View Full Version : [ubuntu] Install ubuntu with low memory

January 31st, 2011, 01:45 PM

I have an old laptop - samsung q25, it has only 256 mb of RAM and i want to install ubuntu 10.10 on it. System requirements says ubuntu needs minimum 256 mb, so looks like i fit in. But installation and even preview doesn't work.. Ubuntu starts, i can see the wallpaper, a cursor, but there's no panels or installation menus..

Is it possible to install ubuntu in console mode?

P.S.: Debian 5 installed successfully on this laptop.

January 31st, 2011, 02:17 PM
You're probably looking at old system requirements, see the new version here-

Recommended Minimum System Requirements-
Ubuntu Desktop Edition

1 GHz x86 processor
1GB of system memory (RAM)
15GB of hard-drive space (although this can be split onto 2 drives, a 5Gb / and a 10Gb /home fairly easily)
Graphics card and monitor capable of 1024 by 768
Either a CD/DVD Drive or a USB port (or both)
Internet access (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Synaptic/PackageDownloadScript) is helpful

While you can often run Ubuntu on hardware of lower (and sometimes much lower) specification using a minimal install (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation#Minimal%20installations), performance will suffer. Most users (especially those new to Ubuntu) risk frustration if they ignore these suggestions.

Ubuntu Desktop (GUI) Installation

1 GHz x86 processor
512MB of system memory (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/LowMemorySystems) (RAM)
5GB of disk space (for OS files; consideration should be given to the (often very large) size of user files that will occupy the /home directory)
Graphics card and monitor capable of 1024x768
Cd/Dvd-drive (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation#Installation%20without%20a%20CD)
Sound support, if you need sound.
Internet access (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Synaptic/PackageDownloadScript) is helpful


January 31st, 2011, 03:04 PM
Without upgrading the memory you would be better off with one of these (http://www.tuxradar.com/content/whats-best-lightweight-linux-distro) or antiX

January 31st, 2011, 03:20 PM
You can run a regular Ubuntu with 512 MB or more, but with 256 I would go for one of these:

I have good experience with Lubuntu on old hardware.

January 31st, 2011, 03:26 PM
I agree with mrgs. LUbuntu (http://lubuntu.net/) would probably be your best bet for a nice Ubuntu experience on the older computer. Or other lightweight distros will work but if you have to have Ubuntu use LUbuntu