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 on: April 12, 2015, 02:00:33 pm 
Started by tlcmd - Last post by mjstone
Like StrayBit said you are runnning from a live CD version.  Download the VL Light install version and burn it to disk then install from that.


 on: April 12, 2015, 11:18:14 am 
Started by tlcmd - Last post by StrayBit
If you are running VL off the CD, you are using the Live version.  Last week when I was looking at it, I saw an Install button under Menu/System.  You can tell it where you wanted it installed to.  I didn't need to use the partitioning under Install - not even sure if it is there - but Gparted (again under System) is in the Live version and I have used it on several occasions with out difficulty.  One thing I found the hard way with Windows 7 is that I needed the Windows CD before I could use Windows after I resized its partition.  Don't know if that applies to XP but would like to know as I may be doing an XP soon.  (I haven't used Partition Master so can't advise on it.)
During the installation process it will ask you a lot of questions.  Most of them are pretty easy to understand.  Just don't get in a hurry through them.  I have fallen victim to that many times, especially when setting Users and Passwords - make sure you have "saved" it BEFORE you hit Next.
Hope this helps.

 on: April 12, 2015, 07:52:51 am 
Started by tlcmd - Last post by tlcmd
Thanks for the encouragement. The info you gave me was wonderful and I will try VL Lite as you suggested. Here are my questions and problems. Remember, I warned you I was not the sharpest knife in the block.

1) There are no instructions given as to how to install VL. I've run it off the disk, but cannot find any instruction as to how to install it. Is there a link somewhere to which you can direct me?

2) I have a Partition master disk so I may partition the HDD prior to the install. Is that advisable or does VL Lite have a partition-er built in?

Thanks, I appreciate the advice.

 on: April 12, 2015, 05:31:14 am 
Started by tlcmd - Last post by mjstone
Howdy, I am a noobie to VectorLinux and just discovered it yesterday. Please put up with someone who need really simple instructions.

In searching for a Linux distro with a small footprint, VectorLinux was recommended. I have an ancient IBM Thinkpad with a 1.1 GHz Chip, 384 mb of RAM, and a 20 Gig HDD. This dual boot computer is to demonstrate to several friends that a small Linux Distro can run very well on an "Antique" computer alongside Windows.

 I have searched for instructions as to how to do a dual install and not found any.

Would someone please refer me to a link which shows the simplest way to install VectorLinux for a dual boot with Windows XP?

Thank you,

Vector works really well on  an "ancient IBM Thinkpad".  I have it installed on one a little bit more "ancient" than yours.  And yes it is multi-boot.  My ThinkPad is a 600.  I've got the same amount of ram and HD as you have, but its only a 400 Mhz Pentium II CPU.  I'd recommend using VL Light instead of the Standard package.  There are an number of small Desktops that work with Xwindows that you can chose from when you install VL.  I like the LXDE desktop.

When you install Linux you need to make sure you create at least 2 partitions for it.  One partition is the swapfile partition.  I like to put this at the very end of the drives free space.  I would recommend about a 512 MB swap partition.  If you make a root partition, always called "/", of about 3.5 GB you should still have enough room for XP  to run ok.  Other partitions can be created but are not necessary  for Linux to run.  If the space isn't already free for these partitions you will have to resize your XP partition.  The VL install should be able to do this for you.

In order for linux to load you will chose between LILO and GRUB as your boot loader.  I've used both on various installations that I'm currently using.  My IBM TP600 has LILO and my Gateway is using GRUB.  Either loader will see your XP partition and put them in its boot menu.  My Gateway has a rescue partition that has the factory restore software in it and GRUB even sees this partition and adds it to the menu.

VL saw all the hardware on my TP600 without a problem.  My nic is a pcmcia card, a Cisco 350, and yours might be an internal card or something that is Windows only.  This sort of thing happened with my HP Mini.  The ndis-wrapper program solved this for me.  When it comes to hardware on all the different systems I've put Linux on, I've been very impressed with VLs compatibility.


 on: April 11, 2015, 11:49:12 pm 
Started by tlcmd - Last post by tlcmd
Howdy, I am a noobie to VectorLinux and just discovered it yesterday. Please put up with someone who need really simple instructions.

In searching for a Linux distro with a small footprint, VectorLinux was recommended. I have an ancient IBM Thinkpad with a 1.1 GHz Chip, 384 mb of RAM, and a 20 Gig HDD. This dual boot computer is to demonstrate to several friends that a small Linux Distro can run very well on an "Antique" computer alongside Windows.

 I have searched for instructions as to how to do a dual install and not found any.

Would someone please refer me to a link which shows the simplest way to install VectorLinux for a dual boot with Windows XP?

