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    Getting Ubuntu installed

    I can't get Ubuntu to boot from a USB

    I am trying to replace a windowsXP operating system on an Acer Aspire minilaptop.
    I have downloaded Ubuntu onto a USB memory stick.
    I have tried to boot from this but the laptop persists in booting Windows.
    I have put USB first on the boot order using setup.
    I have pushed F12 as it starts and it takes me to a menu and I have chosen USB, but it persists in booting windows.
    Does the Ubuntu download need to be the only thing on the memory stick for this to work.
    Thanks for any thoughts and advice.

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    Re: Getting Ubuntu installed

    Yes, it needs to be the only thing in that USB and it needs to be bootable, something you can't achieve by simply downloading Ubuntu onto a USB memory stick as you apparently did.

    Assuming you're doing that in Windows you can use Rufus or Balena Etcher. Please be aware all contents of that USB stick will be deleted so don't forget to make a backup if they're important.

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    Re: Getting Ubuntu installed

    Quote Originally Posted by pkmurray3 View Post
    Does the Ubuntu download need to be the only thing on the memory stick for this to work.
    You don't just put the file on the drive, you need to write the image to the drive. Here are some instructions.
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    Re: Getting Ubuntu installed

    Copying the ISO using Windows file manager doesn't work. You need an application (as stated above) like Rufus to transfer the files from the ISO as well as making the USB bootable.

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    Re: Getting Ubuntu installed

    Thanks for the help.

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    Re: Getting Ubuntu installed

    Now I have a second problem. When I use the new bootable USB stick, my little computer says that the kernel requires an X86-64 CPU but only a i686 CPU is detected.
    please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU.
    Do I need a different version of Ubuntu?
    How do I find that?
    Thanks

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    Re: Getting Ubuntu installed

    Yes, you have a 32-bit computer - not at all surprising - so you need 32-bit Ubuntu (or something else). The last still supported Ubuntu release for 32-bit is 18.04 (supported until 2023).

    Now the problem: If it's 32-bit and from the XP era now is an ancient almost unusable computer. Vanilla Ubuntu is a bad choice, it's too much for that hardware. Some lighter Ubuntu flavor like Lubuntu would be the suggestion but flavors have only 3 years of support therefore the last 32-bit Lubuntu has less than a year left (April 2021).

    Try Debian 32-bit or AntiX. Nothing in the Ubuntu family is likely to work that old hardware satisfactorily.

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    Re: Getting Ubuntu installed

    Quote Originally Posted by pkmurray3 View Post
    When I use the new bootable USB stick, my little computer says that the kernel requires an X86-64 CPU but only a i686 CPU is detected.
    Ubuntu stopped making 32-bit install images back in 2017. There are still some distros that haven't yet dropped support for ancient 32-bit machines, but a lot of applications have stopped doing those builds.
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    Re: Getting Ubuntu installed

    Thank you for the advice.
    When I have downloaded the new kernel, do I do the same thing to make a bootable USB stick with Rufus?
    Appreciate your help.

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    Re: Getting Ubuntu installed

    After you've download the 32-bit installation ISO do the same. That never changes.

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