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    Do you have a Pentium M CPU?

    We have issued this poll in order to know how much effort to focus on the Pentium M problems with PAE kernels .

    Do you have a Pentium M CPU?

    To find out, please run

    Code:
    cat /proc/cpuinfo
    in a terminal window if are using Linux.

    If you are using Windows, check

    Control Panel > System

    So, please before voting, make sure what type of CPU you have

    {The poll is stopped. See post #7}
    Last edited by sudodus; May 9th, 2013 at 05:58 PM. Reason: The poll is stopped

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    Re: Do you have a Pentium M CPU?

    I know I do because my laptop couldn't bootup with the stock-12.04, but was able to with the alternative kernel or with Xubuntu.

    As annoying as it is, I don't know if it is worth spending a lot of time on a work-around.
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    Re: Do you have a Pentium M CPU?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonbite View Post
    I know I do because my laptop couldn't bootup with the stock-12.04, but was able to with the alternative kernel or with Xubuntu.

    As annoying as it is, I don't know if it is worth spending a lot of time on a work-around.
    You can live happily with Xubuntu 12.04 until April 2015 unless you want to test a new version. I have tried to make it easy at

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu-fake-PAE

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    Re: Do you have a Pentium M CPU?

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    You can live happily with Xubuntu 12.04 until April 2015 unless you want to test a new version. I have tried to make it easy at

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu-fake-PAE
    I know, but by that time the computer may be so old it'll be time to get a new one. Or I can switch to another distro until they implement the non-PAE kernel only position. Then I guess I'd be stuck with Windows 7 only.
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    Re: Do you have a Pentium M CPU?

    I also have one. I need to use non-PAE kernels/distros.

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    Re: Do you have a Pentium M CPU?

    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    I also have one. I need to use non-PAE kernels/distros.
    There are still several non-pae 'Ubuntu family' alternatives. But look at this link if you want to run pae kernels

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2143297

    Which version of Pentium M is it? Would it be interesting for you to check, if it has pae capability, even if it has no pae flag?

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    Re: Do you have a Pentium M CPU?

    This brief poll is stopped now. The result at 100 replies is

    * 30 persons have a Pentium M CPU
    * 70 persons do not have a Pentium M CPU

    This percentage may be biased, because people who have this CPU may be more willing to reply, so let us only count the number of Pentium M CPUs reported.

    This can be combined with the number of people who have reported that they are affected by 'the bug' at Launchpad.

    The bug report shows 93 effected + 13 duplicates: https://bugs.launchpad.net/baltix/+bug/930447

    My conclusion is that many Pentium M CPUs are still used, and we should keep them in focus. At Windows XP end of life, there is an opportunity to convert a fair part of them to the Ubuntu flavours with a light foot-print. See this link

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2143297
    Last edited by sudodus; May 9th, 2013 at 05:38 PM. Reason: citation marks 'the bug'

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    Re: Do you have a Pentium M CPU?

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    Which version of Pentium M is it?
    Celeron M 360, http://ark.intel.com/products/27143 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dothan_...cessor)#Dothan

    It's OC'ed to 1.87GHz and I run a Arch based distro on it which still does non-pae by default.

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    Re: Do you have a Pentium M CPU?

    It's an early one with only 1.4 GHz nominally. So the chance that there is pae capability may be low. But if you like, you can test it with a 'grub-n-iso' USB boot pendrive, that you create via the instructions and image files at

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu-fake-PAE

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    Re: Do you have a Pentium M CPU?

    Stuff like this has interested me since I started using *buntu/Linux on an 800Mhz PIII in 2009. People say that using a light-weight distro is great for reviving old computers, but for how long? I started hearing that the kernel was getting cleaned up and some older hardware was getting phased out back then. Most people told me not to worry, that my PIII was still good for another 10 years or so, but it got me thinking. I guess one could still use an old kernel, but that would essentially negate the many, MANY improvements made in the newer versions that does not pertain to specific hardware. I'm glad to see that at least some thought is put to these issues.
    Last edited by zer010; May 10th, 2013 at 02:02 AM. Reason: Clarification
    HP Pavilion dv6, Core i3-3110M, 6GB RAM, nVIDIA Geforce GT 650M, 640GB HDD: Win7 / Xubuntu 13.10 64bit

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