Duncan R. Bell
Joined: Mar. 2004
||Posted: Mar. 23 2004,13:58
I hope this helps someone else!
I have spent a few hours trying to install DSL on an old laptop (bought 1987) with Pentium 166. It has a problem with its PCMCIA slots, and advanced power management, which are another issue: the main problem was that I couldn't get DSL to display properly.
I tried lots of different combinations of display settings (thanks for all the postings on this subject!).
I ended up displaying DSL with a variety of background colours: green, blue, grey, creamy, often very grainy. The screen texts were illegible.
In the end, this is what worked:
At the boot: prompt, enter
fb800x600 knoppix nopcmcia noapm
and press <Return>. (If you have no problem with your PCMCIA card manager, or advanced power management, you don't need "knoppix nopcmcia" and/or ("knoppix") "noapm").
At the "servers" prompt, select "xfbdev server" (not the default!)
and press <Return>.
Select the USB mouse and other options to suit your system!
It's lovely when it works