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PostPosted: Mon 11 Feb 2013, 12:21    Post_subject:  PuppyLinux as a standalone system
Sub_title: Very Reliable!

Hi, I've got a LITTER of PUPPIES here and all run without surprises!
One thing that I've found is a BIG PLUS about the Puppy versions
is, video detection on the video cards. I am in the process of
trying to get Debian 6 to detect an old Voodoo card. Debian
defaults to a 800x600 resolution and I've edited the usual Xorg
files with no success. Now, this problem is not associated with only
one video card. I've looked for video drivers for 5 different types of
video cards and so far no luck.

The OSs that are having problems concerning video detection:

(1) Debian 6.0.6 (defaults to 800x600)
(2) Ubuntu (defaults to 1024x768)
(3) Zenwalk 7 (defaults to 800x600)

Video Cards Tried:

(1) ATI Rage 128 Note, one worked while the other
one didn't on Debian?
(2) ATI Rage 128.
(3) Nvidea.
(4) ATI Radeon 9660.
(5) Voodo.

Note, the ATIs are all AGP cards the Voodoo and Nvidea PCI.

These systems are large systems that are in the wild and you
would think that there would be better detection code written
for them. The 800x600 resolution is absolutely not acceptable
on a monitor that is capable of running 1600x plus! I prefer to
run at 1152x864 and 1280x, 60-75 Hz Horizontal.

Zenwalk starts in 1280 on install and defaults to 800x600! Now,
that doesn't make sense. All of the programs do not list any
higher resolution choices. How is it that Microsoft can get
their act together concerning this video detection?

Their hasn't been one PUPPY that hasn't given me a choice
concerning video options! I know from experience that the
Puppy programming community has their act together! They
have a DIVERSE set of choices concerning what Puppy would
fit on your desktop. The OSs are SOLID and no surprises, a BIG

I would like to see a feature available to make a PUPPY a
standalone OS with an option for support in case something
causes problems with startup. This is already available with
the startup using the cdrom boot disks and flash drives. In
other words, a running Puppy as a predominate OS on the HDD.

The PUPPIES are fast and could be faster if their files resided on
a hard-disk versus a cdrom or even a flash drive. I've noticed that
speed is not up to par compared to the high speed HDDs. Speed
would be a real plus using the SSDs. Presently, I'm on an old AMD
300 Mhz. machine with the old reliable Wary Puppy. How sure am I
on reliability of these OSs? I just rebuilt a HDD and put Win'98 OS
on the drive. Windows 2000 was on it and it had problems starting
so I went ahead Nuked it and loaded Win'98 DOS just as a clean
DOS drive. I booted from CD to run Wary Pup.
I used Wary to write this message on first startup, Wary not saved.

P.S. Wary runs good on old systems too.

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PostPosted: Mon 11 Feb 2013, 12:31    Post_subject: Re: PuppyLinux as a standalone system
Sub_title: Very Reliable!

kb9ezl wrote:
I would like to see a feature available to make a PUPPY a standalone OS

All Puppies have an option to install to the hard drive. Look in the Setup menu for the Puppy Universal Installer. Also, read here.
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