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sr #2947: ISA Soundcard Support and Remastersys HDD Installation Tips

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Submitted on:  Sun Aug 19 20:16:51 2012  
Category: AudioPriority: 5 - Normal
Severity: 3 - NormalStatus: None
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Sun Aug 19 20:16:51 2012, original submission:

I have used the Remastersys method ( to do a HDD install on pretty ancient hardware (266MHz i586 CPU, 96MB RAM). Running the LiveCD was painfully slow (19 minutes to boot), but this installation is reasonably snappy (4 minutes to boot). I had tried the Debian install method (, but could not get the system to boot after installation.

I do have a few tips for this Remastersys method:

1) See the “Installing DoudouLinux definitively” page for general information, including accessing console (

2) The Lenny repositories have been archived, so the following lines need to be added after registering the remastersys repository:

a. echo ‘deb lenny main non-free contrib’ >> $SOURCESLIST

b. echo ‘deb lenny/updates main non-free contrib’ >> $SOURCESLIST

3) The standard i686 release would not support my CPU, but the i486 release worked fine (

4) The computer that is currently running DoudouLinux did not have enough RAM to download all the updates to memory to perform the installation. I had to stick the HDD in a system with ample RAM to perform the installation and then replace it in the old system.

5) After the HDD install, my monitor was detected at a very low resolution. Removing resolution limits solved the problem (

6) The hardware detection at boot only appears to look for PCI sound cards. My ISA sound card was not automatically detected, but could be found by executing “alsaconf” as root. Executing “modprobe sb io=0x220 irq=5 dma16=5 mpu_io=0x330” as root enables sound in some contexts but not others. Anybody have any other ideas?



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