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 on: June 21, 2015, 12:59:27 AM 
Started by John - Last post by CNK
I can't see any new topic in the other sections of the forum.

Anyway, graphics problems pop with some laptops, but there are usually ways to get around them. The DSL Wiki has a section on boot codes (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/cheat_codes.html), they're not menu slectable, you have to type "dsl [cheatcodes]" and press enter. With [cheatcodes] being whatever options you need.

Try "fb800x600" (you need to leave off the "dsl" bit for this command), so that DSL avoids trying to use specific video drivers that may not be working properly.

If still no joy, you can try the "dsl vga=xxx" command (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/vga_xxx.html).

 on: June 20, 2015, 05:52:00 PM 
Started by John - Last post by Mac88
No luck. I booted the .rc2 distro. When I selected F2 or F3 for boot options the window is off-center to the left and, while I can see the options, I can see no way to select any of them. I was able to select text size . If I just select "boot" it loads several files then the screen gets scrambled, and while there is some kind of image displayed, it's totally unreadable. But, back to the boot options, what am I missing? Are they selected by number, tab to selection, or what? I haven't been able to find any docs on the actual initial start-up process. I can post a pic if it's any help.

I'm probably posting tech questions in the wrong section. I'll move my topic to the correct one.


 on: June 20, 2015, 12:45:18 AM 
Started by John - Last post by Mac88
Hi CNK and Diogenes, and thanks for your assistance.

My error, it was the dsl-4.4.10-syslinux.iso that I burned, off of http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/current. I picked that one as the docs said it worked well with older hardware, without defining "older". I'll try dsl-4.4.10.iso, since I already have the .iso and .md5 files, and see how that works. I can always try the .11 release later. I don't know what was up with the ftp site. I generally don't have any problem with ftp:// downloads.


 on: June 19, 2015, 11:22:06 PM 
Started by John - Last post by CNK
The *-initrd.iso image is for network booting, which you shouldn't need.

You should just download the file "dsl-4.4.10.iso", or "dsl-4.4.11.RC2.iso" for the latest release candidate. By default these will boot as a live CD and won't change anything on the HDD unless you tell it to manually. It works like any other Live CD distro.

You can download from the http version of the ibiblio site (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/) if FTP isn't working.

 on: June 19, 2015, 10:24:15 PM 
Started by John - Last post by Mac88
No luck off the ftp site. No download option. "Copy" or "drag and drop" gave me these results:

"The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in “dsl-4.11.rc2.iso” can’t be read or written.
(Error code -36)


The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in “dsl-4.11.rc2.iso.md5.txt” can’t be read or written.
(Error code -36)

I had previously downloaded  "dsl-4.4.10-initrd.iso" and associated .md5.txt from the DLS site and burned the .iso to CD (slowest rate). I didn't see a "live" option when I booted the cd but it appeared to be downloading files to the Presario HD so I aborted it. I still got some scrambled files on the HD.

 on: June 19, 2015, 06:04:39 PM 
Started by John - Last post by Diogenes
Go there and download the ISO. Burn to CD/write to USB/SD card as applicable, and reboot. As you mentioned using Mint I assume you know the process but can aid you further if need be.


The rc2 found above should work better as it is more recent, but might have some unknown bugs.

 on: June 19, 2015, 06:00:02 AM 
Started by John - Last post by Mac88
Thanks for the info, CNK.

I run an SMF board unrelated to Linux. Had the same problem until I made it a lot harder for spammers to post. I hope he gets a handle on the problem.

Regarding DSL, I've had some problems finding documentation related to running the distro from live cd. I don't want to scramble the OS on my drive since it's pretty much un-replaceable, dating back to 2009 or so. Maybe I'll hold off until I can find some more info, then do a permanent install. I'm currently running 3 Mint distros on hardware that's a few years newer. Just trying to find a use for my ancient but pristine Presario 1210 with 80mb ram and 1.4gb HDD.

I guess I'll do some more digging and see what I can find on running DSL "live". Thanks again.


 on: June 18, 2015, 10:44:08 PM 
Started by John - Last post by CNK
A few posts still pop up from time to time.

John (DSL developer) usually checks the forum each month or so to delete the spam, but he's being a bit slow over the last attack. At least they stopped on their own, so it shouldn't be hard to overlook when viewing new posts.

 on: June 18, 2015, 09:10:59 PM 
Started by John - Last post by Mac88
Is anyone posting on this site, other than spammers? I found it while looking for a distro to install on my old Compaq Presario. The spammers don't add much to the Linux discussion.


 on: June 17, 2015, 10:11:38 PM 
Started by borgward1 - Last post by CNK
The last STABLE release is "dsl-4.4.10.iso" in the "current" directory. The official download site is at ibiblio (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/).

The release candidates for 4.4.11 don't change that much though, and I don't think there have been any significant problems found with RC2.

DSL-N was designed to include and support more current software at the price of being bigger than 50MB and less compatible with old '90s era computers. However development ceased before DSL, so in some respects it is less up to date.

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