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    Problems installing Ubuntu on old Dell PowerEdge 800

    Hello,
    I'm trying to install Ubuntu (64-bit) on an old Dell PowerEdge 800 Server and I'm running into problems. The server only has a CD-Drive (Not DVD) and doesn't seem to support USB-Booting (As far as I can tell). Ubuntu 64-bit is too large to fit onto a normal CD so I'm struggling to find a way to install it.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance,
    Wallace

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    Re: Problems installing Ubuntu on old Dell PowerEdge 800

    Hi Wallace,

    Give the Ubuntu Minimal CD a try; it's tiny!

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...tion/MinimalCD

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    Re: Problems installing Ubuntu on old Dell PowerEdge 800

    Ubuntu 12.04 will fit on a cd and its supported till 2017. And at boot (login) choose Ubuntu 2D by clicking on the icon. Your server is not going to support 3D.

    You can also install the classic desktop if that one is not to your liking and again choose at login.

    In terminal, enter:
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    sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback


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    Re: Problems installing Ubuntu on old Dell PowerEdge 800

    Presumably OP is installing Ubuntu Server on his/her server, so 2D/3D is a moot point, no?

    agentjwall, I am not sure your hardware supports 64-bit? Might want to try 32-bit.

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    Re: Problems installing Ubuntu on old Dell PowerEdge 800

    Im thinking 64 bit server is 701M and a cd can hold 703M. At any rate, better to hear it from the OP


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    Re: Problems installing Ubuntu on old Dell PowerEdge 800

    Bear with me I'm new to Ubuntu...

    I am intending to use it as a server still but what's the difference between Ubuntu Server and Regular? My server has 8 gigs of RAM so doesn't it require 64-bit? Also what's the difference between 2D and 3D?

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    Re: Problems installing Ubuntu on old Dell PowerEdge 800

    Ubuntu Server is designed for this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Server_%28computing%29

    Ubuntu Desktop is designed for this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desktop_computer

    Whether you want 32 bit or 64 bit is entirely dependant on the CPU. What is the CPU?

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    Re: Problems installing Ubuntu on old Dell PowerEdge 800

    Intel Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.8 GHz x2

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    Re: Problems installing Ubuntu on old Dell PowerEdge 800

    If you wish to use your Dell as a server, then install the "Server Edition". If you want to use it as a desktop computer (with a GUI) then install the standard Ubuntu. Just because your Dell is a server does not mean you have to install the server edition, it can also run a standard desktop.

    The info Im finding online indicates that your processor is single core, no hyperthreading and no SMP.

    Ubuntu 12.04 (Unity desktop) was the last release to fit on a CD. There is also Lubuntu and Xubuntu which may run faster on your processor.

    So I guess the question is what do you intend to use it for.


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    Re: Problems installing Ubuntu on old Dell PowerEdge 800

    I'm mostly using it as a hobby; setting it up for random odds and ends like cloud-storage and whatnot.

    I think I have enough information to go from here. Thank you both for all of your help!

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