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Old 07-21-2009, 01:59 PM   #16
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Yeah, niels.horn is The Master Of Old Slack.
 
Old 07-21-2009, 02:16 PM   #17
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Lightbulb "lpsci" command results

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Agreed -- and on the very subject of that modem, if the OP could tell us what kind of modem it is, we can point you in the right direction.

The command 'lspci' given in a console as root should give us some info to get started.

Sasha

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Hello All,

I ran the"lpsci" command as requested by Sasha and here is what I got.

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX - 82443bx Host (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI Bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX - 82443bx AGP ( rev 03 )
00:02.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments : Unknown device ac1b ( rev 03 )
00:02.01 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments : Unknown device ac1b (rev 03)
00:03.0 Communication controller: Lucent Microelectronics: Unknown device 0449 (rev 01)
00:06.0 Multimedia Audio controller: Cirrus Logic: Unknown device 6003 (rev 01)
00:07.0 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371ab piix4 isa (rev 02)
00:07.1 IDE Interface: Intel Corp. 82371ab piix4 ide (rev 01)
00:07.2 USB controller: Intel Corp. 82371ab piix4 usb (rev 01)
00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB piix4 acpi (rev 03)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Neomagic Corp. Unknown device 0006

Which one is the modem??

Thanks,

Brian Gallagher
 
Old 07-21-2009, 02:18 PM   #18
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I should think this one:
00:03.0 Communication controller: Lucent Microelectronics: Unknown device 0449 (rev 01)
 
Old 07-21-2009, 02:23 PM   #19
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Post source of Linux Slackware (v. 4.0)

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Is anyone curious where the OP got version 4.0?????

Any chance this is a joke?

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Pixellany,

Here is the website in which I obtained the files for Linux Slackware v. 4.0.

http://tiny.seul.org/en/

Thanks,

Brian
 
Old 07-21-2009, 02:32 PM   #20
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Well can't find it there, just an old abandoned Linux distro, but this is an actual download location for Slackware 4.0: http://riksun.riken.go.jp/pub/pub/Li...slackware-4.0/

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Old 07-21-2009, 02:36 PM   #21
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I can faintly remember Slack 3.something.

The Disks or CDROM that you installed from should have XFree86 included. As I recall X was setup using the same menu system as the the initial installation.

And as far as modems go, I used an external modem which was accessed by making an entry in /etc/inittab. Kind of set it us as a terminal using that method.

You have really jumped onto the way-back machine. Good luck

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Hello,

I installed Linux Slackware v. 4.0 thru a series of floppy disks. I was able to get the "A" series [Base Installation] and "N" series [Networking] installed. But when it came to the "X" series [XFree86] the files were too big, randomly ordered and no "Readme" file to help me pick the appropriate files to install XFree86. Therefore, there I was unable to install XFree86.

Any ideas to solve this?

Thanks,

Brian
 
Old 07-21-2009, 02:55 PM   #22
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An installation .iso should have everything, available here:
http://slackware.cs.utah.edu/pub/sla...kware-4.0-iso/
 
Old 07-21-2009, 03:11 PM   #23
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I have Slackware 4.0 running on a laptop - a 486 processor with 20MB of RAM and a 300MB hard disk. And no, I am not joking.
It is not a computer I use every day, but I fire it up once in a while and access it via SSH.
It is connected to the internet through a 3Com PCMCIA card (10Mb TP to my LAN).

@GrapefruiTgirl: You were born already when Slack4 came out... Unless you are less than 10 now

If this *is* a serious request, I can try to offer some help, but I do not have the Slackware 4.0 installation with me right now, so I'll only be able to check things at night (Rio time)

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Niels.Horn,

Thank you for the reply. This posts seems to describe my situation perfectly. Here is how it is.

I have an older laptop computer that is slow running with Windows. I really do like the laptop but hate the fact that it totally underperforms while running Windows. So, what is the solution? Linux, right? I have always heard that Linux is less taxing on the computer hardware, especially older computers.

