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    Exclamation Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available?

    I am trying to upgrade to 10.04.3 LTS and I currently have have 8.04.
    Every time I try to upgrade, it eventually fails, black screen, all messed up and I have to reinstall a much older version I have on CD from years ago and start all over!!

    I cannot make a usb/cd or anything else, so is there a cheap or free cd of the newest version I can buy/get to install from??
    Please help!!!

    Also, I'm in the USA not Europe, can't find a way to buy a cd here...
    Last edited by secuono; September 28th, 2013 at 09:56 PM.

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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    The version you mention is no longer supported. You can buy a 12.04 LTS CD from Canonical by visiting this page: http://shop.canonical.com/product_in...roducts_id=976 Check system requirements before buying. According to Canonical, "To use Ubuntu, you should have a PC with at least 256 MB of RAM. And to install it, you should have at least 4 GB of disk space." Most software vendors understate such things, so give yourself a bit of headroom. Nothing worse than an overpriced coaster!
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    In working with *nix...There be dragons. Newcomers: I recommend reading Linux is Not Windows (http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm) and The Linux Command Line (http://www.linuxcommand.org/tlcl.php) before beginning your quest for a better OS.

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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    secuono; Hi !

    +1 to whitesmith's last. However, there are means to upgrade an end of life version online. Be advised it will be heavily fraught with the PROBABILITY of errors with all the changes that ubuntu has undergone in the past years ... and will take hours and hours to do so. The process is from one version to the next version to the next version...8.04 to current 13.04 is 10 versions.

    IF you are really intent on attempting this course; the documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/EOLUpgrades

    you will need more than luck
    my best wishes
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
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    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    Please begin with a complete hardware description.
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    OK, the issue I have with the CD/USB is that I only have 700 MB disks but the file needs 707 MB!! Is there a way to shave off something for it to fit?I don't want to buy more disks I'll never use! They only sell in 20 packs and I wasn't able to find anything larger than 700!


    No idea what this laptop is anymore, it's not windows, so it doesn't tell me what is on here like windows did. New hard drive, 80g if not more.

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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    Found out CDs aren't good enough anymore...ughhh
    I have a verbatim dvd+r 16x lightscribe
    and a tevion dvd+r 4.7gb

    My laptop is not recognizing them, only recognizes the cd-r
    Its a Gateway, 5 years or a bit older. How do I find out what it can burn??

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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    Quote Originally Posted by whitesmith View Post
    The version you mention is no longer supported. You can buy a 12.04 LTS CD from Canonical by visiting this page: http://shop.canonical.com/product_in...roducts_id=976 Check system requirements before buying. According to Canonical, "To use Ubuntu, you should have a PC with at least 256 MB of RAM. And to install it, you should have at least 4 GB of disk space." Most software vendors understate such things, so give yourself a bit of headroom. Nothing worse than an overpriced coaster!

    That link is for European buyers, at least, the money symbol isn't Dollars and when I do click to check out, I have to sign up for some random weird thing and I will not do that...Isn't there anyone here in the USA that can burn me a disk, ship it to me and I can Paypal you some $ for it??

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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    Do you have an idea of the age of the computer? 1, 3, 6 or 10 years old? The advice depends very much on your hardware.

    You can't shave something off the iso file. That takes and expert. But you can select a flavour of Ubuntu with a correctly sized iso file, so that it can be burned to an ordinary CD disk. Lubuntu's iso files will work.

    But before you start downloading, please give more information about the computer, so that we can help you select the flavour and version of Ubuntu.

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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    secuono;

    How about try'n this;
    As we do not know what the specs are on your motherboard (CPU), ram or graphics card
    and
    you have CDs to burn to ...
    How about doing the install with Lubuntu ? The Lubuntu install will fit onto a CD. Lubuntu runs remarkable well on lesser performing older hardware.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu/GetLubuntu

    Remember to check as you go along in the install procedure.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowToMD5SUM
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BurningIsoHowto

    a suggestion is better than nothing
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    By the way, if the computer is less than 10 years old, you should be able to boot from a USB pendrive. And that is actually quite convenient once you know how to do it. And you can reuse the pendrive for many purposes. See this link

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...n/FromUSBStick

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