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    Dell GX260 + a newbie = issues

    Hello one and all,

    My google-fu appears to be weak on this one so forgive me if this has been covered.
    Here are the steps and conclusions I've come to so far.

    I tried to install the latest version of ubuntu on an old Dell GX260, it boots as far as what looks like a desktop\install screen but then starts spitting out errors and won't let me install.

    I tried a number of other modern releases of linux and all did roughly the same kind of things, Fedora boots to the desktop but then I can't click the install icon, Suse shows me a green screen with the suse logo, gentoo.... well... I'm new and I got part way through the install and had no idea what was going on.

    Being from a windows background I figure "hey, maybe this is like installing windows 7 on an old machine" so I start looking for an older version of ubuntu to use. The handful I've tried have all had the same issues untill I tried 4.10.

    I presume it's some kind of driver issue so,

    Is there a way of upgrading from 4.10 to the latest release?
    Does anyone else have Ubuntu on a GX260, if so, what version?
    Is there a way of "slip steeaming" the drivers for the GX260 into an ubuntu install CD?

    I know I should just get a newer machine to install it on but I want to try it out on this before I go the whole hog and switch.

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    Re: Dell GX260 + a newbie = issues

    Older post but may be relevant to your issue:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=481558

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    Re: Dell GX260 + a newbie = issues

    Just a thought- the lighter versions of ubuntu are more friendly for older hardware, and are worth considering to try also - such as xubuntu and lately lubuntu.

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    Re: Dell GX260 + a newbie = issues

    absolutely!

    Go for a 'light' installation rather than an old version. Old versions are no longer supported, dont have the latest software, bug fixes etc...

    xubuntu or lubuntu are more likely to meet your requirements and are still actively developed....

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    Re: Dell GX260 + a newbie = issues

    How much memory does this machine have? The installation process needs a certain amount of memory. How much? I cannot remember. Sorry. You could try an Alternate Install CD. This uses a text based installer that does not require as much memory to the standard install CD.

    Regards.
    It is a machine. It is more stupid than we are. It will not stop us from doing stupid things.
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    Re: Dell GX260 + a newbie = issues

    Sounds like a smarter way of doing things

    so I've been skim reading some bits about the light versions and I don't really get the difference between lubuntu and xubuntu.

    I mean, I get that one uses Xfce and the other uses LXDE but I don't exactly get what that means... what's the difference?
    Which is better?

    also,

    Where do I get these "alternate" downloads from? I've been rumadging and I'm having a very bad google day ¬¬

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    Re: Dell GX260 + a newbie = issues

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBlueMonkey View Post
    Where do I get these "alternate" downloads from? I've been rumadging and I'm having a very bad google day ¬¬
    http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubunt...ative-download

    for the Ubuntu alternative installer.

    Lubuntu and Xubuntu will almost certainly be fine as is.

    You never really answered the spec questions which may give people a better idea as to whether to advise you to persevere with Ubuntu or go for a lighter system like lubuntu or xubuntu.

    In terms of which of the lighter ones are 'better' it really is personal preference. Try em and see!

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    Re: Dell GX260 + a newbie = issues

    Neither one is "better"; they're just different desktops. In my opinion/experience, LXDE is a bit lighter and faster, but XFCE is much more mature, stable, and feature-complete.


    The GX260 is cursed with an onboard intel i845 graphics chip, which works poorly with Linux, unfortunately. It works acceptably if you update the BIOS on the system to the latest version, but I would stay away from desktops like KDE4, Unity, or GNOME3 with that graphics chip.

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    Re: Dell GX260 + a newbie = issues

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBlueMonkey View Post
    Sounds like a smarter way of doing things

    so I've been skim reading some bits about the light versions and I don't really get the difference between lubuntu and xubuntu.

    I mean, I get that one uses Xfce and the other uses LXDE but I don't exactly get what that means... what's the difference?
    Which is better?

    also,

    Where do I get these "alternate" downloads from? I've been rumadging and I'm having a very bad google day ¬¬
    I just had a thought...

    you realise that the 'alterative installer' is a different way of getting the main Ubuntu distro onto your system?

    the other flavours (lubuntu and xubuntu) can be found here:

    http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-11.04.iso

    and here:

    http://www.xubuntu.org/getubuntu

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    Re: Dell GX260 + a newbie = issues

    Quote Originally Posted by iclestu View Post
    You never really answered the spec questions
    Sorry about that, It's a GX260 P4 2.4GHZ 256MB 20GB but I'm rumadging for some spare\cheap memory for it

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