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Old 03-30-2014, 06:31 AM   #16
Didier Spaier
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Distribution: Slackware{,64}-{14.1,current} on a Lenovo Thinkpad W520
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Thanks astrogeek and j_v!

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So the only thing, I think, that would be different is that I do not see the same font in the initial screen.
That shouldn't be the case: all text displayed *before* you see:
<OPTION TO LOAD SUPPORT FOR ANOTHER KEYBOARD>
or its translation should use the same font as in the genuine Slackware installer, if you tried same Slackware edition and display mode (kms vs nomdeset). Only difference: in Slint installers for Slackware 14.1, "nomodeset" is the default for English, but "kms" is the default for other languages (but that can be changed).
Anyway in the new installers that I downloaded today (see below) you can switch to "legacy" display (no fbterm) just appending "fbt=no" (without the quotes) to the command line as indicated in instructions for testers (see the link below).

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I have only been successful in booting one of my machines from USB, unfortunately it fails with a black screen after the kernel loads, with or without the 'n' option. It is an Nvidia 6150SE graphics adapter and a 1368x768 flat panel screen.
Please provide if possible information requested in http://slint.fr/testing/INSTRUCTIONS_FOR_TESTERS.TXT that I just uploaded to help diagnose.

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I had noticed when I booted the cd, that there was a UEFI menu entry for the cd drive (as well as the standard cd drive entry) in my bios boot menu. So, I tried that and got a grub menu and a working keyboard. It booted fine from there. But, where as the fonts were a little bit large on the 32 bit install system booted on this machine, on 64 bit system they are huge. So big that the setup menu cannot display each entry on a single line.
Weird indeed, maybe the proper VESA modes couldn't be found? To help diagnose, please provide information requested in the just uploaded instructions also.

@All eager to help testing: just read this for instructions.

Last edited by Didier Spaier; 03-30-2014 at 01:49 PM. Reason: missing word "provide" added
 
Old 03-30-2014, 12:46 PM   #17
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@Didier Spaier:

I've gotten to the root of the oversized (seemingly) font size when booting from UEFI: efifb is used by default. By adding
Code:
video=efifb:off
to kernel command line, everything looks and works as I had seen when booting the 32 bit iso (very clear and visually pleasing font rendering, indeed).

As a side note, the other issue that I noticed with unresponsive keyboard is transient and no doubt another symptom of this mainboard's buggy bios,
or maybe the kvm switch I have between this machine and my local rsync server is also a problem. Either way, I think it is good to be aware of this
type of issue, but not necessary for slint to "fix".

I am going to make room on one of this machine's hdds and give slint a full trial. Thanks for all your efforts. I'm impressed by the results.

Cheers,
John

Edit:

Which wiki system are you using for your homepage? I like the layout. I looked at the page source, but either I missed it or it's not mentioned.
I'd like to use something similar on my lan's webserver.

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Old 03-30-2014, 02:42 PM   #18
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@j_v: thanks for your encouragement and your report, and thanks to our translators that do most of the job.

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Which wiki system are you using for your homepage? I like the layout. I looked at the page source, but either I missed it or it's not mentioned.
I'd like to use something similar on my lan's webserver.
Well, no wiki has been hurt to build slint's website

In fact it's only plain html code, without javascript or php. I made this choice to minimize the burden of maintenance. Also the pages are very light, so they are loaded quickly even with a slow connection.

The site is generated using Asciidoc document generator to convert text files to xhtml pages. You can clik on "Page source" at the bottom of left hand menu of most pages of the website to see the text file from which that page was generated.

If you want to use Asciidoc, you can have a look to the script build-slint-website.sh I use to fully re-generate slint's website every time. It could be faster but takes less than 3 minutes to re-generate the whole website (74 pages as of now). It could be simpler but you get the idea.

I have also borrowed (stolen?) most of the styles to Asciidoc's website.

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