found", open a terminal window and type "iwconfig", then try all the different codes listed at the left of the window, which don't have "no wireless extensions" printed next to them, in the "device" box of the "iwconfig setup" window.
104  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Making the switch from Windows XP to Damn Small Linux on: April 11, 2014, 10:50:25 PM
An HDD install is an install with the cd?

Both installs can be done from the CD. The CD contains the system that you want to copy to your computer. A Frugal install means the system is compressed on the HDD and can't be changed directly, while a plain HDD install just copies the files directly, so more space is used, but you can modify things easilly.

What is a partition?

A partition is basically just an area of the HDD that the Operating System is allowed to read and write data to. If you have more than one partition, you can treat them like different drives all togeather and use them for different jobs. With DSL, we only really need one partition which covers the whole drive (which is what I described previously), for Knoppix you would need another one to act as extra memory in case you ran out.

Is Knoppix small like DSL?  What makes it better then DSL?

DSL is designed to run on old computers from the late 1990s era, and also to be very small in size. Due to this, it is limited to an old set of core software which is now not compatible with a lot of newer programs (like many of the latest web browsers). Knoppix supports newer software, including some packages that may make the system easier for you to use. I don't know what you want to do with your computer, that's why I suggested you try DSL running from the CD and then decide whether it does what you want before installing it permanently. If it doesn't suit you, Knoppix is another option that might.

If I choose Knoppix, I would follow the same instructions you posted here?

You could use a similar process to that I described earlier for installing Knoppix, but you would have to create two partitions (one for the Operating System files, another "swap" partition to act as extra memory) of different sizes on the drive.
105  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Making the switch from Windows XP to Damn Small Linux on: April 10, 2014, 10:26:54 PM
The partitioning step should be the only thing you have to do manually, the rest should be done through a script and you can just select the default options.

I'm not sure if you realise that DSL can actually boot from the CD, so you run the OS from that to use during the installation. Once it has loaded the desktop, open a root terminal window (in the DSL menu this is under "Xshells>Root Access").

Now type the following and press "enter":
cfdisk -z /dev/hda
This should bring up an interface showing one partition entry labeled with the type "Free Space".

Now use the left/right arrow keys to select the "new" button at the bottom of the window and press "enter". Then press "enter" at the next two prompts ("primary" and the partition size) as the default values will do.

Finally press "enter" on the "bootable" button (selected after the previous steps), then move to the "write" button and press "enter", then confirm that you want to make the changes (this step will destroy the Windows installation).

If you make a mistake, just go to "Quit" and start again, nothing is changed on the HDD untill you tell the program to "Write".

We didn't make a swap partition for the PC to use if it runs out of memory because your machine has more than enough to run DSL very well without using the HDD for extra.

Now it's hard to know whether you would want a Frugal or HDD install, but a HDD install would make it easier to install new software and keep settings changes, so I'll describe the process for that:

Open the DSL menu and go to "Apps>Tools>Install to Hard Drive". Type "hda1" at the first prompt and you should be able to press "enter" at the following options to use the default values.

When it's done, restart the computer and remove the DSL CD before it starts booting. You should boot to a menu of boot options (the default one is best for starters), then when you press "enter" DSL should start booting and you'll be set.

However before you do the above, I do recommend that you first have a play with DSL running from the CD to see that it works properly and does what you want. In particular the version of "Firefox" web browser it comes with, and which can't be upgraded, is old and incompatible with a few modern websites. A more modern and perhaps easier to use Distro that may work with your hardware is Knoppix (http://www.knopper.net), it still requires you to manually create partitions though (including a swap partition).
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