[BL] BL3 Preliminary report
keesan at iamjlamb.com
Tue Mar 9 12:12:29 EST 2004
On Tue, 9 Mar 2004 3aoo-cvfd at dea.spamcon.org wrote:
> Sindi Keesan wrote:
> > I read readme and noted that BL3 is supposed to work on a
> > 386 with 3M RAM.
> You definitely need swap to boot with 3mb RAM. It will
> be tight. If that system takes a chunk of RAM for shadow
> RAM, it might not boot.
I think you can usually turn off shadow RAM in CMOS.
> > But the hard drive is 30M total and I certainly do not have
> > 25M free space on it. Why do we need so much free disk space?
> To provide room for a large application (like Netscape 3.04).
> I suggest you do df from inside BL3. You will probably be
How much space do you need if not running additional applications, just
what came with BL3 (links, mail), in addition to space for the unzipped
> > I looked in /usr/bin and found microcom. Typing microcom --help
> Unfortunately, microcom does not recognize a help parameter.
> To get help, do:
> man microcom
If I had read the instructions FIRST I would have known that, but it was
rather late, and the monitor (9") was at knee level because we had two
computers strung together for plip and I was reading one and running the
other. I should be able to figure it out today. I am curious and will
check how you set up the man pages - with man2html/zless/links, or plain
I see why you don't plan to make this version work with standard packages
- this way you can put things in nontraditional places to simplify (all
the man pages in one directory).
> > At some point I got some instructions to specify the com port
> > with microcom -D/dev/ttyS1 but when I did that it crashed.
> That doesn't sound good. Are you sure it crashed? When I did:
> microcom -D/dev/ttyS2 ## my modem is on COM3
> I got no acknowledment (just a blank screen). But then I entered:
I got no blank screen - it just hung until I hit Ctrl-C, at which point I
typed Ctrl-Alt-Del and saw 'segmentation fault' just before reboot. It is
possible I left out the S. I will try again soon. After reading manual.
> and got the expected output from the modem.
> > This program is a nice surprise and I hope I can get it to work.
> It's not user-friendly (because of the very small size)
> but it does work for me.
You can't have it both ways. I hope it works better than minincom, which
had commands that interfered with the use of pico, and I think had some
other problems with terminal emulation or something. I gave up on it.
> > I can't tell which ppp is in BL3.
> pppd --help
> > Is there something I could do to adjust the timing to prevent
> > this failure?
> man pppd
> > I am using the same ISP in which I got the failure with BL1
> > and the newer kernel, until I changed to the newer pppd, at
> > which point it dialed okay.
> Check /var/eznet/eznet.conf and make sure it is identical to
> the one you use in BL2.
Will do soon.
> > mail 6 (Enter) gives me a nice place to fill in To: and
> > Subject: lines and write a message.
> > I don't see any way to fill in the From: line.
> Your "From:" address goes in ~/.pmailrc (same as BL2). It's
> called "reply-to" but it actually appears in the "From:" when
> your mail goes out.
Maybe there is some way to override that setting, since two of us will be
sending mail on the computer, with different From addresses? I don't
recall anything in the menu that suggested I could set From or reply-to
(not that I got the menu to work). I will read the manuals.
> > I typed 1 to 'configure POP3 and SMTP server' and got into
> > some screen that appears to be e3pi, with no instructions
> > for POP3 configuration,
> Thank you for finding that. It's definitely a bug (caused by
> a pico parameter that e3pi doesn't recognize). I'll upload
> a corrected version (3.01) in a day or two (to see if more
> bugs come in). If you want to fix it in your current copy:
> edit /usr/bin/mail
> and page-down to: 1) e3pi -w ~/.pmailrc
> and change it to: 1) e3pi ~/.pmailrc
> > when I type 6 instead of the nice screen where I could fill
> > in To: I see 0/0 Term: 80x24 Pos=134595104 (etc.)
> That's your (empty) inbox. Press c to compose.
So after the first time you use the program, it takes you to inbox instead
of the screen used to compose? I will figure it out eventually after
fixing the -w in .pmailrc.
Can this new mail program be used with links to send mailto: instead of
saving addresses from the web? Or is it the same old program in a
> > X - can't get it to do anything despite having 32M RAM.
> Xvesa fails with some versions of HIMEM.SYS and SMARTDRV.
> Try running DOS with no CONFIG.SYS and no AUTOEXEC.BAT
I will boot from floppy disk and try again. We have Win98 himem.sys and
no smartdrv that I know of.
> > Do I need to unzip the swap.zip file first?
> Definitely not. It is only there for low RAM systems.
> > I typed startx and chose 640 resolution by typing a, or A,
> > and nothing happened.
> Did you press ENTER after A? If so, the next question should
> be: "Which port is your mouse on?"
I pressed Enter and nothing happened. I will try without autoexec.bat or
> > I have probably done almost everything wrong that a dummy
> > could do, but I will keep testing tomorrow.
> Thank you.
I am reporting my dummy errors in case you want to add a few more
instructions for dummy-proofing with.
Next time I hope to be dialed in with BL3. (Just got lynx for DOS working
again with the new ISP and am testing that first.)
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