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The Debian-Stretch-Live Starter Kit
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Mon 16 Mar 2020, 07:16    Post subject:  

The Starter Kit and X video

The Starter Kit is pretty good at finding the right video driver for your hardware. However, Debian has dropped support for some old video cards. In this situation, X may automatically fall back to using the VESA driver (which is contained in the ISO) and boot successfully. This may also happen if you need to disable the kernel modesetting driver.

But not all video cards support VESA. If all else fails, here is a possible solution that uses framebuffer video instead. This for 64bit Buster.

1. Download the attached squashfs module and remove the fake .gz extension.
2. Starting with a bootable flash drive, put the module in its "live" folder.
3. Boot off the flash drive.
4. If X starts, install the Starter Kit to your hard drive as usual using the stretch-live-frugal-install tool.
5. Copy the framebuffer module to its "live" folder.
6. Reboot off the hard drive.

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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Tue 17 Mar 2020, 08:18    Post subject:  

NVIDIA Updates

Buster k4.19.0

a. The Stretch .deb package here appears to work OK in Buster.
b. If it does NOT support your video card, the best option is Method A.
c. I cannot get Method B to work with this kernel.

Buster k5.4.0.bpo - Method A

a. Add the following line to the file /etc/apt/sources.list
Code:
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ buster-backports main contrib non-free

b. Run: apt update Hint: Make sure that your time zone and clock are set correctly.
c. Follow the regular procedure but use
Code:
apt install -t buster-backports nvidia-xxx

Buster k5.4.0.bpo - Method B

a. You may need the NVIDIA 440-series source package with this new kernel.
b. Update your sources.list as above.
c. If you make your own mini-devx module, build it as usual.
d. Install two extra packages: pkg-config libglvnd-dev
e. Follow the regular procedure. At the end, ignore the error message about "nvidia-drm".
f. Reboot

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PostPosted: Wed 18 Mar 2020, 12:20    Post subject:  

How to build a squashfs module for Zoom video conferencing

This will be a third-party build with a guest user and an extra package. Read the instructions for the Google Chrome browser on Page 2.

1. Go to the Zoom site and download zoom_amd64.deb.
2. Download and extract the attached zoom-guest-setup script.
3. Run: repo2sfs zoom_amd64.deb
4. Include the extra packages: libnss3
5. At Pause B, open another terminal and run the setup script.
6. The module puts an entry in the Internet menu which starts a launcher in the system tray.

This has only been tested as far as the Zoom login screen, so I don't know how the audio/video works.
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PostPosted: Thu 19 Mar 2020, 09:45    Post subject:  

How to make a GRUB2 bootable flash drive

You may need GRUB2 to boot certain ISOs using a loop-mounting technique. There are two procedures depending on the machine that you plan to boot with the flash drive.

A. If the target machine is UEFI, the setup is easy. Read here and go to Step 5. This UEFI bootloader uses GRUB2.

B. If the target is BIOS, you need to install GRUB2 yourself.

1. Using repo2sfs, make a squashfs module of the Debian package "grub2".
2. Activate the module.
3. Format a flash drive as ext3/4. Make additional partitions as required.
4. Mount the flash drive. We will assume that it is device sdb.
5. Run these commands. As usual, make sure that you select the right device!
Code:
mkdir /mnt/sdb1/boot
grub-install --boot-directory=/mnt/sdb1/boot /dev/sdb

6. Your grub.cfg file will eventually go in /boot/grub of the flash drive.
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PostPosted: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 04:11    Post subject:  

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ethplorer

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PostPosted: Wed 25 Mar 2020, 08:31    Post subject:  

Can you please tell me what should be my parameters to boot this?
here is what i did. but didn't work.

Code:
#
title DebianStretch
root (hd0,0) <-- GRUB legacy, ex: hd1,0
uuid ed452e03-b2ce-4e0f-8428-263348161af0
kernel /DebianStretch/live/vmlinuz1 pmedia=atahd psubdir=DebianStretch
initrd /DebianStretch/live/initrd1.xz
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Wed 25 Mar 2020, 08:33    Post subject:  

Install it using the stretch-live-frugal-install tool. It will automatically generate the correct menu.lst entry.

