Many thanks Trixar_za, for your useful tip: I also tried
core-basic kmap=fr lang=en_US and SliTaz booted fine.
I'll have a look at the fr_FR in a while. The 2011 cooking was far from perfect in the FR locale.
As much as I really appreciate SliTaz and its clever use of Openbox and bits of LXDE (a far cry from the whole LXDE) I'd like to grumble a bit ;-) about this hurdle for old computers. SliTaz is certainly great on faster computers than a PII with 256MB RAM but we need SliTaz to work out of the box on old computers. 256MB as two 128MB sticks on the two slots is quite an improvement on the original single 64MB stick and we have trouble here finding compatible 256MB sticks.
We have a few old computers that we have refurbished as sensibly as possible. They refuse to break down, and it seems a pity to dump them to the recycling bin just because they're quite out of fashion and obsolete.
Of course, I'm well aware nobody wants computers that are are unable to display a streaming webM video but we should be able to watch the video after downloading it.
I have a question: while booting, SliTaz gets an ethernet lease alright and the connection box says it is connected but ifconfig shows errors and Midori displays a connection error page.
At the moment, I have a simple DSL modem and no router.
I can't even connect to the modem.
The connection works fine on another computer running on Trisquel 5 (Gnome) and I can connect to the modem. I thought the modem was flaky, which may be possible but at the moment it's working fine with Triquel.
What can I do?