My chief problem is that Linux and line commands are totally new to me. There just seems to be so much to learn and grasp in order for this to work. But despite that, I want this to work.

What is my objective?

1. Use Linux to access the internet through modem.

2. Use Linux to access the internet through plug-in ethernet device in which I plug into my computer. Device specifications are Xircom RealPort Ethernet 10/100 RE-100. [Note, I have a wireless router, with plug-in ethernet holes if necessary, and a functional internet Comcast signal operating now.]

3. Possibly, use linux to access the internet thru plug-in wireless card device. [Device specs: Belkin Wireless Notebook Network Card 802.11g 2.4 GHz]

4. Install X Window environment

5. Install some program equal to Microsoft Office so I can create word documents, spreadsheets, and/or presentations.


Now that you see my objective list, what would you recommend? Is this list too complicated to achieve under Slackware 4.0 AND with a newbie Linux user?

If this is too complicated, in your opinion, what would you recommend as an alternative?

My computer is a IBM Thinkpad 600X laptop. It is a PIII at about 500 MHz processor (Intel). Total hard drive is about 5 GB. RAM is about 130 MB. CD-ROM bay. External floppy disk reader.


Lastly, if you do recommend another alternative, could you possibly recommend something in which I can install thru floppy or is that just not realistic at this point?

Thanks,

Brian
 
Old 07-21-2009, 03:47 PM   #24
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That lucent modem is almost certainly a winmodem. Good news: after all this time it's probably supported. Bad news: not sure whether an old version of slack will support the latest winmodem software. Haven't used ltmodem myself, but supposedly it supports that thing.
 
Old 07-22-2009, 10:42 AM   #25
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I have two lucent modems with differrent chipsets. The one I was able to get to work had a mars dsp chipset in it. I had to compile the driver, which I got from here http://linmodems.technion.ac.il/ repository here http://linmodems.technion.ac.il/packages/ the driver you need is called ltmodem. you will have to get the ltmodem driver that is for your kernel version. here is a list of the different driver versions http://linmodems.technion.ac.il/pack...em-martian.txt the other lucent modem had an older chipset and I was never able to get it to work. On my slackware 10.2 I had to compile the driver. Puppy is a distro that is good for older hardware and has good modem support. Puppy installed the modem with the mars chipset with the connection program that puppy has.

Last edited by colorpurple21859; 07-22-2009 at 10:52 AM.
 
Old 07-22-2009, 11:28 AM   #26
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Quote:
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I have an older laptop computer that is slow running with Windows. I really do like the laptop but hate the fact that it totally underperforms while running Windows. So, what is the solution? Linux, right? I have always heard that Linux is less taxing on the computer hardware, especially older computers.

---snip---

My computer is a IBM Thinkpad 600X laptop. It is a PIII at about 500 MHz processor (Intel). Total hard drive is about 5 GB. RAM is about 130 MB. CD-ROM bay. External floppy disk reader.
Brian,

I had a PIII-800 that I used to run Slackware 12.2 until just a month ago when I finally upgraded. Your computer will run the latest Slackware just fine. You may want to use a different window manager than KDE if you find it too slow. KDE can be tweaked to be a lot faster, but XFCE, Fluxbox, and several other lighter-weight window managers come with Slackware.

Are you able to burn CDROMs; maybe on another computer?

If so, then download the ISO files and install the latest Slackware release: 12.2.

If you're new to Linux and Slackware, please check out the wiki here for a lot of information on getting Slackware set up:

http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Slackware-Links

After that, please feel free to ask a lot of questions. It's how we all learned.

Regards,
 
Old 07-22-2009, 12:31 PM   #27
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I must agree that the possibility of success with a newer version of Slackware is much greater.
It will be easier to find drivers and to find people who can help you with advice.

Installing and configuring Slackware 4.0 can be a lot of fun if you like challenges.
I have almost all Slackware versions (as old as 1.01) installed in VMs and sometimes play with them in a virtual network. They are great for testing if programs work with older kernels, older versions of KDE, X, etc.

