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Thread: Pentium M 1.2 GHz, 640 MB ram: Neither version of 12.04 installs

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    Pentium M 1.2 GHz, 640 MB ram: Neither version of 12.04 installs

    I am trying to upgrade from 11.04 by doing a fresh install of 12.04 on this older Dell laptop.

    But I can get neither of the offered 12.04 versions to install.

    ubuntu-12.04.3-desktop-i386.iso
    ubuntu-12.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso

    Both get an error "this kernel requires an x86-64CPU. But only detected an i686 CPU"

    what can I do?

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    Re: neither version of 12.04 installs on this laptop

    Stick with the i386 and forget the amd64. Sounds like you have a single core processor.

    More information would help, for instance the specs of this older laptop, when you receive this error message and what happens after it, and anything you have tried so far to remedy this.

    For starters, though, try the i386 alternate ISO. The same but text based so no disco bells and whistles. This can succeed where the desktop version fails. Same end result.

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    Re: neither version of 12.04 installs on this laptop

    the i386 iso is not working.


    Processor / Chipset
    CPU Intel Pentium M 1.2 GHz
    Cache L2 cache - 1.0 MB
    Power Efficiency Low-Voltage (LV)
    Front Side Bus 400.0 MHz
    Chipset Intel 855PM

    Memory

    RAM 640.0 MB
    Max RAM Supported 1.125 GB
    Technology DDR SDRAM
    Speed 266.0 MHz / PC2100
    Slots Qty 1
    Empty Slots 0.0

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    Re: neither version of 12.04 installs on this laptop

    With only 640Mb of RAM you cannot install regular Ubuntu, as it needs more RAM to work with amongst other requirements.
    Your best bet is Lubuntu Minimal Install.
    If your systems support more RAM then, if possible, add more RAM.

    Good Luck...
    "Evolution is Nature's way of issuing upgrades."

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    Re: neither version of 12.04 installs on this laptop

    Or just a minimal install and add any one of the lightweight desktop environments, lxde or xfce or any of the many others.

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

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    Re: neither version of 12.04 installs on this laptop

    Yes, Lubuntu Minimal is a good option.
    Here's a solution if you encounter PAE problems.
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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    Re: Pentium M 1.2 GHz, 640 MB ram: Neither version of 12.04 installs

    Indeed, I hit the PAE problem when trying to install Lubuntu.

    tell me though, I have a reasonably functional version of Ubuntu 11.04 running on this unit. Why should I continue fiddling with upgrades or better versions? Why should one care if support has been ended?

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    Re: Pentium M 1.2 GHz, 640 MB ram: Neither version of 12.04 installs

    Because there will be no security bug fixes (actually you have been vulnerable for more than a year).

    Why not give it a fresh install of Bodhi?
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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    Re: Pentium M 1.2 GHz, 640 MB ram: Neither version of 12.04 installs

    just installed Bodhi now and am fiddling with it. But My Goodness, what a slick little setup this seems to be. And everything just ... works. wireless and all.
    many thanks for your guidance and patience.
    Peter

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    Re: Pentium M 1.2 GHz, 640 MB ram: Neither version of 12.04 installs

    Yea, have been playing with Bodhi in virtual box and really quite like it, too.

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