Damn Small is unmaintained.
Which Puppy did you try there are different ones for different age machines try these
Audacious for audio. VLC for video. Also try Deadbeef simple and effective.
Debian Dog like Puppy runs as root but allows Multi-user, so you can be a normal non-root user and you can run it in ram like Puppy...
If you a looking for an OS that teaches you a loy lot and you can build on it then try LInuxBBQ very minimal spins and some even some without X...
You will never see Puppy or similar go down this path.
A good choice works well on old kit:)
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Well I'm going to stick my neck out here and say that it could be a motherboard issue, I had an hp NX6120 and had similar issues with usb sometimes...
Linuxbbq produces non-PAE versions - "Chicken Wings" very basic just add what you need through apt-get.
Also Antix will run....
I have a Pentium M chipped Thinkpad and use LinuxBBQ
Linux BBQ: http://linuxbbq.org/
All I'll say is that in a later video under comments he wouldn't answer why he disabled comments on the "Myths" video.
Another great article Devyn, Puppy has of course use this for init system from its birth.
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