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Old 10-22-2010, 08:33 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Ubuntu distributions problems

I'm a new user of Ubuntu. I first tried latest version 10.10 desktop. very comprehensiva but :
- very slow booting in a Centrino CPU laptop
- not booting at all in a N455 CPU netbook
Tried version 10.04 which seems to work better :
- fast booting in Centrino CPU laptop
- fast booting in N455 CPU netbook

From Centrino Laptop with Windows XP on HD, once loaded Ubuntu as persistent live program from a USB drive, tried to install the program on SD memory card in PC slot. Upon request, installation made onto that memory only, not on inside HD, hence formatting only that memory.
Upon completion, after removing the external memories and booting again the PC it does not boot of its own any more. XP OS damaged. I have recovered the system with a Toshiba backup CD but the HD has been formatted and all data lost. How can this happen ? I'll never try anymore to permanently install Ubuntu. I'll use it as persistent live on an external memory. I only have an old PC laptop with 128 MB RAM for further installation testing but no Ubuntu release can boot there.

By the way, Lubuntu 10.10 look more fast and safe although appears to have more limitations then Ubuntu 10.10.

Any comment my friends ?

Old 10-22-2010, 08:45 AM   #2
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First if you like to have a linux distro with a GUI 128 RAM is not enough .
You need at least 256 MB RAM
If you do not change it manually than UBUNTU by default install GRUB on SDA .
After the partitioning option there comes a other screen with a option called ADVANCE .
Using this, option you can change the default
Meaning you can choose any drive where to install GRUB
Old 10-22-2010, 09:30 AM   #3
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you might try puppy linux.
Here is a link to the minimum requirements to run it:

As far as Lubuntu is concerned, that is what I have installed on my daughters laptop. It is an older processor with only 256MB RAM. It runs lightning fast.
Not sure how it would work with only 128MB RAM.

Old 10-22-2010, 09:35 AM   #4
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There are different versions of Ubuntu for different purposes, different types of computers and the requirements of hardware, particularly RAM are also different. The Ubuntu Server (CLI) Installation only requires 128MB while the recommended requirement for the Ubuntu Desktop Installation is 1GB of RAM.

During an installation of Ubuntu, it will tell you during the installation where it is going to install, which partitions on which drive.

ronlau9 explained why you were unable to boot after removing the SD card. Did you try booting with the SD card still plugged in? You could probably have saved your data if you had used your xp CD to repair the xp bootloader and put it in the mbr. Not enough information for anyone to know what happened.


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