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Old 06-21-2008, 12:00 PM   #1
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Damn Small Linux and laptop issues - some solved, some not

I've been trying to fit Damn Small Linux to run on my computer (IBM ThinkPad 390E) but I've still got some work to do. Here's my system's specs:

IBM ThinkPad 390E
366 MHz
4,3 GB hard drive
800 x 600 display
CD-ROM drive
Floppy drive
ESS Technology ES1969 Solo-1 Audiodrive (rev 02) soundcard

Here's my checklist:

1. Get the Wifi working - done
- EDUP 54/11Mbps card with Ralink RT2500 chipset
- Got it working with these commands:
# ndiswrapper -i [location of the Rt2500.INF file]
# depmod -a
# modprobe ndiswrapper
# iwlist wlan0 scan
# iwconfig wlan0 essid [MYESSID] key s:[MYWEPKEY]
# ifconfig wlan0 up
# pump -i wlan0
- I had some problems in the beginning because I didn't know that Knoppix based systems use the "pump" command. Now I do

2. Get the OS freezing after 10 minutes of inactivity off - done
- In /etc/lilo.conf change these lines:
vga=normal -> vga=788
append="xmodule=fbdev fb800x600 xfbdev"
- Use Xfbdev instead of Xvesa

3. Resolve the instability/ freezing of the net connection - not done
- After the Wifi connection is established, browsing with Dillo or Firefox stops cold (the first online webpage, e.g. Google, will not get rendered wholly before the system freezes), freezing the whole system (the Caps Lock and Scroll Lock indicator lights both start to flash with a second interval below the laptop's display). Mouse and keypad don't work at all. The system is forced to be restarted manually.
- By downloading MyDSL apps the system may freeze when 70-80% of the downloading is done. Sometimes it does reach up to 100% and the system doesn't freeze then. I've only tried downloading the game Doom.

4. Get the sound working - not done
- As said, the soundcard is ESS Technology ES1969 Solo-1 Audiodrive (rev 02). I hope this card is supported by this OS and I would be glad to get it working.
- I haven't been found any solution yet, although I haven't done any serious in-depth research on this subject.

5. Resolve the backup/ restore problem - not done
- As I've downloaded Doom, then backup'd the system onto my USB drive (Kingston 1 GB), the restoration doesn't restore Doom after reboot. The USB drive is of course mounted before I try to backup.

I hope some of you real gurus out there would help me on these issues.
Old 06-21-2008, 12:12 PM   #2
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4. ESS_ES1938 that is the module

3. check RAM, hda. You are using a windows driver. So that can be due to the driver. Is nothing else available for the card?
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Originally Posted by amani View Post
4. ESS_ES1938 that is the module
I'll look into that later. Thanks

Originally Posted by amani View Post
3. check RAM, hda. You are using a windows driver. So that can be due to the driver. Is nothing else available for the card?
Maybe my RAM is too small. Well, I ordered a 128 MB memory chip so I'll get 128 MB + 32 MB memory when it arrives.

There is the RT2x00 project but a non-SMP kernel is needed for it, so that's it. Damn Small Linux has an SMP kernel if I'm not mistaken.
And I don't really know how to make it non-SMP, not to mention compiling the kernel


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