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    Need to uninstall nonfunctional lubuntu

    So, I installed lubuntu on an old PC (HP 8500, Piii, 450Mhz/256MB Ram) and it doesn't seem to work (I explored the issue here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...2#post12536942) so it's been suggested that I switch to Puppy Linux because the computer might not be able to support lubuntu (particularly PAE). Before I install it, however, I would like to uninstall lubuntu. Since it's nonfunctional, I can't get into it to uninstall from the inside. How would I go about uninstalling it from the boot menu or through Windows 2000 (it's dual booted).

    Thanks for your help and support.

    -Eric
    Last edited by MandelaPhilo; March 2nd, 2013 at 06:19 PM. Reason: Add Tags

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    Re: Need to uninstall nonfunctional lubuntu

    You don't need to uninstall Lubuntu, when you install Puppy select the Lubuntu partitions and it'll format them and install over it.

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    Re: Need to uninstall nonfunctional lubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by MandelaPhilo View Post
    So, I installed lubuntu on an old PC (HP 8500, Piii, 450Mhz/256MB Ram) and it doesn't seem to work (I explored the issue here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...2#post12536942) so it's been suggested that I switch to Puppy Linux because the computer might not be able to support lubuntu (particularly PAE). Before I install it, however, I would like to uninstall lubuntu. Since it's nonfunctional, I can't get into it to uninstall from the inside. How would I go about uninstalling it from the boot menu or through Windows 2000 (it's dual booted).

    Thanks for your help and support.

    -Eric
    I suggest that you start by downloading iso files for some linux distros, that you want to try, and Puppy linux is one of them. You can wipe the internal drive when booted from the installation media (in a live session of Puppy).

    I use Lubuntu 12.04 on an IBM Thinkpad T42 and it works well. To install it with so little RAM as you have, download the alternate iso file. You can reuse the same partition during the installation process, so no need to other software to wipe it.

    http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/re...rnate-i386.iso

    And you will probably get several other tips what to install from other guys at the Ubuntu Forums.

    Good luck
    Last edited by sudodus; March 3rd, 2013 at 10:45 AM. Reason: wiped the info about pae, since not relevant

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    Re: Need to uninstall nonfunctional lubuntu

    Have added a comment in the other thread regarding the PAE misunderstanding.
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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    Re: Need to uninstall nonfunctional lubuntu

    You might want some other alternatives to Puppy and Lubuntu

    http://www.techradar.com/news/softwa...distros-683552

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightwe...x_distribution

    http://www.osnews.com/story/26087/Fo...stros_Compared

    But I repeat that Puppy is recommended particularly for old hardware:
    Puppy Linux 5 includes a "retro release" called Wary, specifically designed for older hardware with an older kernel. Wary runs on topped out P-II's or better. It is a good choice for aging hardware because it has a large active community actually using old machines.
    Edit: I should also add that I have succeeded to run Knoppix on a 400 MHz PC. On that particular one, a Compaq Presario 5640, with some extra RAM, Knoppix outperformed Puppy Linux, although Knoppix is not regarded as a tiny linux distro.
    Last edited by sudodus; March 3rd, 2013 at 11:03 AM.

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