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 on: December 21, 2017, 11:37:49 PM 
Started by bash_user - Last post by bash_user
The package isn't in the default 'Woody' repository. I was trying to install
gddrescue_1.21-1_i386.deb from
http://mirror.aarnet.edu.au/debian stable main contrib non-free
as per instructions on
(The other mirror, http://mirror.linux.org.au/debian stable main contrib non-free, looks to be identical.) I guess that's where the problems originate. I'll post an update after I come up to speed on compiling.
Thanks for clarifying my direction.

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!"

 on: December 21, 2017, 03:17:28 AM 
Started by BrBearOFS - Last post by BrBearOFS
I will go back and look .. while I was away I was reading on the Linux Questions page.. where it was talking about the necessity of an upgraded GRUB first before the inclusion of a new kernel as well.. I would imaging that would require some remastering as well.. 

Oh The Joys Smiley 


 on: December 20, 2017, 09:13:23 PM 
Started by bash_user - Last post by CNK
If you can't get the debian woody package to work, I suggest compiling from the source code. This will provide a much more current version of the software anyway. See the guide to creating .tar.gz MyDSL extensions on the DSL Wiki for a guide to compiling in DSL.

 on: December 20, 2017, 08:53:15 PM 
Started by BrBearOFS - Last post by CNK
DSL isn't fully Debian compatible to the extent that it can be completely upgraded using apt-get. Because the kernel upgrade would be to a new major release, it would break software that was specifically compiled for DSL and the 2.4.x kernel. I think there were some threads about this in the old forums.

 on: December 19, 2017, 11:47:14 PM 
Started by BrBearOFS - Last post by BrBearOFS
It bares the question to ask.. could one without a vast amount of sweat .. download DSL, with the older kernel, and just upgrade the kernel .. with an Apt-get upgrade ( something or other ?)

Thank you for investing time in my questions..


 on: December 19, 2017, 10:57:24 PM 
Started by bash_user - Last post by bash_user
I've been trying to install gddrescue using apt-get on a 500MHz Celeron with 186MB usable RAM (+ 8MB shared w/ video). Booting from floppy, running from 512MB flash drive: sda1=DSL 4.4.10; sda2=persistence, Internet and LAN operational.

I've massaged things to install apt-get; added repositories; modified package lists; re-packaged .deb files; and manually installed the packages--and still get errors. Then I read on this forum (topic=303780.0) "If you're trying to install using apt-get, that system is rather broken with DSL". I fear I've been going about this the wrong way, although I've learned a lot: up to last week I've used ONLY ubuntu, synaptic, and bash scripting.

Can someone point me to the right way to install gddrescue (preferably with persistence on USB) ~or~ if apt-get is  a workable method I can upload a full-page thesis on my efforts thus far.

"Experience is the best teacher, but the tuition fees are high."

 on: December 19, 2017, 09:34:12 PM 
Started by BrBearOFS - Last post by CNK
The b43 drivers for linux support your wifi chipset, but they were only made for the Linux V. 2.6 kernel  (http://web.archive.org/web/20100824011022/http://bcm43xx.berlios.de:80/?go=devices). DSL-N Uses a V. 2.6 kernel, though I don't know whether it is above the V. minimum or not.

Web searches bring up reference to an official kernel V. 2.4 linux driver released by broadcom as a binary. I'll leave you to find where that can be downloaded, assuming it's still around somewhere.

There's also the "ndiswrapper" approach, which is something I've thankfully never had to resort to myself.

For copying and pasting, highlight the text to copy, then press the middle mouse button to paste. If you only have two mouse buttons, press them both at once.

 on: December 19, 2017, 01:33:34 AM 
Started by BrBearOFS - Last post by BrBearOFS

So I loaded Puppy into RAM and it worked out of the box..

the iwconfig while running the live version there is... the IEEE 802.11 bg  and my ssid and it gives power and the band 2.4 blah blah.. so that is good..

At the bottom of the lspci it shows Broadcom 4311 80211 b/g WLAN (rev 1)
presumed that is what you were looking for..

I would have copied and pasted but the methods I am familiar with do not seem to work  the ctl+shift+c/v   or  ctl-Instert/Shift insert etc..  Sad


 on: December 17, 2017, 09:52:38 PM 
Started by BrBearOFS - Last post by CNK
Does the wireless adapter show when you type the "iwconfig" command in a terminal window? What does it say about it in the output of the "lspci" command, or in the "PCI" tab of the "SYSTEM > System Stats" application?

You might want to check how you cope with the web browsers available in DSL before commiting. Firefox V. 2 has become very hard to use with many sites due to the "aging" of its HTTPS support, which coincides with the recent huge uptake of forced HTTPS on websites. I've long been meaning to look into compiling a recent Firefox ESR release for DSL, which I think might be just about possible, but I've got nowhere near the time lately.

 on: December 17, 2017, 08:55:36 PM 
Started by BrBearOFS - Last post by BrBearOFS
OK, so a quick update---

I downloaded and ran the current version of DSL and booted away.. and it came up to a beautiful screen .. no apperant issues with the graphics..
Then went over to attempt the wifi connection.. but that was a different tale all together.. after attempting all the various versions of network card configuration etc..
I was not able to get the broadcom wireless adapter to connect..   

I am given to understand that in the recent past that the broadcom wireless adapters were incorporated into the Linux Kernel.. any input there ? 

Given that is seems I will at least need to configure the wifi driver / firmware - I would profer the following,

There would, at least to my understanding, the necessity of installing the  b43-fwcutter firmare-b42-installer 

which I found during a search in the Arch32 forums while I was looking for the wireless set up.

More later as I ponder through the process ..


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