Joined: Jan. 2004
||Posted: July 27 2004,23:56
With Dell XP computers, be sure and enter "vga=normal" at the boot: prompt.
I have one with a 17 inch ultrasharp monitor, P4 HT, 1 GB ram, etc.
and found this to be necessary.
One nice thing about the 1 gig of ram, you can also do it like this:
boot: knoppix vga=normal restore toram
I have my dial up settings, email, etc. on a flloppy, and the entire /knoppix
folder on the CD is copied to the memory. Then you can use XMMS to play
music CD's, and the computer runs very quiet, with the big hard drive not
being used at all. Also, it's very fast, as nothing has to be paged out of the Damn
Small CDROM, it's already in RAM.
Have to use an external hardware modem connected to a serial port
to use dial up,however, as the winmodem supplied by DELL won't get
detected. I do use wvdial in my remaster, on top of Damn Small 6.2.
All 6x and 7x Damnsmalls do not use wvdial, so a lot of modems get
undetected by these DSL versions. Version 5.3 will work, however, with
wvdial included in that. Also, you can download and use Luit Linux, it's
very nice, and has wvdial.
Also, don't try to copy your /knoppix folder to the hard drive, and try and
use a boot floppy. The DELL motherboard uses an odd hard drive setup,
and so /dev/hda1 is not found by the floppy. You can copy /knoppix to the
hard drive, but the floppy cannot locate it. Just run off the CD, and use the
"toram" option, and you are good to go.
Rapidweather Remaster of DSL:
Rapidweather Remaster of Knoppix Linux: