View Full Version : [ubuntu] 8.10 to 8.04 to 10.04 help downgrade upgrade

May 6th, 2010, 02:59 PM
Hello :) !!!

I am currently dual booting windows xp and ubuntu.
I want to upgrade to 10.04 lts but cannot as i have slow and bad connection to the internet. I do have the ubuntu 10.04 alternate iso, but am unable to burn it as have no burner...

So upgrading would mean having to do it 3 times which i am unable to do, but if i could downgrade to 8.04 i could then upgrade using the iso straight to 10.04 with no problems (correct me if im wrong)

I have also tried booting initrd and vmlinuz and installing that way and sucseeded but my wifi card did not seem to work and neither did other connections so i could not install desktop and other apps.

Solutions i have thought off:

1: Downgrade to 8.04 and use cdrom upgrade to 10.04

How can i downgrade ?

2: Install 10.04 by booting initrd and vmlinuz on xp partition, then have files needed for desktop on usb stick?

What files are needed to get full gnome desktop
How to install to usb stick (how big should stick be)
How to install to ubuntu after?


How to get wifi card to work and install gnome desktop that way?

Thanks Rhys

May 6th, 2010, 03:04 PM


http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1467891&page=2 post 14

May 6th, 2010, 04:16 PM
Thanks for quick reply dino99

but those links dont help i know how to set up ubuntu grub partitions.

Unless there is something im missing when i used the alternate install which is on xp partition, i booted:

root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz
initrd /boot/initrd

This booted up into a text based install first off without having iso in same folder it set up networking and wanted to download os
Second time with iso in folder it found it and used that and didnt bother getting the network set up, it finished install, and i was able to boot to ubuntu 10.04 but there was no desktop it was just command prompt. like when you press ctrl+alt+F1.

May 6th, 2010, 08:02 PM
Ok had a look at downgrading and just messed up sorces.list is there not a easier way?

BTW sources.list sorted

May 7th, 2010, 11:00 AM
Sorted it out!!!!

How i did it,
Boot vmlinuz and initrd
Let it install base system ect from iso.

### Heres where i was going wrong ###

When it asks what you want to install dont just move to it and press enter, move to it and press space this way it will install what ever you have selected. In my case ubuntu-desktop :)


Then let it finish install and when you boot ubuntu it goes woooosh to the new desktop :) (boot is quick :))

I do feel a little silly but then it isnt indecated that you have to use space to select.