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Old 07-28-2010, 05:51 PM   #1
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Am I supposed to install x86, x586, 64bit, etc...?????

Currently, I am on Win7 Home Premium 64Bit. The machine is a
Toshiba Satellite L455 laptop,
Intel Celeron 900, 2.20GHz

What will I need to look for in the distro name, when selecting one?
For example, I downloaded and installed


Did I get the wrong one? Im having many problems with my Kubuntu install, and I actually hope that I just took the wrong file. I downloaded the torrent from

Old 07-28-2010, 06:13 PM   #2
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Typically, 64-bit installs are labeled as amd64 (even if it's actually an intel processor). x86 is typically a 32-bit install. There are some distros that no longer support older 386 hardware, so they might label theirs as 586 or 686 (which is the P4 type class - even if an AMD chip).
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If you downloaded and and installed the amd64 version and it runs at all, then this version is fit for your computer.

Please describe "many problems", applications, drivers, video, wireless, Flash, etc?

Except for programs which are only available in 32 bits (like Skype) you should not have more problems running an AMD64 version as compared to 32-bits like 686.

Ubuntu is known to be not bug fee. Check to see if your model is supported, how to install, and which version other owners installed.

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Originally Posted by Bhakta Neal View Post

Did I get the wrong one?
AMD64 was the right architecture (though any x86 architecture would also be OK).

I recently tried Kubuntu 10.04 myself and I'm very unimpressed.

My previous experience with Kubuntu was too slight to form a valid opinion. Maybe Kubuntu was a good beginner distribution when it included KDE3.

I don't think KDE4 is ready for beginners yet.

My favorite Linux distribution remains an older version of Mepis. I think Mepis 8.0 is still supported and it includes KDE3 (it's what I'm running on now). I tried Mepis 8.5 including KDE4 and it is much worse. Mepis 8.5 doesn't make KDE4 quite as beginner unfriendly as Kubuntu 10.04 does. But Mepis 8.5 still is much worse than Mepis 8.0 and KDE4 is the reason.

Im having many problems with my Kubuntu install, and I actually hope that I just took the wrong file. I downloaded the torrent from
What specific problems? I don't think you've even reached the point of being confused by KDE4 yet.

Linux distributions often have trouble with some display systems on initial install. Almost always you can figure it out and get the display to work right without switching to a different distribution. But sometimes switching to a different distribution is easier.

The whole Ubuntu family in version 10.04 is generally good at getting most display systems correct from the start. But if you happen to have one of the display systems it doesn't get right, the fact that it is generally good doesn't help you.

Of course I have no idea whether you're even having a display problem. It's just the most common install time problem.
Old 07-28-2010, 07:28 PM   #5
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Ahh, Firefox does not show tabs in the task bar. It just looks like it never opens. After I had installed Firefox, my nifty Desktop folder (you know, that one-of-a-kind folder right on the desktop)suddenly disappeared, as well as my kde microblog window. It just doesn't handle quite like Koala, 9.10, and that ran on a very modest, 10-year-old dinosaur!


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