Thank you,

 on: April 11, 2015, 08:12:17 am 
Started by uelsk8s - Last post by retired1af
OK. This is starting to drive me absolutely nuts.

I swapped the internal wifi card out on the notebook to an Intel AC 7260. Fresh install of 7.1 STD (64-bit) RC4.2 results in no wireless card found.

Shows up in lspci:

02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 7260 (rev bb)

lsmod doesn't show the driver. So, modprobe iwlwifi appears to install however lsmod shows the following:

Module             Size       Used by
iwlwifi                75885    0
cfg80211          412000  1 iwlwifi
rfkill                  18744    2 cfg80211,bluetooth

retired1:$ dmesg | grep Intel
[    6.863954] input: HDA Intel PCH HDMI/DP,pcm=3 as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input14
[    6.864110] input: HDA Intel PCH Headphone as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input13
[    6.864263] input: HDA Intel PCH Mic as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input12
[    7.370194] Bluetooth: hci0: read Intel version: 3707100180012d0d00
[    7.418388] Bluetooth: hci0: Intel Bluetooth firmware file: intel/ibt-hw-37.7.10-fw-
[    7.567143] Bluetooth: hci0: Intel Bluetooth firmware patch completed and activated
[  140.447504] Intel(R) Wireless WiFi driver for Linux, in-tree:
[  140.447507] Copyright(c) 2003-2013 Intel Corporation

$ iwconfig
eth0      no wireless extensions.

lo        no wireless extensions.

