Digital Picture Frame Guide

Recently I received requests from people how I created my Linux Digital Picture frame out of some old laptops, I told them to search Google for a write up but apparently a lot of the write ups were too difficult to understand for a complete Linux newbie. So I've decided to post easy to follow (hopefully) instructions on how to build your own, you may have to Google for some answers but hopefully I snagged them all. So here I go!

An old laptop that has a CD ROM drive and a USB port
An internet connection (pref. high speed Ethernet)
The DSL boot CD from

1. Install Damn Small Linux
  • Insert the DSL boot CD
  • Boot from CD (may have to change BIOS settings)
  • When prompted, type "install" and hit the enter key
  • Type in your main hard drive which is most likely hda1 (try hda2 if hda1 didn't work)
  • Select no for multi-users
  • Select yes for ext3 file system
  • Continue to cleaning the hard drive and installation
  • Select Grub as the boot loader and restart the machine
  • On boot, select 800x600 as the initial installation
  • Leave the root and DSL password blank!
  • On the DSL X Setup, answer the questions accordingly
  • Congrats on installing Damn Small Linux! Be sure to eject the CD!
2. Grub Configuration
  • Open a terminal session and log in as root and type "nano /boot/grub/menu.lst"
  • Change the timeout to a shorter time (I recommend 3-5 seconds)
  • Edit the line below "Title DSL" and replace "noacpi" with "acpi=force"
  • If you laptop only supports 800x600, change vga to equal 788
  • Exit, save, and reboot
3. DSL Packages Install (Internet Connection Required)
  • Enable Apt by right clicking the desktop and going to Apps -> Tools -> Enable Apt
  • After it finishes the installation, open the terminal as root and type "nano /etc/apt/sources.list"
  • In the one uncommented line (the line without the ':' in the beginning), change "old stable" to "stable"
  • Save and exit the document
  • Type "apt-get update"
  • After the update type "apt-get install feh unclutter acpid"
  • After the update restart the computer
4. Configure the SlideShow
  • Open a Terminal as root and type "nano /usr/local/bin/"
  • Type as followed:

# This file is located at /usr/local/bin/
killall feh unclutter
unclutter &
feh -zZFr -D 300 /mnt/sda1/Pictureframe

  • Save and close
  • Type "chmod a+w /usr/local/bin/"
  • Type "exit" to logout as root, you want to make sure that you are logged in as DSL for the next step
  • Type "nano ~/.xinitrc" and comment out the line that starts with "dillo" by adding '#' in front of that line. Add the following below that line:

#dillo /usr/share/doc/dsl/getting_started.html.....
mount /dev/sda1 & &

  • Exit and Save
  • Shutdown, you're almost there!
5. Using this Picture Frame System
  • Load a USB Drive on a Windows Machine
  • Create a folder called "Pictureframe"
  • Place all the pictures you want to display in that folder
  • Take that USB drive and plug it in the Picture Frame System we just configurered
  • Turn on the laptop