This Thinkpad does not support hot swap therefore if I use the floppy drive to boot from secondary hard drive only which has lilo installed on it I cannot use the CDRW drive. Otherwise your CD won’t be bootable. A swap file lets you use part of the hard disk as if it were RAM. That’s all I need it to do. If hotplugging is a necessary feature for you you may want to upgrade. It stands for Direct Memory Access. For example, suppose you have Windows

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However, Knoppix version 3. Sometimes the Linux users’ identification corrects mistakes made by hardware vendors!

Find More Posts by dgr After loading the kernel and the base system, Knoppix looks to see how much RAM is left. The hardware identification strings are mostly provided by Linux users, rather than the hardware vendors themselves. Need help running Linux on your netbook?

Knowing Knoppix/Identifying hardware

Knoppix takes over your CD drive and you can’t eject it during your session. Try inserting the card before booting the computer, see if that helps.

A newer version can be obtained from the Knoppix web site and from other vendors. If your BIOS does not support el torito booting from CD, you can create two bootable floppy disks by cpmcia from Knoppix running on a different machine the command “mkbootfloppy”, which will create a bootable Kernel-disk plus a disk containing the initial ramdisk, which will be prompted for at boottime.


The kernel and the base system takes about 20 Mb of RAM. I’ll try it out later this evening when I’m near my laptop.

You can then take the Knoppix CD out of the drive. Took me a couple weeks to get everything up and running properly. A newer version of Knoppix may help. I’m trying to do the same thing from a kingston ata pcmcia 5gb drive.

These options let you fine-tune Knoppix for your particular hardware. For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. You only need to copy the CD image to the hard disk once. Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free. I don’t know how safe is this frequent change of settings for the general well being of the flash memory where BIOS resides though.

Retrieved from ” https: Join our community today! To get a listing of the hard disk drives in the computer, including the make and pcmfia of each one:.


Knowing Knoppix/Knoppix boot options

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. For example, in two years of using Knoppix every day, I have had only one instance of wrongly identified hardware a fairly obscure sound card. Some Boards apparently don’t pass the proper memory size to the linux-kernel.

Knoppix should be able to identify most hardware made before that date except the very old or very rare.

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I have to hold down the power button to turn the pcmcua off. Also, do I need to do the same thing with the Internet superserver?

Visit the following links: Knoppix will start from CD, pick up the CD image from the specified device and continue loading. If you’d like to contribute content, let us know.

This is because Knoppix is not perfect sorry. However, you pay a performance penalty, because swap is much slower than physical RAM.