There is a link on Page 1 for the tool. See #2.
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PostPosted: Wed 25 Mar 2020, 12:40    Post subject:  

ethplorer wrote:
Can you please tell me what should be my parameters to boot this?
here is what i did. but didn't work.

Code:
#
title DebianStretch
root (hd0,0) <-- GRUB legacy, ex: hd1,0
uuid ed452e03-b2ce-4e0f-8428-263348161af0
kernel /DebianStretch/live/vmlinuz1 pmedia=atahd psubdir=DebianStretch
initrd /DebianStretch/live/initrd1.xz
#


You are mixing in Puppy parameters.

Try

Code:
title DebianStretch
uuid ed452e03-b2ce-4e0f-8428-263348161af0
kernel /DebianStretch/live/vmlinuz1 noauto from=/DebianStretch/ changes=EXIT:/DebianStretch/
initrd /DebianStretch/live/initrd1.xz


Which I cribbed from my working:

Code:
title ChromeDog64NoNvidia from=ChromeDog64NoNvidia/ changes=EXIT:/ChromeDog64NoNvidia/
uuid 74b29a4d-f300-424c-8c48-d91a7xxxxxxx
kernel /ChromeDog64NoNvidia/live/vmlinuz1 noauto from=/ChromeDog64NoNvidia/ changes=EXIT:/ChromeDog64NoNvidia/
initrd /ChromeDog64NoNvidia/live/initrd1.xz


Or use the install program as rcrsn51 recommended.
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PostPosted: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 13:23    Post subject:  

How to make a USB boot drive for the Starter Kit

For newcomers to the Starter Kit project, here is a recipe for making an initial USB boot device.

A. You are a current Puppy user:

A1. The target machine is BIOS. There are two choices:

A11. Make an ISObooter flash drive from here. Use "non-Puppy" mode.
A12. Use the stretch-live-frugal-install tool from here. It has an option to put the Grub4Dos bootloader on the drive.

A2. The target machine is UEFI. Make a UEFI-bootable flash drive using the instructions here. Start at Step 5.

B. You are a current Ubuntu/Mint/etc. user:

B1. The target machine is BIOS. See the alternate instructions for ISObooter here.

B2. The target machine is UEFI. Make a UEFI-bootable flash drive using the instructions here. Start at Step 5.

C. You are starting from Windows:

C1. The target machine is BIOS. See the alternate instructions for ISObooter here.

C2. The target machine is UEFI. Make a UEFI-bootable flash drive using the instructions here. Start at Step 5.
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PostPosted: Tue 31 Mar 2020, 09:38    Post subject:  

Touchpad updated here.
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PostPosted: Sun 05 Apr 2020, 16:45    Post subject:  

Zoom update

The squashfs module built with the instructions above makes a fully compatible Zoom client.

I didn't try to run it as a meeting administrator.
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PostPosted: Mon 06 Apr 2020, 15:17    Post subject:  

This is the Buster Starter Kit on an old ThinkPad T61 with a Core2Duo CPU, 2GB RAM and NVIDIA graphics. The video can use either the nouveau modesetting driver or my NVIDIA vendor package from Stretch. It can render fullscreen YouTube video at 720p.

The new backlight control in Touchpad works with both drivers. The Centrino WiFi and Bluetooth audio work as expected.

The machine has a clean install of XP that I want to save for testing purposes. So I split off a Linux partition, flagged it as bootable and put Legacy GRUB Stage1 on the PBS. On a BIOS machine, this continues to be the simplest way to multi-boot without touching Windows.
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PostPosted: Sat 11 Apr 2020, 11:11    Post subject:  

Touchpad updated here.
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PostPosted: Thu 16 Apr 2020, 10:23    Post subject:  

PeasyPort updated here.

V3.0 completely removes pnscan in favour of busybox-pscan.
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PostPosted: Fri 24 Apr 2020, 09:37    Post subject:  

YASSM Samba share mounter updated here.

See the Update notes.
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