I remember installing a Xircom Realport ethernet adapter in Slackware at some time, but I don't remember the version and I do not have the adapter any more. But it is possible to get it to work.
The wireless adapter might be more complicated in older versions. I think Slackware 4.0 was not so prepared for wireless adapters (but my memory might be failing - I started playing with wireless only a couple of years ago).

WinModems are a possible source of head-aches. I have managed to get two Conexant modems to work in Slackware in the past (one in a laptop, another in a cheap no-brand desktop with everything on-board). Once configured they work fine, but I have heard several stories of people not having success with WinModems.

I would suggest concentrating on an ethernet connection, unless you really need the mobility and go to places where no network is available.

If you have any more doubts or questions, feel free to ask!
 
Old 07-22-2009, 08:17 PM   #28
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Side question here... I recently also put Slackware 4.0 on an IBM Thinkpad 760E. But I can't get into KDE. I edited /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xinit/xinitrc and added exec /opt/kde/bin/startkde at the end. (it use to just say startkde but that gave me an error, it said the command startkde was not recognized or something to that effect, so I just told it where the file was).

Now, I run startx I get this:

(X server loads, I get the screen with the large X cursor in the middle, mouse tracks it). Then the screen goes black and I am back to the command line, with this error).

/opt/kde/bin/startkde: kcontrol: command not found
/opt/kde/bin/startkde: kaudioserver: command not found
exec: kwmsound: not found
exec: kfm: not found
exec: krootwm: not found
exec: kpanel: not found
exec: kwm: not found

waiting for X server to shut down.

(I installed Slackware 4.0 from disks, then configured my Lan card, got online, grabbed the other packages I needed and installed them individually, did I possibly miss a few? I didn't think so).
 
Old 07-22-2009, 08:21 PM   #29
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Brian,

I had a PIII-800 that I used to run Slackware 12.2 until just a month ago when I finally upgraded. Your computer will run the latest Slackware just fine. You may want to use a different window manager than KDE if you find it too slow. KDE can be tweaked to be a lot faster, but XFCE, Fluxbox, and several other lighter-weight window managers come with Slackware.

Are you able to burn CDROMs; maybe on another computer?

If so, then download the ISO files and install the latest Slackware release: 12.2.

If you're new to Linux and Slackware, please check out the wiki here for a lot of information on getting Slackware set up:

http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Slackware-Links

After that, please feel free to ask a lot of questions. It's how we all learned.

Regards,

----------------

Lufbery,

Update: After reading the posts of others and finally making a decision, I decided to wipe Linux Slackware v 4.0 from my computer and wanted to start fresh.

I have downloaded the ISO files from Slackware 10.2 [ CD1 and CD2 ] from the following website, http://slackware.cs.utah.edu/pub/slackware/. I then used Roxio CD Creator to create new CDs. Note, I made sure to burn them as bootable CDs.

Next, I placed the CDs into my computer and turned the computer on. The computer turned on but did not boot from the CDs as I wanted. Next, I went into the BIOS and configured the computer to boot from CD-ROM before the floppy drive and/or the hard drive. I repeated the procedure and my computer still would not boot from CD. The computer then displayed a message in the top left corner: "I9990305" with a blinking cursor beneath it. I have done some research on this error message and found that it means no OS was found on the computer. Does this sound accurate to you all?

I am frustrated with this process because my Windows 2000 CD and OpenSolaris LiveCD will boot perfectly from the CD-ROM but the burned CD I made with Slackware 10.2 have not booted. As for my floppy drive, that will boot fine.

Does anyone have any solutions for me?


P.S. On another note, I wanted to thank you all for being so patient and willing to offer advise regarding my computer problems. You all have been a great source of information and computer know-how.
 
Old 07-22-2009, 09:49 PM   #30
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I think 19990305 means "no bootable device". It sounds like a problem with the CDs. Have you tested the CDs to see if they'll boot on another computer?

Did you burn these as data CDs? The ISO is a disk image. The file "slackware-10.2-install-d1.iso is already a bootable disk image. I don't know anything about Roxio, but usually there's an option to "Burn from Image" or "Create from ISO image".
 
  


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