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DSL is shelved as the safe choice that, although I know it works, is slightly too ugly for me to use it as anything but the last resort. I would use it over Puppy, but I'm hoping to find something similar to DSL with a slightly nicer UI.
Maybe there is some sort of UI mod somewere? i can look if you want me to, DSL livecd may have a few diff things.
    
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Maybe there is some sort of UI mod somewere? i can look if you want me to, DSL livecd may have a few diff things.
Yeah, if you don't mind. I get a little lost in desktop environments and window managers.
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Well i found a GUI with a windows-like look from what i can tell:
http://www.icewm.org/
I dont know how to install it, or how it looks but if you do end up trying it please post pics.
    
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Well i found a GUI with a windows-like look from what i can tell:
http://www.icewm.org/
I dont know how to install it, or how it looks but if you do end up trying it please post pics.
Icewm is supposed to be installed as part of DSL, although I don't know if it's the latest version, or if it's enabled by default or anything.
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Greetz
Even though they sometimes bring out the best, I hate deadlines. I mean everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die, Anyway I'm just sort of regrouping here. You do have a safety net right? Both Puppy and Slax (which you liked enough to want to install) work the way you want as is, yes? Is there a compelling reason to not use the Live CDs as base OpSys and offload whatever you want to hard drive?

Edit Screenie of v06 Slax Remix (will upload v7 soon)

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post #47 of 48
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Salix is on, and it's staying on. I realised that I had tried it out back when I thought you set up a swap partition by making a standard partition and mounting it as /swap (I have no idea why I thought that, but honestly, it made sense at the time). It is much faster when it's installed properly than it is when it's installed with 192 MB of RAM and no swap space.

So: it's either the VESA drivers or the other ones that like my monitor and let it be 1024x768. How can I tell which ones my laptop is using, and how can I switch to the other one?
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Greetz
There is a great combo of cause and effect in these two files

Cause - " /etc/X11/xorg.conf "

Effect - (more accurately, report on effect) " /var/log/Xorg.0.log "

By changing the cause and monitoring the effect you can hone your entire Xorg response including display which is an interplay between video card and monitor. Of the two "monitor" is the most problematic. Modern Xorg combined with HAL, DBUS, EVDEV, etc does a very good job of communicating with hardware and giving it what it needs but the hardware has to participate and many monitors don't or don't do it with any degree of thoroughness. It would help if you look up exact monitor specs if they are available,

There are tools to help such as "nvidia-settings" for nvidia cards. ATi has a similar tool but I don;t know it's name. There are command line tools like "xrander" but start with "xorg.conf". There might even be posts by others with your monitor with their file changes. Search specifics.
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