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Old 07-19-2011, 03:40 PM   #1
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installing dsl (damn small linux) in ram

is it possible to install dsl in you computers ram with out a harddisk or usb? if so then how?

i have a old dell latitude laptop (300mhz 64mb ram 2mb video) and it has a very slow cd drive and no option in the bios to boot from usb. i want to have this laptop to have dsl as its primary os.

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Old 07-19-2011, 04:09 PM   #2
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You can only run live session with no place to put Damn Small Linux to.

You need some kind of drive to put the install to. Ram loses changes after shutdown.

If you had 128MB of ram. You could probably run a save file on cd using Puppy 2.14 by

Damn Small Linux as far as I know needs a drive to install to.
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Welcome to the forums!

Since this is your first post I will assume you are a Linux beginner (apologies if I guessed wrong).

DSL is obsolete and unsupported. So is your hardware. If this is your first experiment with Linux, you will have a bad experience.

If you want to have a pleasant first-time Linux experience then I suggest using a "distro" like Ubuntu or Mint on hardware that meets the following minimum requirements:

On the other hand maybe I have made incorrect assumptions about you and you actually have a very valid reason for using an obsolete Linux on a broken laptop from last century... in which I've probably just offended you and I'll stop typing now.

Either way welcome to the forums, it is a nice place to be!
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I think it is a boot option either on screen or with command like toram or such.
See this link for the cheatcodes.

I think it automatically copies to ram if there is enough ram. 64 meg I feel may be too small for a toram on dsl. Might see if slitaz would run in that ram.


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