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 on: December 23, 2016, 08:58:42 PM 
Started by Borzalex - Last post by CNK
"sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/usbflash" should be enough, the error indicates that the USB drive is not being detected, or perhaps is being assigned to another device ID due to the (mis)detection of some other unreadable drive as sda1.

Perhaps you've already tried mounting outher /dev/sd(x)1 in other locations. If the USB drive is being detected at all, it should show up in the list of use devices presented when you execute the command "lsusb -v". If not, you may have a USB driver problem.

Also note that DSL usually tries to automatically add fstab entries linking /dev/sd(xx) entries to /mnt/sd(xx), such that "mount /dev/sda1" would by default mount it at /mnt/sda1. Your more complete command should work regardless of this though.

 on: December 23, 2016, 08:39:16 PM 
Started by aesvry - Last post by CNK
Try entering the "fb1024x768" command (on its own, without "dsl" first) at the boot command prompt and see if that works. If you still need to use the "lowram" command, do it like this: "dsl xmodule=fbdev fb1024x768 lowram". Fo details see the wiki page on boot time commands  (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/cheat_codes.html).

If it still doesn't work, you can try the instructions gor setting specific vga modes and detecting non-standard ones, also on the wiki  (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/vga_xxx.html).
EDIT: Looking into the details of the laptop model in general, it does seem quite possible that it would use non-standard vga modes in order to accomodate the unusually large display.

 on: December 23, 2016, 01:26:59 AM 
Started by aesvry - Last post by aesvry
I've been trying to get an old Gateway 2000 Destination PC back up and running recently. It has a 200MHz Pentium Processor with 32 MB RAM.

I burned a disc of DSL 4.0 and booted the computer from that, I found that before anything started up I had to go into the DSL boot options and choose 'lowram' otherwise after it was done loading everything up and got to the section for the Xvesa settings I would just get a blank screen. So when I finally got to the settings, no matter what I chose I would get the same result of a corrupted screen image. Just a black screen with a small green corrupted image at the very top. I decided to test it out on another installation disc I had for Wary 5.5. This had the option of using xorg instead of xvesa, when I chose xorg it probed the video hardware in the computer to see what settings would work best. It came back with a rang of options but recommended 1024x768x16 as what would work best for the video card and monitor. I tested this out and while it could barely load because Wary is too much for the system to handle everything seemed to be just fine with the display. So I go back to DSL and follow the same steps I had before and put in those settings of 1024x768x16 and same result. I was wondering if anyone had some knowledge on what I could do to fix this problem? Any help would be appreciated, thanks!  Smiley (Attached is an image of the screen issue)

 on: December 22, 2016, 06:28:25 PM 
Started by Borzalex - Last post by Borzalex
Hello! I have DSL 4.11 rc2 installed on my HDD. When I try to mount the USB stick with a command
sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt/usbflash -o iocharset=utf8,codepage=866,rw
I get the following error:
/dev/sda1 is not a valid block device
Is there any other way to mount the USB stick?..

 on: November 29, 2016, 09:25:45 PM 
Started by Astrosynthesist - Last post by CNK
The 1600x1200 resolution is noted on this page though (http://www.faqs.org/docs/Linux-HOWTO/Framebuffer-HOWTO.html#ss5.3).

perhaps check that the values you entered line up with those there (converted to decimal).

There is the option of using specific video grivers instead of the frame buffer in DSL, but I don't think the drivers for your video chipset are available. Might be worth looking into, I don't have the time to double check.

 on: November 29, 2016, 09:12:09 PM 
Started by Astrosynthesist - Last post by CNK
These remastering guides are a bit old, but might still work:

However it seems you should be able to set DSL to restore your modified /etc/pcmcia/config.opts file  (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/persistence.html) automatically on each boot. Then, if cardmgr is already started by the time the configuration file is replaced, put "killall -HUP cardmgr" in the /opt/bootlocal.sh file to restart it.

EDIT: I forgot about the fact the laptop actually hangs when the wrong PCMCIA command is sent. Perhaps try using the "nopcmcia" boot command and start cardmgr manually in /opt/bootlocal.sh after the right config files have loaded.

 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.

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