Booting version v.06 of the Hamshack Hack

In version .06 of "the Hack", English language support is the DEFAULT.   v.06 is based on Knoppix version 3.8.1-en-2005-04-08. If you have no other boot params or "cheat-codes" to enter at boot time, you can just hit Return/Enter at the boot: prompt. Users who want support in other languages can use the language cheat codes ... examples are, "lang=de" (German), "lang=fr"(French), "lang=es"(Spanish)

If your machine has less than 256 meg memory, KNOPPIX may attempt to use the Windows swap file (Win386.swp), or an existing Linux swap partition, on your hard drive as supplemental memory. If it attempts to write its own swap file, it will be called "knoppix.swp". You can safely delete this file from your hard drive when you're back at your regular system. KNOPPIX will ask you to consent to, and confirm, the writing of this file, should it be necessary.

This version of KNOPPIX uses the 2.6.11 Linux kernel

As the system boots, your monitor screen may blank for a minute or more. My LCD monitor tosses up a notice: "VGA mode not supported, H 35.5 kHz, V 87.0 Hz". The CD light still flickers and a moment later I get the background screen. While (if) your monitor is blank, the system is probing your hardware so it can set it up for you.

I use the following "Cheat-code" at the boot prompt so that I can see what's going on

boot: vga=normal

When the desktop has loaded completely, look to the lower right corner of the desktop, if you see a small blue speaker icon (KMix) give it a Right mouse click and pick "Quit". Next, you'll see an icon labeled "alsaconfig - Run Me 1st", in the lower-middle part of the screen. Give it a click. This will run "alsaconf". "alsa" = "Advanced Linux Sound Architecture". This program will probe and set up your sound system for use by Linux. Just follow the bread crumbs (hit return on the defaults). When "alsaconf" finishes, reload the mixer by clicking the K-Menu ("Start") button in the lower left corner, go to "Multimedia" and pick "KMix". This will re-install the mixer on your desktop. See “Hints and Tricks” for more info.

Booting version v.05 of the Hamshack Hack

In this edition of the "Hamshack Hack" we're using the very latest version of KNOPPIX. This is version 3.8. At the time I started working on this compilation, "3.8" had been available for download for less than 24 hours. This is about as sharp as the "bleeding edge" gets. Expect the unexpected.

No English language default version is available at this time. The default language is German in Knoppix 3.8. You can get English language support by using the following "cheat-code" at the boot prompt:

boot: knoppix lang=en

Because the system is using a German keyboard configuration at start-up,
the "=" sign is found on the shifted "0" (zero) key.

If your machine has less than 256 meg memory, KNOPPIX may attempt to use the Windows swap file (Win386.swp), or an existing Linux swap partition, on your hard drive as supplemental memory. If it attempts to write its own swap file, it will be called "knoppix.swp". You can safely delete this file from your hard drive when you're back at your regular system. KNOPPIX will ask you to consent to, and confirm, the writing of this file, should it be necessary.

This version of KNOPPIX uses the 2.6 Linux kernel

As the system boots, your monitor screen may blank for a minute or more. My LCD monitor tosses up a notice: "VGA mode not supported, H 35.5 kHz, V 87.0 Hz". The CD light still flickers and a moment later I get the background screen. While (if) your monitor is blank, the system is probing your hardware so it can set it up for you.

I use the following "Cheat-code" at the boot prompt so that I can see what's going on

boot: lang=en vga=normal

When the desktop has loaded completely, look to the lower right corner of the desktop, if you see a small blue speaker icon (KMix) give it a Right mouse click and pick "Quit". Next, you'll see an icon labeled "alsaconfig - Run Me 1st", in the lower-middle part of the screen. Give it a click. This will run "alsaconf". "alsa" = "Advanced Linux Sound Architecture". This program will probe and set up your sound system for use by Linux. Just follow the bread crumbs (hit return on the defaults). When "alsaconf" finishes, reload the mixer by clicking the K-Menu ("Start") button in the lower left corner, go to "Multimedia" and pick "KMix". This will re-install the mixer on your desktop. See “Hints and Tricks” for more info.