Here are some famous problems that might appear
1. My system does not boot.
solution: You first need to run setup.exe from
windows, then you reboot your
computer and write
"install" then you press enter and install your
software, or for advanced boot press
F1 and read.(Or do the setup
inside Windows through oLinux)
2. Problem when booting Topologilinux
with bootmanager in "real mode".
solution: make sure your system works in colinux mode and that grldr is
in c:\ (or your windows driver) and
also that boot.ini has
the entry "Start Topologilinux"
should be placed on the driver where Topologilinux is
You can also try to boot using the
bootable cd (need to have boot from
3. Problem after booting Topologilinux
in "real mode". (your screen might flip out)
solution: Your videocard
might not support 1024*768 256color correct, try to
use the normal vga
mode (write "vga" is using boot from cd)
4. How do I get my cd burner
to work ? (not tested in colinux mode)
solution: when booting there are 2 options,
try "hdd" or "hdc"
depending on where
burner are. Check it by typing "cdrecord -scanbus" and se if
burner is there. othervise try the other boot option(hdd or hdc)
There exists many cd burning programs. One are included on the second cd
and have the name xcdrtoast.(from slackware extra)
5. My soundcard seems not to work.
solution: First of all make sure that you have
sound on in mixer on (check your
mixer settings in your current windowmanager) and make sure it is on.
This release of Topologilinux
uses alsa sound driver and if your
card does not work please visit that page
and make sure your soundcard
to set the sound volume use command
"mixer" (press "M" to unmute)
More info at alsa
If you still have problems search
for slackware 10 and alsa
on the net and
see if there are somethings
strange with your motherboard and slackware 10.2
6. Can not configure my X correct.
solution: First try xorgsetup
and setup your monitor, if this still not work ->
go to www.slackware.com and check
how to configure x systems. You can
also try to search on the net, you
will probably found info there for
and your monitor.
If you want real fast X and have say
a Nvidia chip, goto
and download latest Linux driver and
install.(TNT,Geforce and so on)
you might need to manually edit
and ATI drivers are now also on the extra cd)
7. Can not get my network or modem working correct.
solution: also here, go to www.slackware.com
and check !
But also check out drivers on your
network creator homepage and so.
My new networkcard
needed drivers from asus, and was easy downloaded
their homepage and a simple
"make" to install. So if your card are not
working you might need to do so too
If you are in colinuxmode
se step 18 below.
8. Can not type anything when I should login, my
keyboard is frozen. ("real-mode")
solution: The most common problems with this
are that your mouse is not working
correct and the mouse is loaded
before the keyboard.
you have probably selected wrong
mouse, fix this by DO NOT loading gpm at
boot time. Make sure that you have
the right mouse selected !
9. Topologilinux does not
install in colinuxmode with my cdrom
solution: You probably have more than 2 cdroms and try to install from 3/4:st Cdrom
er edit /tlinux/colinux/*.xml and change from Cdrom1 to Cdrom2 or 3
10. My scroll mouse does not work.
solution: edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and add
under your mouse selection... might
also change mouse from ps/2 to imps/s
11. Can not install on my scsi
cdrom (in "real mode" and boot from cd)
solution: start up by using scsi supported kernel
press F1 at boot and choose a kernel
with scsi support
12. What about updates ?
solution: You can update packages that not
contain the -t in the package name
from any slackware
10.2 site at your own risk.
Packages that contain -t in the name
like (colinux-t....) are Topologilinux
packages and should not be updated with any slackware packages.. but
all other should hopefully work !
13. Notebook problems ?
solution: visit www.linux-laptop.net
14. USB or Hotplug problems
solution: add parameter NOUSB
or NOHOTPLUG to the kernel at boot
If you use the bootmanager
edit c:/grldr.lst and add it there
then run the install.bat
again. (can also select not to use Hotplug during
15. No sound appear for me.
solution: The volume are muted by default, so
open a mixer and change the volume
then it will hopefully work. (run
16. During the setup ("colinux-mode")
errormessage "ERROR ! Could not find CDROM !..." appear
You probably have the cd open in some other
application like "My computer" or you
have some files from the cdrom open. You need to close all stuff that uses the cdrom
only the setup are allowed to
run from the cdrom
(a coLinux feature)
when you have closed all cdrom apps you can just continue the setup by entering
(if you use another than cdrom0
change it in setup.cotopo.xml)
17. The coLinux console
Try to download a newer version of colinux at
18. Can not connect to the Internet from coLinux.
First of all: Make sure you have done the steps listed in networking
Then starting dhcpcd
might help you. Try in a window to start "dhcpcd"
root, if that not solve your problem
read read more at coLinux
19. Problems with colinux
and ICS (Microsofts Internet connection sharing) and ip 192.168.0.1.
The best things for this is to visit www.colinux.org and read the
most of the documentation is on the
ICS is the Internet connection
sharing that windows uses to share a connection
which unfortunately uses tha same ip as colinux
Bot don't worry, it works for you if you have
a ICS (just a bit tricky so setup) ;)
20. Grub does not work for me.
Read files in /grub/debug and see if that helps.
21. When I setup a message saying that 192.168.0.1 is alreasy in use, what to do ?
This is related to (question listed 2 step above)
22. I don't know how to configure the network in setup
(in real mode)
If you don't have a domain just give some valued like
test and example.org
23. Installation problems in the setup (linuxmode)
solution/tips: You need to install the [a]
base packages (Do NOT miss this !)
If you want colinux
and networking you also need the [n] networking
otherwise an error about "inetd not found" will appear during the
setup, to be sure install everything.
24. I want to change the size of my Topologilinux system (base.img)
Use the toporesize in the /utils
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q) * (mostly old
Q. Will I have to repartition my hard drive to install
A. No, that's what's great
about Topologilinux. Unlike other Linux
This one does not need it's own partition.
It will run on any Windows or DOS
partition. But if you prefer installing in
the other way by partitioning it is
Q. What are the system requirements ?
needs a PC 486 or higher with about 100MB free diskspace
about 8MB ram. If you want to install
everything you need about 2,5GB free
space. If you want to have a X system it is
recommend to have a Pentium PC
with 32MB ram or more. And If you want to
use colinux and X in windows you
will probably need a pentium
300Mhz or above with Win2k or XP and about 96Mb ram.
Q. Will Topologilinux run on
my version of Windows?
A. YES, Topologilinux
works with all versions of Windows or Dos and works with both
FAT and NTFS
partitions. You just need the CD to boot with if you use NTFS.
But if you want the new colinux
feature to run it inside windows you need to have
Windows 2000 or XP or above.
Q. Is Topologilinux based on
any other big distribution ?
A. Yes Topologilinux
is based on the first and still the most stable
linuxdistribution Slackware Linux. The main goal with this distribution is
that it should be almost 100% slackware compatible.
Q. Will Topologilinux delete
A. No, Topologilinux
will install in a folder on any of your Windows drives
(/tlinux6). To uninstall Topologilinux
see uninstall selection in this readme
Q. Can I run Windows programs under Topologilinux in "real mode"?
A. YES, Topologilinux
6.0 comes with the windows emulator wine. Just enter
wine your_windows_program.exe and your
program will hopefully work under
Q. Does Topologilinux
require another installed operative system ?
A. NO, You can run Topologilinux on a clean hard disk without any other
Q. Is Topologilinux free ?
the source too ?
A. YES, Topologilinux
is free and under GPL but all donations are
Some source is on the cd,
the other is slackware packages and can
be downloaded or ordered from