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Old 08-23-2006, 03:58 PM   #1
gigi1234
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FromHD Install Old Laptop X server errors


Hello All,

I want to run DSL on an old laptop (P1, 1.4 GB HD, 16 MB RAM) currently running Tiny Linux. I cannot boot from the cd so I figured out a way to mount a zip drive in Tiny and copy the Knoppix filesystem over to a small FAT32 partition (hda3). Then I use the DSL boot floppy to boot up and choose:

Quote:
dsl fromhd=/dev/hda3 lowram vga=normal
I do have a swap partition too.

When I arrive at run level 2 I get an error saying something about not finding a ramdisk in fstab or something else (it goes by too fast).

But the process continues until run level 5 where I see:

Quote:
X auth creating new authority file /home/dsl/ .Xauthority

giving up

xinit No such file or directory (errno2)unable to connect to X server

xinit No such process (errno3): server error
Does anyone have any ideas what is going on here? I am not a total noob, but close. I am trying to upgrade the RAM but 40 MB would be the maximum on this machine. Would that help? Thanks!
 
Old 08-27-2006, 06:58 PM   #2
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If you are getting to run level 5 then the next step should be to run x desktop..bit of a noob myself but did you try adding dsl xsetup to your boot...this may run xsetup at the point in question and ask a few questions related to mouse vid settings and keyboard..if answered correctly it should then boot x desktop... if you have a reasonable swap file then ram is not so much an issue..I am running a hdd install non frugal on a pent166 with 32 meg ram and a swap file...the swap has to be ON ...may question the fat32 but not sure..hope you get up and running...dsl is much nicer than tiny in my opinion.

Last edited by thisbl3; 08-27-2006 at 07:07 PM.
 
Old 09-07-2006, 06:40 PM   #3
gigi1234
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I finally got my RAM upgrade (a big 40MB total laughable). And now X seems to work. I get past runlevel 5 and some kind of display comes up. But it is weird-all the colors seem reversed. Where it should be white it is black so everything is really dark.

Anyone have a thought about this?

Thanks for all previous responses!

And future ones too.
 
Old 09-07-2006, 06:55 PM   #4
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try xvesa setup, and set ur display to 800x600 16 bits try this
 
Old 09-08-2006, 06:30 AM   #5
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For some reason I can only run X-setup not xvesa. In x-setup I have tried these values but no luck.

Are xsetup and xvesa different?

I am confused.
 
  


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