Success with Fujitsu Lifebook 735Dx

This Pentium 133MMX laptop was made in 1998 and when I got it was running Windows 98 with 48MB of RAM.

I have upgraded the RAM to a maximum of 80MB.

The system does not have a CD-ROM so I used the floppy installation disks and delinet install to get a basic system, then deliget for the other aplications I needed. The laptop has a Cardbus slot so I was able to get PCMCIA services on the install diskette and later configure the machine to start up the PC Ethernet card and DHCP upon boot-up. I connect to a gateway and cable modem.

I am running Tiny-Xserver with the Vesa driver and IceWM to get a nice graphical desktop. There’s plenty of memory to run Firefox 1.5 and Gnumeric so I installed both.

I had to install the OSS soundblaster SB module manually to get sound working but now it’s OK.

Deli Linux is the only distro out there that would have installed this well and given such a pleasurable result. Thank you!

Ray MacDonald Almonte ON Canada

Success with Compaq Presario 4508

I’ve had this computer in the garage for so long, and had no clue what to do with it. It ran Windows 95 on a Pentium MMX, and only had about eight megabytes of RAM. One day, I decided to install Linux on it! Just like that. Out of the blue. I pretty much wanted to give up the installation after trying Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Puppy Linux, Damn Small Linux, and probably a few other distributions. None of them worked.

Then I found DeLi Linux. I was a little hesitant about trying it, because there was no LiveCD, but I erased the partitions, and it installed successfully! I did add another partition, though, as 256 MB swap space.

Thanks to all you guys! Matthew Mikolay

Success with Toshiba Satellite Pro 430CDS

My Toshiba 430CDS has 48 MB of Ram and a 3Com 3C574-TX “Fast EtherLink 16-Bit PC Card” and I had success installing Delili GNU/Linux. While this short statement is not a install complete report like some of the other detailed information on the same computer it may help others with similar hardware.

I used a boot floppy to assist the computer to recognize and utilize the install CD. Further information on Smart BootManager may be found at

The CD install worked right away giving me a graphical user interface the first time I issued startx.

I edited a few files from the command line to get the internet card going:

Added pcmcia in the last line of /etc/rc.conf now it has SERVICES=”pcmcia”

Added " sleep 10 " to the forth line of /etc/rc.d/net

Added i82365 to the PCIC= found on line 38 of /etc/rc.d/pcmcia so now it has PCIC=i82365

Starting it now involves login as root, “/etc/rc.d/net start”, and logout.

I setup a normal user with the root user command “adduser” and set up the window manager with “xwmconfig” as that user.

Dan Hunt St. Brieux Saskatchewan Canada

Success with Compaq Armada 1530D

This is an outline about my experience installing DeLi on a two very old Compaq Armada 1530D laptops. These are Pentium 133MHz machines with 1.2Gb HD, 48Mb ram and floppy, non-bootable CDROM and two PCMCIA slots. I have a D-Link DWL-G650 wireless card installed (Madwifi driver - see my post on this in the forums).

I had previously installed Damn Small Linux on one of these machines but gave up for two reasons:

a) DSLs Tiny-X windows drivers (Xvesa or Xfbdev) would refuse to work with the Cirrus Logic chips on this machine and I would get the screen looking like a photo negative.

b) I could only use DSL 2.1b and not upgrade to the more recent ones because DSL had reverted to an older version of cardmgr in later versions which would not work with the wifi card on this machine.

I burnt the latest version on DeLi on CD, got a floppy with SmartBootManager on it and then booted off floppy to allow me to then boot off the CDROM image. Installation was easy with no problems.

I initially tried the Tiny X server with the Xvesa setting but this gave me the same problems as DSL (photo negative screen). I changed this to Xfbdev Xorg at 800×600 and 8 bits, Cirrus GD754X chipset, Vesa screen, icewm manager and the desktop came up fine (256 colours). Tried other combinations up to 16 bits but they would not work. Apparently XFree86 3.3 can work with this in 16bpp mode but I did not try this. The supplied Xorg server would not work at all otherwise works fine.

I have replaced the KonqE browser with Firefox from the Deli32 ports. IceWM menu was updated for Firefox by editing the menu.conf file in .icewm directory under home.

Autostartup of PCMCIA services was done by adding “modprobe carmgr” in the /etc/rc.local file and then adding all the madwifi startup commands in the same file.

Occasionally, PCMCIA wifi card would lock up and freeze the PC but ejecting and re-inserting the card would fix this. I think this is either due to card services or Madwifi Not sure what causes this as similar problems occur with a fixed ethernet PCMCIA card. I tried to update pcmcia-cs to 3.2.8 but am not sure this worked as dmesg output still showed cardservices as 3.1.22. More investigation appeared to show that this lockup problem was due to insufficient processor power. When CPU load was too high (eg running XMMS or web page having too many animations), the wifi card locked up the system.

Sound was activated by putting “modprobe sb” in the /etc/rc.local file but this resulted in an interrupt conflict. I then experimented with assigning other interrupts by setting “modprobe sb irq=n” where n was set to any free interrupts found by typing “cat /proc/interrupts”. Interrupt 9 worked.

XMMS now works with 128kbps MP3s (just) if no other applications are running.

The 256 colour limit prevents me from seeing any photos using gtksee but Firefox seems to work OK if you put the address of the folder where the photos are, eg, file:///mnt/cdrom/ as the URL. Xpaint also works but results in high processor load with digicam photos.

Power management (APM) also seems to work OK as long as I do a “modprobe apm” at boot. I can then hit the power button anytime and the PC goes into standby. The wireless connection is not lost when I restore which is also quite good.

All in all the machine runs well on DeLi and allows me to web-browse, play music, check e-mails, do simple documents and handle a wireless connection so I am quite happy.


Success with IBM Thinkpad 365

I have this old IBM Thinkpad which uses 14 MB RAM (4MB + 8MB) with a 480×620 screen and has been sitting around as junk lately. I removed Windows 98 which crashes often and tried to install DeLi. With the external floppy drive broken and the CD drive not bootable, I couldn’t do anything at first. Then an idea of LiveCD Installations hit me.

I took out the hard disk, transplanted it to my friend’s Toshiba Satellite and installed DeLi on the disk. I had to make sure the LiLo geometry (layout of disks) was as close as possible by rearranging the Primary/Slave dive jumpers. Once done, I transfered the disk back into the Thinkpad and it runs nicely. I needed to reconfigure lots of things such as the X Window but it all worked out in the end.

The disk checking was slow but that was mainly due to the disk’s speed. The sound card does not work but everything else works fine. The speed was not very fast but at least a lot faster than Windows 98.

DeLi works like a charm and nice to use.


Partial Success with IBM Thinkpad 370C

This report will be very brief.

The 370C came standard with only 4MB of RAM. However, the one I was given, by a person who had been planning to throw it out, had 8MB of RAM, so I decided to try DeLi Linux on it. Unsurprisingly, given its age, the computer had no optical drive or USB port, just a floppy disk drive and a hard disk drive.

I was able to install the basic DeLi Linux packages on it via the null modem method and haary also gave me instructions in the Installation forum on how to install the non-base packages via null modem as well.

The computer used the WD90C24A chipset in its video adapter and so I used the xf86_336-server package in order to run X.

The computer had 2 PCMCIA ports, but they were of the 16-bit type. I had a 3com Ethernet card of that vintage and it did work with DeLi Linux.

However, in the end, I will not be using the computer, because it ran too slowly in X.

I will now try to use DeLi Linux with another old computer given to me by the same person who gave me the 370C. The second computer has 16MB of RAM and I hope that it will run at an acceptable speed in X.


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