root:# modinfo iwlwifi
filename:       /lib/modules/3.12.16/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi/iwlwifi.ko
license:        GPL
author:         Copyright(c) 2003-2013 Intel Corporation <>
version:        in-tree:
description:    Intel(R) Wireless WiFi driver for Linux
firmware:       iwlwifi-100-5.ucode
firmware:       iwlwifi-1000-5.ucode
firmware:       iwlwifi-135-6.ucode
firmware:       iwlwifi-105-6.ucode
firmware:       iwlwifi-2030-6.ucode
firmware:       iwlwifi-2000-6.ucode
firmware:       iwlwifi-5150-2.ucode
firmware:       iwlwifi-5000-5.ucode
firmware:       iwlwifi-6000g2b-6.ucode
firmware:       iwlwifi-6000g2a-5.ucode
firmware:       iwlwifi-6050-5.ucode
firmware:       iwlwifi-6000-4.ucode
srcversion:     D620D2EC19F8C5D11934C88
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000892sv*sd00000462bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000893sv*sd00000262bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000892sv*sd00000062bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000894sv*sd00000822bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000894sv*sd00000422bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000895sv*sd00000222bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000894sv*sd00000022bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000088Fsv*sd00005260bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000088Esv*sd00004860bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000088Esv*sd0000446Abc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000088Esv*sd00004460bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000088Fsv*sd0000426Abc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000088Fsv*sd00004260bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000088Esv*sd0000406Abc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000088Esv*sd00004060bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000887sv*sd00004462bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000888sv*sd00004262bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000887sv*sd00004062bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000890sv*sd00004822bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000890sv*sd00004422bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000891sv*sd00004222bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000890sv*sd00004022bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000896sv*sd00005027bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000896sv*sd00005025bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000897sv*sd00005017bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000897sv*sd00005015bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000896sv*sd00005007bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000896sv*sd00005005bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d000008AEsv*sd00001027bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d000008AEsv*sd00001025bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d000008AFsv*sd00001017bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d000008AFsv*sd00001015bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d000008AEsv*sd00001007bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d000008AEsv*sd00001005bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000084sv*sd00001316bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000084sv*sd00001216bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000083sv*sd00001326bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000083sv*sd00001226bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000083sv*sd00001306bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000083sv*sd00001206bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000084sv*sd00001315bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000084sv*sd00001215bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000083sv*sd00001325bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000083sv*sd00001225bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000083sv*sd00001305bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000083sv*sd00001205bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000886sv*sd00001317bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000886sv*sd00001315bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000885sv*sd00001327bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000885sv*sd00001325bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000885sv*sd00001307bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000885sv*sd00001305bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000089sv*sd00001316bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000089sv*sd00001311bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000087sv*sd00001326bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000087sv*sd00001321bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000087sv*sd00001306bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000087sv*sd00001301bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000091sv*sd00005226bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000091sv*sd00005225bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000091sv*sd00005221bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000091sv*sd00005207bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000091sv*sd00005206bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000091sv*sd00005205bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000091sv*sd00005201bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000090sv*sd00005216bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000090sv*sd00005215bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000090sv*sd00005211bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000008Bsv*sd00005317bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000008Bsv*sd00005315bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000008Asv*sd00005327bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000008Asv*sd00005325bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000008Asv*sd00005307bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000008Asv*sd00005305bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000082sv*sd00001305bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000082sv*sd00001304bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000082sv*sd00004820bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000085sv*sd0000C228bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000085sv*sd0000C220bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000082sv*sd0000C020bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000085sv*sd00001316bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000085sv*sd00001318bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000085sv*sd00001311bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000082sv*sd00001328bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000082sv*sd00001326bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000082sv*sd00001321bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000082sv*sd00001308bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000082sv*sd00001307bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000082sv*sd00001306bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000082sv*sd00001301bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004239sv*sd00001316bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004239sv*sd00001311bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004238sv*sd00001118bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004238sv*sd00001111bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000422Csv*sd00001326bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000422Csv*sd00001321bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000422Csv*sd00001307bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000422Csv*sd00001306bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000422Csv*sd00001301bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000422Bsv*sd00001128bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000422Bsv*sd00001121bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000422Bsv*sd00001108bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000422Bsv*sd00001101bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Dsv*sd00001316bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Dsv*sd00001216bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Dsv*sd00001311bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Dsv*sd00001211bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Csv*sd00001326bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Csv*sd00001321bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Csv*sd00001221bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Csv*sd00001306bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Csv*sd00001206bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Csv*sd00001301bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Csv*sd00001201bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Bsv*sd00001011bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Asv*sd00001021bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Asv*sd00001001bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004236sv*sd00001114bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004236sv*sd00001014bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004236sv*sd00001111bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004236sv*sd00001011bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004235sv*sd00001104bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004235sv*sd00001004bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004235sv*sd00001101bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004235sv*sd00001001bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004235sv*sd00001124bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004235sv*sd00001024bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004235sv*sd00001121bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004235sv*sd00001021bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004237sv*sd00001316bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004237sv*sd00001216bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004237sv*sd00001315bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004237sv*sd00001215bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004237sv*sd00001314bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004237sv*sd00001214bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004237sv*sd00001311bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004237sv*sd00001211bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001326bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001226bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001325bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001225bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001324bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001224bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001321bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001221bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001306bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001206bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001305bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001205bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001304bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001204bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001301bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001201bc*sc*i*
depends:        cfg80211
intree:         Y
vermagic:       3.12.16 SMP preempt mod_unload
parm:           swcrypto:using crypto in software (default 0 [hardware]) (int)
parm:           11n_disable:disable 11n functionality, bitmap: 1: full, 2: disable agg TX, 4: disable agg RX, 8 enable agg TX (uint)
parm:           amsdu_size_8K:enable 8K amsdu size (default 0) (int)
parm:           fw_restart:restart firmware in case of error (default true) (bool)
parm:           antenna_coupling:specify antenna coupling in dB (defualt: 0 dB) (int)
parm:           wd_disable:Disable stuck queue watchdog timer 0=system default, 1=disable, 2=enable (default: 0) (int)
parm:           nvm_file:NVM file name (charp)
parm:           bt_coex_active:enable wifi/bt co-exist (default: enable) (bool)
parm:           led_mode:0=system default, 1=On(RF On)/Off(RF Off), 2=blinking, 3=Off (default: 0) (int)
parm:           power_save:enable WiFi power management (default: disable) (bool)
parm:           power_level:default power save level (range from 1 - 5, default: 1) (int)

Firmware IS installed to /lib/firmware, but not listed with modinfo iwlwifi command.

Dunno what the hell is going on, but I'm not a happy camper right now.

 on: April 10, 2015, 03:26:52 pm 
Started by crum - Last post by sledgehammer

Loaded VL7.1RC4.2 64 tonight.

BTW, I used lilo.

 on: April 10, 2015, 08:12:40 am 
Started by crum - Last post by crum
@Moe.I shall follow as instructed,only untested.Using STD RC4.2.

 on: April 10, 2015, 06:59:22 am 
Started by crum - Last post by M0E-lnx
I didn't say use untested AND extra... I said use ONLY untested.

If you come across missing packages, we need to request them to be built.

and FYI:  STD RC4.x and LIGHT RC1.x all use the same software sources... so if your LIGHT install can't find it in untested, neither can STD

 on: April 10, 2015, 06:31:52 am 
Started by crum - Last post by crum
I did as Moe suggested and only used 7.1 untested and 7.1 extra, I probably sound like broken record,some of you may not know what a record is, a flat round vinyl disk to play on a record player, back to discussion file-roller gone again and gparted as I said before I screw up alot and I like to start over packages I use keep coming and going.Why? I noticed today even xarchiver is missing and network manager perhaps in official repository I will check. I do like RC4.2. Maybe should be official release seems pretty stable for me.

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