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    Where Can I Find an Intel 64 bit Distro

    Where Can I Find an Intel 64 bit Distro

    My goal is to build a virtual server with Ubuntu being the host OS running VMWare. My machine has a Supermicro X6DHE-XB Mobo with 2 Intel Xion Dual CPUs and 4Gb RAM. This should give me enough to run 2 virtual guests at any one time.

    Some problems that I need suggestions with:

    Is Ubuntu the better choice for my ultimate goal?

    The only Ubuntu distros for 64 bit indicate AMD processors. Will these work with an Intel Xion? If not then what should I use?

    When I try to load any ubuntu distro on this machine, it hangs at boot. Doesn’t even give me the question to boot from CD. Sometimes I get the following:

    ISOLINUX 4.02 debian-20101016 ETCD copyright © 1994-2010 H.Peter Anvin et al

    It goes no farther. That is the most I get. Even after letting it sit that way for an hour (just in case).

    Please know that this machine will boot to a CD with DOS, XP distro or Win7 distro with no problems. Also, the Ubuntu distros I tried to load on this machine works well on my laptop and a 64 bit AMD box.

    Please help me figure how to get this distro to boot.

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    Re: Where Can I Find an Intel 64 bit Distro

    AMD64 is the one you want.

    The naming convention is historical.

    Did you check the md5sum?

    Burn the ISO slowly?

    Are you using the same actual disk from previous installations?

    Are you using the Alternate (non GUI) disk for the Server edition?
    Last edited by QIII; July 12th, 2012 at 01:01 AM.

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    Re: Where Can I Find an Intel 64 bit Distro

    Quote Originally Posted by QIII View Post
    AMD64 is the one you want.

    The naming convention is historical.

    Did you check the md5sum?

    Burn the ISO slowly?

    Are you using the same actual disk from previous installations?

    Are you using the Alternate (non GUI) disk for the Server edition?
    I not only did both, burned a new distro and when that didn't work, tried a distro that has worked in the past. Then I tried the new distro on a laptop and it worked there. I then installed a new CD ROM drive in the target machine and tried it all again with no better luck.

    The mobo owner's guide mentioned something about 'Latency Timer' for Unix, Novel and other OSs. I set it as directed with no better luck.

    Don't want Windows on the machine but I thought I'd try and it loaded. Great. Not what I wanted.

    I noticed in this forum where others have loaded Ubuntu on a Xion machine but the post were over a year old. Should I try an older distro?


    I feel like I keep going on rabbit trails.

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    Re: Where Can I Find an Intel 64 bit Distro

    What did you use to write flash drive. It looks like you have the old bug from several versions ago.

    syslinux errors help/enter works:
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ux/+bug/617779
    Delete ui in syslinux.cfg
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ux/+bug/608382
    in the directory from "isolinux.cfg" to "syslinux.cfg"
    Try replacing the file vesamenu.c32 on the USB disk drive with that one "/usr/lib/syslinux/vesamenu.c32" of Ubuntu Maverick system or use UNetbootin than works fine.
    http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-image-829397/
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to close thread when/if answered completely.







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    Re: Where Can I Find an Intel 64 bit Distro

    The downloads of the ISOs were fresh 2 days ago from ubuntu.org/download. The burn was at the slowest my software would support. I even verified the new CD by trying it out on a laptop then running the verify. All checked out. However, just in case, I did it again with the same results.

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    Re: Where Can I Find an Intel 64 bit Distro

    Give the USB stick approach a try if you can control the order of the boot devices in the BIOS.

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    Re: Where Can I Find an Intel 64 bit Distro

    The BIOS doesn't allow booting to USB, just CD, floppy, HD and via NIC. Old BIOS but current.

    Again, the distros that I have for Ubuntu work in other machines. I'm thinking it is something in the BIOS and not the distro.

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    Re: Where Can I Find an Intel 64 bit Distro

    See if an Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS x64 CD-ROM will boot on that machine.

    I read somewhere that 12.04 dropped support for some particular hardware (non-PAE capable?)

    LHammonds

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    Re: Where Can I Find an Intel 64 bit Distro

    Quote Originally Posted by LHammonds View Post
    See if an Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS x64 CD-ROM will boot on that machine.

    I read somewhere that 12.04 dropped support for some particular hardware (non-PAE capable?)

    LHammonds
    LHammonds. That worked. I found an iso of 10.04.4 server amd64, burned a DVD and it booted up. I'm installing it right now.

    Now I wondering if applying upgrades will stop it from working.

    Always something.

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    Re: Where Can I Find an Intel 64 bit Distro

    First step after install would be an upgrade to 12.04 in my opinion. It's better to find out now if it will work than later when there's no longer support for 10.04.

    If it does not work, you might (depending on your needs) be better off with a distro that really has long term support.
    If you don't make backups of your important data, your data is obviously not important to you.

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