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 on: March 30, 2018, 10:42:49 PM 
Started by CNK - Last post by CNK
I was starting to worry that John had thrown in the towel entirely after the recent prolonged site outage. Good to see he's still up there watching, albeit only occasionally.

 on: February 06, 2018, 09:39:30 PM 
Started by milton - Last post by CNK
I don't believe there is a disc image available suitable for "dd" copying straight to a drive.

What error caused method II and III to fail booting? If the startup display said something to the effect of "unable to find the KNOPPIX filesystem", the problem may be that there is a compatibility issue with the USB chipset in the computer you're testing with.

 on: February 06, 2018, 07:45:13 PM 
Started by milton - Last post by milton
many thanks for your reply.

i have tried the methods described at
but with no success.  Method one booted but generated a kernal panic, 2 and 3 would not boot, and i am afraid i have to say that method 4 completely lost me.

I feel i may have to give up on this until i have learned a lot more.

On most other distros i have tried, i have been able to download an iso of the distro in question and then just simply use the dd command to make a bootable usb.  Does such an image exist for DSL?  (i have tried all images i can find and none seem to work in this way).

 on: February 05, 2018, 09:42:08 PM 
Started by milton - Last post by CNK
First stop would be the wiki  (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/installing_to_a_usb_flash_drive.html). Method II  (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/install_to_usb_from_within_linux.html#Method_II:_Current_ISO_.2B_Syslinux) might be the simplest for you. EDIT: or method I. Also, you don't really need to go through all the reformatting/repartitioning stuff if you already have a suitably partitioned/formatted drive without anything on the target partition.

 on: February 04, 2018, 10:49:07 PM 
Started by milton - Last post by milton

i am relatively new to Linux (about 12 months).  I have tried several different flavors of Linux, but because my hardware is old (12 years plus) and slow, i am drawn towards small distros.  I would love to try DSL but i am finding it hard to work out how to create a bootable usb pen drive.   In all other flavors of Linux i have tried (and i know i have most probably been spoiled here), it has been quite a simple operation, either using a tool built into a distro, or via the command line using dd.  With DSL this is not working for me, and most of the links i follow on-line do not seem to explain the procedure at all clearly.

Is there a simple, easy to follow, step by step, guide that will show me how to get a pen drive up and running with DSL?  (the simpler the better).

many thanks

 on: January 28, 2018, 10:04:26 PM 
Started by pom88 - Last post by CNK
It could just be that something went wrong during the partitioning/reformatting. To check the health of the HDD, find a program to read the SMART data, that will show counts of errors due to hardware issues.

P.S. Given that this isn't DSL related, it would have been better posted in the "Water Cooler" section.

 on: January 28, 2018, 11:47:00 AM 
Started by pom88 - Last post by pom88
I'm a bit worried my hard drive is dying at the moment, and I was hoping to get some other views on the matter before I tear my P.C apart.

A few days ago, I decided to partition my C drive in order to install ubuntu on to the new partition. I shrunk the volume, made a new one, and all was fine. When I went to restart the P.C, Windows wouldn't start, not matter what I did (boot priorities, system clean up, system restore, etc.)

I installed Ubuntu, found my Windows 7 installation CD, then reinstalled Windows 7 (Ultimate). At the custom installation screen, I deleted and formatted previous partitions - I am now left with my C Drive (100gb), D drive (10gb), F Drive (360gb), and the Systems partition.

Everything went well. However, when I went to download a game from Steam, the game randomly stops downloading - the 'Disk Write Error' status pops up. At the same time, my browser stops working (I use Google Chrome) and shows an "oops!" screen. After a few moments, I can use it again.

I can re-initiate the download in Steam, but it just repeats after a few moments of downloading...

Initially, the Steam folder was located on the C Drive. I thought it was an issue with disk space. I removed and reinstalled steam, deleted all game content, and saved the new content to my F Drive - the issue still repeats.

Be honest. Does this sound like my hard drive is dying? Has anyone had this issue before?

thank you

 on: December 23, 2017, 09:07:47 PM 
Started by pom007 - Last post by CNK
Yes that should work with DSL. The only thing to consider is changing the boot settings (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/cheat_codes.html) on the "kernel" line in /boot/grub/menu.lst if the destination hardware requires some particular boot commands. Besides that, just install and swap over the HDD. Job done.

Another option would be to boot DSL from USB and install from that (assuming the computer has USB).

EDIT: Also best run xsetup when you first boot on the destination computer. eg. by typing "e" at the grub boot screen and editing the kernel line to add the "xsetup" boot command.

 on: December 23, 2017, 10:53:05 AM 
Started by pom007 - Last post by pom007
There are instructions on how to do this. But I believe this is long gone after a hacker into Wikipedia. I was wondering if anyone here knows the process of installing DSL on a drive on one computer (Full Install), and then insert the drive into another computer. Here is an example of a situation that would be useful ...

Some of them are IBM, Acer 4720z problem is no optical drive or floppy disk in the computer. Although hard drives are standard IDE drives, so it can be taken out and put into a computer that can be used with other IDE optical drive to work.

thank you

 on: December 22, 2017, 09:20:56 PM 
Started by bash_user - Last post by CNK
I think you'd simply have to get lucky for that guide to work. The latest "Stable" debian release is so far ahead of Debian Woody now that I doubt much of the software, compiled as it is for a much later Linux kernel, would be able to run on DSL.

You could try packages made for older Debian versions than the current stable release, these used to be easier to find when the web interface to the Debian package archive  (http://archive.debian.net/) was up. I think you'd be better off just compiling it from source though. Software with just a command-line interface often compiles without too many dependancy issues on DSL, it's the GUI software where things tend to get difficult/impossible. It's been quite a while since I even bothered with the Debian packages.

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