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ArchiMark Page Icon Posted 2020-09-24 11:49 PM
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It's been awhile since I dealt with partitioning and formatting disks, but just occurred to me that perhaps the problem noted in my post above has to do with either mounting or unmounting disks?

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ntware Page Icon Posted 2020-09-25 4:01 AM
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Yes, definitely. Make sure you unmount all partitions on your CF card before start partitioning it. Keep in mind that most Linux WM mount USB media automatically, so you’ll have to check on whatever file explorer you have to be sure that there isn’t anything mounted
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ArchiMark Page Icon Posted 2020-09-25 5:08 AM
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Thanks, ntware. Makes perfect sense now...

Will try process again....

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Hello!
Sorry, i forgot to mention that in my guide, updated it Thanks ntware for answering Marks question!
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ArchiMark Page Icon Posted 2020-09-25 5:04 PM
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Good news!

I have Devuan running on my J28 now!

Cool to see the Debian logo on desktop after opening fluxbox.

However, I have found a way to do anything there. Tried tapping on taskbar on bottom of screen with stylus but nothing happens.

Is there some keys I need to use to use it or ?

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Just tried tapping on taskbar a few more times.....

When I tapped in lower left corner of taskbar, it opened up toolbar menus.

How do I get to menu to open terminal or other programs?

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Also, on a side note, the only way I am able to use the 32GB or 64GB CF cards I have on 728 is by putting them into an adapter and then in the PC card slot. They don't get recognized when I put them in the CF slot on bottom of 728. Is this normal or is something wrong with my 728. I just received it about 2 weeks ago.

I'd like to be able to use CF card in CF slot so that I can use my WiFi card in PC card slot.

Thanks,

Mark

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ntware Page Icon Posted 2020-09-25 5:18 PM
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Hey Stefan,

I finally got some time to give your Devuan build a try. The system started up correctly despite my J720 having only 32MB of RAM. Terminal seems quite stable and works very well. Fluxbox on X is another story... I don't know if there is much to be done in there, since no WM nowadays will expect a 640x240 resolution. On Fluxbox I had issues bringing the main menu, since it requires a right click. I tried using common shortcuts like Ctrl+Esc (Task Manager), Alt+T (Terminal), etc, but none of them worked. By smashing some keys I eventually managed to open XTerm, which was enough for me to launch a few apps. The ones I tried looked horrible. They were all cutting the first half of the screen, probably because the window can't get less than 480 pixels on height. I'm wondering if there is any way to reduce the expected DPI for X, and see if icons, fonts, windows can get a bit smaller and fit on the tiny Jornada screen. How is you luck using X on the Jornada? Does it work well for you? My main point here is to use it with ssh X forwarding and launch a few things from my remote server on the Jornada. I don't know how well that will work also, not only due to the small screen, but also to the poor X server performance on the little ARM chip.

In between I also need to figure out how to make my PCMCIA WiFi card to work. I have a Cisco Aironet 340, which is great for WinCE, but never tried it on Linux. Do you happen to know any modules I might need to get?
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ArchiMark Page Icon Posted 2020-09-25 6:11 PM
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Hi Stefan,

If it's possible, can you try using either LXDE or IceWM instead of Fluxbox?

Several past linux on 7xx setups have used IceWM successfully.

I've used LXDE on other little low performance systems and it worked quite well.

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