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 71 
 on: March 12, 2014, 09:27:07 PM 
Started by kenny81 - Last post by CNK
OK, it looks like fdisk can read the partition table of your HDD alright, so things are workable. Actually, if you wiped the disk, there shouldn't be a partition table, did you manage to create some partitions?

Anyway, there are ways to make partitions in DSL without cfdisk, but if you want to install Knoppix it would probably be best to do the partitioning as you follow its installation program. Specifically, you need to create two partitions - one for swap space (where data goes when it can't fit in the memory), which should be the first partition on the disk and from memory needs to be a Gigabyte or greater in size, then another (eg. taking up the rest of the drive) for Knoppix itself. The installer will tell you how much swap space it wants and will open a graphical partitioning program (Gparted) to let you make the changes. You'd be best to delete all the partitions you've got on there already.

I've used the latest version of the Knoppix CD and it worked fine, so I'd say go with that (or, even better, the DVD).

 72 
 on: March 11, 2014, 11:13:42 PM 
Started by kenny81 - Last post by kenny81
CNK what version of Knoppix would you recommend

 73 
 on: March 11, 2014, 11:01:20 PM 
Started by kenny81 - Last post by kenny81
As I said, Knoppix is probably what I'd put on that machine. For playing around, it allows you to install a lot of new software that can be difficult or impossible to install with DSL (it has a lot of features to play with too). It's up to you though, if you're happy with the programs in the MyDSL Respository, then you could go for that, but Knoppix would be my recommendation.

For the partitioning problem, please open a root terminal and post the result of the command "fdisk -l".

the results of the fdisk -l

 74 
 on: March 11, 2014, 09:16:03 PM 
Started by kenny81 - Last post by CNK
As I said, Knoppix is probably what I'd put on that machine. For playing around, it allows you to install a lot of new software that can be difficult or impossible to install with DSL (it has a lot of features to play with too). It's up to you though, if you're happy with the programs in the MyDSL Respository, then you could go for that, but Knoppix would be my recommendation.

For the partitioning problem, please open a root terminal and post the result of the command "fdisk -l".

 75 
 on: March 11, 2014, 02:43:04 AM 
Started by kenny81 - Last post by kenny81
ok i ran it as dsl sata now im trying to get it to let me partition it so i can install it this computer is fighting me like crazy the main reason i want it on the hdd is one so itll run faster and two i think the cd drive is going cuase there are times it wont see it once i boot it up and i select it to boot from cd itll say boot drive not availible take cd out put it back in itll boot up fine but thats off topic sorry i know my way around a computer linux is just something i never got into and id like to now thank you

For SATA drives you need to issue the "sata" command at boot (see the boot options (cheatcodes) page on the wiki for more info). When the CD boot screen comes up, type "dsl sata" and press enter. To make things a bit quicker, you can also turn on DMA acceleration with "dsl sata dma".

If you were already doing that (or it doesn't help), try running "fdisk -l" and post the result here, with a bit of luck fdisk will be a bit more insightful than cfdisk.


That machine should run DSL lightning quick. I mainly play around with the lowest resource usage distros you can find, so I don't know that many that would take advantage of the extra power of your machine. If you can wedge some more RAM in it, you might be able to use one one the mainstream distros.

Knoppix (http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html) will work fine with your hardware (though it might still help to bang in another 512MB stick of RAM) and would probably be what I'd choose for it, as it runs with all the latest software but should still work very fast. There's a program on the Live CD to install it to HDD. DSL is actually based on a very old version of Knoppix, but you won't need to use the "sata" cheatcode (though you might need to type "knoppix" for it to boot into the GUI).

Here's a quick list of some low resource distros picked from my pile of Live CDs:
Puppy Linux
Puppy Linux Pulp (even lower resource usage)
Tinycore Linux
DSL-N (development stopped earlier than main DSL, so you might prefer plain DSL)
Slitaz
Plop Linux
TinyMe Linux

Hmm, that messed up my live CD pile... oh well, hope it helped.

 76 
 on: March 11, 2014, 01:44:12 AM 
Started by kenny81 - Last post by kenny81
thx CNK im going to try that how ever would you recommend knoppix over DSL on my system is gonna be something for me to goof around on and to teach my kids more abound computers i want a visually attractive well running system im sorry i am truely really new to linux again if anyone else would like to chime in it is welcome i need to learn it more my self obviously any good places for me to learn lol  Shocked

 77 
 on: March 10, 2014, 09:37:18 PM 
Started by kenny81 - Last post by CNK
For SATA drives you need to issue the "sata" command at boot (see the boot options (cheatcodes) page on the wiki for more info). When the CD boot screen comes up, type "dsl sata" and press enter. To make things a bit quicker, you can also turn on DMA acceleration with "dsl sata dma".

If you were already doing that (or it doesn't help), try running "fdisk -l" and post the result here, with a bit of luck fdisk will be a bit more insightful than cfdisk.


That machine should run DSL lightning quick. I mainly play around with the lowest resource usage distros you can find, so I don't know that many that would take advantage of the extra power of your machine. If you can wedge some more RAM in it, you might be able to use one one the mainstream distros.

Knoppix (http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html) will work fine with your hardware (though it might still help to bang in another 512MB stick of RAM) and would probably be what I'd choose for it, as it runs with all the latest software but should still work very fast. There's a program on the Live CD to install it to HDD. DSL is actually based on a very old version of Knoppix, but you won't need to use the "sata" cheatcode (though you might need to type "knoppix" for it to boot into the GUI).

Here's a quick list of some low resource distros picked from my pile of Live CDs:
Puppy Linux
Puppy Linux Pulp (even lower resource usage)
Tinycore Linux
DSL-N (development stopped earlier than main DSL, so you might prefer plain DSL)
Slitaz
Plop Linux
TinyMe Linux

Hmm, that messed up my live CD pile... oh well, hope it helped.

 78 
 on: March 10, 2014, 12:27:23 AM 
Started by kenny81 - Last post by kenny81
ok guys i am very new to linux but i am trying to install dsl on an old dell i have i tried the tutorial http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/f/topic-3-26-18529-0.html and i try to run cfdisk and i get FATAL ERROR Cannot read disk drive press any key to exit cfdisk. do i have a bad disk image or what?
specs
Dell System GX280
processor Pentium 4 cpu 2.8 ghz not 64 bit
512 mb ram
onboard cd/dvd rom drive ide
onboard 80gig SATA Hard drive i completely wiped the drive with killdisk so there is not partitions or OS at all on it

i know it will run DSL very well
ps if anyone knows another version of linux that it will handle also any input will be appreciated 

 79 
 on: March 03, 2014, 05:19:53 AM 
Started by jcdq - Last post by jcdq
THANK YOU, CNK...
AND NOW: (in lowercase): thank you!!!!!!!! It works in plain files... Grin

 80 
 on: March 02, 2014, 09:49:44 PM 
Started by jcdq - Last post by CNK
A quick Google search brings up this script. (http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/convert-filenames-lowercase)

In case you're not aware of the process, copy the script into a text document using a text editor, then save it (eg. as "mvlc.sh" (move lowercase)). Then open a terminal window in the directory it is in and run chmod to make the file executable. eg. "chmod a+rwx mvlc.sh".

Run the script from a terminal window (or with the emelfm command bar), making sure you are in the directory where you want to make the conversion.

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