Archives for the month of: May, 2009
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I love it!


Finally got time to install my 3COM wireless 3CRWE154G72 PCMCIA card. And it worked!

Two easy steps.

  1. You need the kernel module p54pci
  2. You need the firmware for the pcmcia card.

The kernel module should be present in the linux kernel >=2.6.24. If not, you need to compile it. It is also important to download the correct firmware based upon the kernel version. Further instructions can be found here:

Under Slitaz 2.6.25-5, it was a matter of running:

# wget -O /lib/firmware/isl3886
# tazhw detect-pci

Now run the wireless tool and connect!

After some struggle, I finally managed to set up my Slitaz 2.0 to print on my Canon LBP2900.

The most important lesson I learned, was to check for kernel modules! Slitaz has a very good hardware detection software, but it did not reckognize my usb printer. So, first step is to load the module. If you don’t do this, the device mount point won’t be created by udev.

# modprobe usblp

Connects printer with usb and issue (lsusb is not available yet in Slitaz):

# cat /proc/bus/usb/devices

Verify that /dev/usblp0 or /dev/usb/lp0
has been created. This is your device, and ensures that udev is working. The number may vary if you have several printers connected.

Unfortunately, the driver Canon offer demands an EULA. Current version (today) is v1.8. Go their website and accept the license and download (external link to canon).

Read their manual – it’s actually correct.

The downloaded package needs to be un-tar’d. It contains both .deb and .rpm packages. They should pretty much be equal, so use the one that fits your system the best. Slitaz has its own packagemanager which does not nativily support neither of the two formats. However, both deb and rpm should be supported for installation by dpkg and rpm respectively. I used the rpm packa


So – the real kicker! Do this – don’t hesitate! The hints are picked up from several forums and own knowledge.

# tazpkg get-install cups

Verify that it works by browsing: http://localhost:631. I created a little script for the rest.

#Install Canon LBP2900 on Slitaz
#rpm -i common
#rpm -i capt
echo -n "add usblp as a module on boot"
echo -n "add cupsd and ccpd as a daemon at boot"

modprobe usblp
/etc/init.d/cupsd stop
/etc/init.d/cupsd start


mkdir /usr/share/ppd
cd /usr/share/cups/model
chmod 555 -R /usr/share/cups/model   # modified from chmod a+rX $PPDFILE
cp /usr/share/cups/model/$PPDFILE /usr/share/ppd/ # this should not be necessary

mkdir /var/ccpd
mkdir /var/captmon
mkfifo /var/ccpd/fifo0
chmod 777 /var/ccpd/fifo0

lpadmin -p $PNAME -m $PPDFILE -v cpp:/var/ccpd/fifo0 -E -u allow:tux,root
ccpdadmin -p $PNAME -o /dev/usb/lp0

/etc/init.d/ccpd start

Note the -u allow:tux,root. This can be modified later in cups.

You can also monitor the printer. It is also a good way of checking that everything is in order. I got several error messages which needed to addressed. Restarting the ccpd daemon is sometimes necessary.

# /usr/local/ccpd/captstatusui -P canon

I sometimes want to find the files that have been modified by my last user action. I found a cool way of doing this. I picked it up somewhere – but I have already forgotten where …

Anyway – when I want to monitor what’s being done – I create a reference file:

$ touch /tmp/now

Then do the user action – and check for files being modified with:

$ find . -nwer /tmp/now > dump


Whenever I watched something on youtube, or any other Flash that required sound I first had to stop mpd from playing. But to listen to MPD again, I had to close down Firefox because it occupied my sound device. MPD would simply not play. I never got around to fixing this, until now. And the solution is very simple!

There is a built in mixer in ALSA. It should automatically allow different processes to share the same sound device by mixing the sound with the plugin dmix. But – this did not work out of the box for me.

First, I discovered, that I did not have any configuration file! Strange, so I created one:

# touch /etc/asound.conf
# nano /etc/asound.conf

pcm.!default {
 type plug
 slave.pcm "lyd"

pcm.lyd {
 type dmix
 ipc_key 1234
 slave {
 pcm "hw:0,0"
 period_time 0
 period_size 1024
 buffer_size 4096
 rate 44100

It should not matter much what you call the mixer – the important thing is to activate the “type dmix”. [translation lyd=sound (no=en)].

Now, I modified my mpd.conf to use this mixer.

audio_output {
 type              "alsa"
 name              "lyd"
 options           "dev=lyd"

I now am able to listen to the flash sound while mpd is still playing 🙂