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 on: November 28, 2016, 12:42:49 AM 
Started by Astrosynthesist - Last post by Astrosynthesist
I have a Dell Inspiron 8100 and one of its quirks is that in order to not hang on boot and use pcmcia you need to modify /etc/pcmcia/config.opts. This is fine; I just want to know how I can actually modify this file in the KNOPPIX filesystem in the ISO permanently. Otherwise most of what I want to do with DSL is moot.


 on: November 28, 2016, 12:38:48 AM 
Started by Astrosynthesist - Last post by Astrosynthesist
I've seen other people with this problem - namely I'm trying to boot a / and /home partition and it's in my fstab correctly, but it never boots and mounts correctly. It'll mount no problem after boot, but not during. Let me know what troubleshooting info you need, and thank you in advance!

 on: November 28, 2016, 12:33:49 AM 
Started by Astrosynthesist - Last post by Astrosynthesist
I went through that post and the numbers I came up with were unknown to grub and thus failed. It appears as though 1600x1200 is unsupported by dsl out of the box. I'm wondering if there are some files somewhere I can copy to the boot folder to make them known.

Side note: I'm having two more issues (but will be making new threads for them momentarily).
1. I am trying to run a dual partition setup for / and /home, but fstab is not allowing me to mount /home on boot, even though it works after boot.
2. I have a recovery partition containing the livecd and bootdisk, and I need to modify one of the system files so that pcmcia works on boot without hanging, but I can't figure out how to modify the KNOPPIX image itself.

 on: November 20, 2016, 09:17:10 PM 
Started by Astrosynthesist - Last post by CNK
If none of the graphics mode commands are working from the boot command line, you likely have a laptop that requires a non-standard video mode, see this wiki page (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/vga_xxx.html) with a short guide on how to (hopefully) determine the video mode required.

 on: November 19, 2016, 06:47:43 PM 
Started by Astrosynthesist - Last post by Astrosynthesist
Hello forum!

I'm new here, I just successfully installed DSL on a CF card for my old laptops, to try and breathe some linux into them.

It works great on my Toshiba Libretto, but I am struggling with my Inspiron. Essentially, every resolution for X works fine (but doesn't fill the screen) except for the native resolution of 1600x1200 at any color depth, which fills the screen but displays as in the picture below. A "column" of pixels from the left is repeated across the screen and the top half of the vertical pixels make up the whole image top to bottom.

I consider myself to be somewhat of a power user but I can't figure this out at all. All I can say is that it looks like vga modes 797-799 are not installed for GRUB, but honestly I have very little experience troubleshooting graphics and my internet searches turned up nothing to help!

Let me know what you think!

 on: November 18, 2016, 07:58:16 PM 
Started by cornix - Last post by Eugenio

Guessed correctly. Something went wrong during the first install. Maybe some of the choices I made were not correct.

Now I reinstalled it from scratch, with standard configuration. Everything went very well and now restoring dkpg was correct and installed straight away.

All set and working.


 on: November 18, 2016, 05:26:43 PM 
Started by cornix - Last post by Eugenio
for some reason it is downloading "dal-dkpg.dsl.7" I wander what does that ".7" mean... Tongue

Ok. Now I understand. The number at the end is due to the times being downloaded. Managed to delete all of them.

Went again to >APPS>Tools>Enable Apt

Then it fetches the file and downloads it (tried both protocols http and ftp as well). After download completion, it seems to do something I don't understand and not being displayed. Then a bunch of ASCII chars appear on the screen (like when you open a compressed file through a text pad) and finally fails with message "checksum error".

So I tried an alternate way to check if the downloaded file might be corrupted.

But it is not, since I tried:

#wget http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/damnsmall/mydsl/dsl-dpkg.dsl

Then I loaded the extension:

#mydsl-load dsl-dpkg.dsl

No problem at all.

Even after doing that (loading the extension) when I ran:

#apt-get update

It fails saying cannot open lock file /var/lib/apt/lists/lock (file does not exist).

Checked manually and the directory does not exist.

After creating it, dsl is looking for files that obviously are not present.

I must asume that something went wrong during the initial installation into HD. I am not sure why or what happened.

Still trying...

 on: November 18, 2016, 04:34:13 PM 
Started by cornix - Last post by Eugenio
In the DSL menu, go to "Apps > Net > Download Mirror Selector" and change the URL to "distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/damnsmall/" with Protocol set to "http". Then the downloads should work from the menu links, and the MyDSL browser.

Sorry for reflecting this, but it's not working.

It does solve the URL correctly (checked through another computer).
It does connect (port 80 correctly).
It seems to download without problem.

And then there appear a bunch of characters that will end with the message "Checksum error!". And fails.

I'm currently trying to figure out what is going on, before saying all files are corrupt.

Does anyone else have the same problem?


 on: November 08, 2016, 09:05:47 PM 
Started by Aëlda - Last post by CNK

4.4.10 is the latest stable release, the latest release candidate is 4.4.11.rc2 (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/release_candidate/), it seems to work well enough.

 on: November 08, 2016, 06:27:06 AM 
Started by Aëlda - Last post by Aëlda
Hi fellows,

I'm using Ubuntu on my main laptop and decided to install DSL on a very old machine I've just got.
Dowloaded the .iso of DSL 4.4.10 (hoping it's the latest version?). Before I write that .iso on a usb or cd I'd like to check it, would you know where I can find the corresponding SHA256 or MD5?

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