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 on: April 14, 2014, 01:16:25 PM 
Started by MarionFula - Last post by MarionFula
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 on: April 13, 2014, 04:41:47 PM 
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 on: April 12, 2014, 10:37:14 PM 
Started by Masterjedi688 - Last post by Masterjedi688
Ok.  Looks like I have some thinking to do.  Thanks for all the advice.

 on: April 12, 2014, 10:35:41 PM 
Started by linuxMigrant - Last post by CNK
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.

 on: April 12, 2014, 10:25:56 PM 
Started by Masterjedi688 - Last post by CNK
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.

 on: April 12, 2014, 02:45:04 AM 
Started by linuxMigrant - Last post by linuxMigrant
In trying to [frugal] install DSL (i have been playing around with it for a bit on live cd/usb prior, and knew how to use it), I had some fun to say the least.
I deleted the ubuntu partitions on my hard drive, in order to free up space for DSL (I had forgotten the password anyways, and dsl was more appropriate for the computer -- an old Dell dimension with 1GB ram, 1.6 GHz pentium 4 with WinXP as the main OS).
Of course I deleted grub 2 along with the Ubuntu install.
I found myself on the wiki page about installing grub (once I had formatted the drives and installed DSL, grub wouldn't work, even though it was installed during the frugal install.) So then I had to hunt down the Grub legacy iso, boot through the grub command line, and try to install grub again in terminal.
ERROR: "/dev/cloop has no BIOS device name!"

Some more digging around, and following a link off the wiki page (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/installing_grub.html) got me to a very good tutorial in the old static forums 'tips and tricks' (I had seen it before and referenced it a little, but now had to go in-depth with it).
On the second page (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/f/topic-3-26-8732-5.html), I found almost my exact scenario with a lovely explanation of how to successfully install Grub. And I miraculously got it working (and then re-added windows xp to the menu.lst)

Lo! and behold, DSL finally works. (I forgot to mention lots of googling "fixing grub", and similar search terms, but the ubuntu forums were all that popped up).

So I guess this is a Thank You for keeping those old forums around, and for a very good operating system (once it gets working...)

 on: April 12, 2014, 12:05:13 AM 
Started by Masterjedi688 - Last post by Masterjedi688
And my computer is connected wireless via a USB stick. 

 on: April 12, 2014, 12:02:59 AM 
Started by Masterjedi688 - Last post by Masterjedi688
Basically what I want to do with my computer is to continue surfing the web, chat with friends, upload pictures, watch music videos, play music via cd, go onto other websites like Facebook etc...The computer is not used for school work or business work, strictly for fun and entertainment.

 on: April 11, 2014, 10:50:25 PM 
Started by Masterjedi688 - Last post by CNK
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.

 on: April 11, 2014, 01:50:41 PM 
Started by Masterjedi688 - Last post by Masterjedi688
An HDD install is an install with the cd?  What is a partition?

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