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 on: August 02, 2014, 03:46:51 AM 
Started by ProfOak - Last post by CNK
Unless you've managed to install Damn Small Linux on your phone, in which case I'd say you're pretty lucky if internet is the only thing not working, I'd say you'd be better finding a forum about Android phones.

You could also post in the "Water Cooler" section, but your chances of finding help probably make getting hit by a meteorite look like an normal lifetime hazard.

 on: August 02, 2014, 03:39:17 AM 
Started by 3guesses - Last post by CNK
In case you're still checking this topic, here are some anwsers:

I'm not sure of the exact age of the DSL SATA drivers, but they would be from 2008 at the latest, and probably much earlier. As is the usual line with DSL, the OS is designed to run on older hardware with the trade-off being that it doesn't readilly support many new systems. Its current, lets call it intermittent, development doesn't help this at all either.

Basically, the SATA drivers probably don't play well with your more modern motherboard BIOS because they were likely designed some time before it existed.

I did once install DSL on a machine which wouldn't recognise a SATA HDD until "IDE Emulation" was turned off in the BIOS (that's to say it didn't recognise it pretending to be an IDE drive). So there are all sorts of strange things that can go on.

If you install to hdb9, it should boot from hdb9 as long as GRUB is set up with the "kernel" path in the /boot/grub/menu.lst file pointing to /dev/hdb9. In theory the installation script should do this automatically, but it's the first thing to check if booting fails.

If you change the BIOS settings to use the HDD as a SATA device, the partition address will become /dev/sd?9 and the "kernel" line in menu.lst will need to be changed for DSL to boot.

I can't remember if it's impossible, but it would take some work to get DSL to boot from GRUB2 directly. When I needed to do this in the past, I was lazy and set up the GRUB in DSL (v. 0.91) on the DSL partition, then chainloaded it from GRUB2 like one would a Windows installation.

Actually now that I think of it, I did that the other way around and chainloaded GRUB2, but that was because DSL was installed first and I wanted to keep some menu options for booting it (the menu was disabled for GRUB2 so that one isn't even aware of the multi-step process).

I remember the HDD installation script asks you if you want to install a boot loader (in your case I would anwser "no" and do it manually to hdb9). I expect the frugal one does the same.

 on: August 02, 2014, 02:54:59 AM 
Started by sunshine - Last post by CNK
If you do "firefox --help" and look under "Mozilla options", there are options "-height" and "-width" to specify window size.

So you just have to use the command "firefox -width <pixels> -height <pixels>" to start it with the size specified in pixels. The height should be a bit less than the screen resolution so that the window doesn't cover the task bar at the bottom.

You can put the full command in a menu item by editing "/home/dsl/.jwmrc", or make a script file with the command and create a link to it on the desktop.

 on: July 24, 2014, 07:10:48 PM 
Started by ProfOak - Last post by ProfOak
Hello. I wanted to connect to the Internet using my Android phone's tethering function, but I don't understand how.
My question is: how to connect using my Android phone?

 on: July 24, 2014, 01:12:02 PM 
Started by 3guesses - Last post by 3guesses
OK, I have done a bit more testing.  My MSI laptop's BIOS gives the following SATA options when configuring the Southbridge:

  • Native IDE
  • RAID
  • AHCI
  • Legacy IDE
  • Other Storage

When I set it to "Legacy IDE" then "sudo fdisk -l" does show the hard drive - as /dev/hdb (the USB memory stick is /dev/sda), but it can't be found for any other setting.  Additionally, booting using "dsl sata" hangs with the "Loading sata_vsc.o..." message no mattr which setting I use - shouldn't it work for at least one of them???

So, I have 2 questions:

(1) If I use the "Legacy IDE" setting and install it to my HDD (logical partitition /dev/hdb9), will it then boot from the HDD install (a) once I remove the USB memory stick (so the HDD partition will presumably become /dev/hda9), and (b) if I change the BIOS setting to something else?

(2) I already have GRUB2 installed from Xubuntu installed on /dev/hdb6 (sda6 usually) - will the frugal install of DSL screw up the existing GRUB2 set-up?

Thanks very much,


 on: July 23, 2014, 11:39:07 AM 
Started by 3guesses - Last post by 3guesses

I'm technically proficient but not overly experienced with Linux (for years now I have tended to install Slackware as part of a multiboot set-up on all my machines, but don't boot into it that often) and am very new to DSL.  I have set up a USB memory stick with multiple installation/live CD options using WinSetupFromUSB (which I heartily recommend) which seems to work fine for running DSL as a live CD.  However, I am having trouble installing it to the HDD on both my MSI laptop and Shuttle PC.

When I boot DSL from memory stick without any options it boots fine, but when I run "fdisk -l" in a terminal window it doesn't show the machine's HDD - on the Shuttle PC it shows nothing, and on the laptop it only shows the memory stick.

When I boot DSL from the memory stick using the "dsl sata" option, the boot process hangs very early on with the message "Loading sata_vsc.o..."

Both machines have SATA HDDs, and both are set to IDE emulation in the BIOS since I also have Windows 2000 and Windows XP installations on them (and I haven't looked into creating Windows installation CDs which incorporate the necessary SATA drivers).

Can anyone help with either the "fdisk -l" problem or the "Loading sata_vsc.o..." problem?

Thanks very much,


 on: July 19, 2014, 04:53:24 AM 
Started by sunshine - Last post by sunshine
I have it running well except Firefox comes up too big on the small screen on this tablet.

It is running at vga=786 using xfdev.

Any ideas?


 on: July 13, 2014, 12:50:41 AM 
Started by thyrsus - Last post by CNK
I looked but never found anything. Just had to wait it out (as I expect did you).

 on: July 13, 2014, 12:43:45 AM 
Started by Benny - Last post by CNK
The permissions errors are because some tasks must be done by the "root" user. Use the root terminal to execute commands (can be found in the Xshells menu of the DSL menu), or "emelfm as Super-User" which can be found in "Apps>Tools>Emelfm File Manager". You can also execute commands as root from a normal user terminal by preceding them with the "sudo" command, eg. "sudo nano /etc/fstab".

Extensions can be loaded by double clicking on them in Emelfm, or using the command "mydsl-load <extension name>". On a HDD install, ".dsl" and ".tar.gz" extensions will be permaently installed on the system while ".uci" and ".unc"  types will be gone at the next reboot. In a Frugal install, nothing stays. You can have them auto-load by placing them in a "mydsl" folder on a partition you specify in the menu.lst kernel line (see the "cheatcodes" page of the Wiki), or putting "mydsl-load" commands for each extension in the "/opt/bootlocal" file.

Did you get the floppy drive working, if you were only trying one disk it could have just gone bad.

 on: July 13, 2014, 12:01:28 AM 
Started by CNK - Last post by CNK
Thanks John, I was giving up hope on the Forum.

Strange what its done to the forum statistics though.

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