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    Just for fun I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.10 (desktop-i386) on an old Dell Latitude D400 so I can play around a little with Linux. Unfortunately when I select "run Ubuntu from USB drive" I get an error message:

    ############

    This kernel requires the following features not present on your CPU:
    pae

    Unable to boot: please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU

    #########

    Anyone know of an older version of Linux that will work on this older Dell?

    Thanks.
    Steve

  • #2
    Originally posted by SteveF View Post
    Just for fun I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.10 (desktop-i386) on an old Dell Latitude D400 so I can play around a little with Linux. Unfortunately when I select "run Ubuntu from USB drive" I get an error message:

    ############

    This kernel requires the following features not present on your CPU:
    pae

    Unable to boot: please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU

    #########

    Anyone know of an older version of Linux that will work on this older Dell?

    Thanks.
    Steve

    Try an older release like 6.06
    http://www.roboguys.com/index.php?op...d=27&Itemid=47

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    • #3
      Try this: http://www.webupd8.org/2012/05/how-t...n-non-pae.html

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      • #4
        Originally posted by WCPenney View Post
        i'd also try this route. i wouldn't go as far as to step back to 6.06, as you wouldn't be getting a good feel of what linux can do since that is a 7 year old version. i have 12.04 on a netbook and i also have 10.04 on a laptop. i have also installed 10.04 on a few older laptops for family members, and it is virtually bulletproof. i haven't installed 12.04 on an older machine to see how it works, but i wonder if your 10 year old machine may be a little too old to fully enjoy 12.04. ubuntu is certainly a lot less resource intensive on older hardware, but it is a full featured system and the latest version may be more than your laptop wants to handle. i have done 10.04 on an older pentium with 512mb ram and it was acceptable, but you certainly know it.

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        • #5
          Have a look at Linux Mint @ linuxmint.com. The Xfce version seems to be optimized for less generously resourced 'puters, and is quite easy to use. I would guess that version 9 - 'Isadora' would run well for you on your Dell. We have version 13 - 'Maya' running on a Dell 9400 (not quite as old, but close) laptop, very happy with it. Sometimes downloading wireless drivers can be a pain, but if you run it first on an Ethernet cable, you can work the wireless part out later. Lots of info available on the web on how to.

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          • #6
            I'd not worry about running the newer Ubuntu versions on the Dell. A single core 1.4 to 2.0 ghz system with 2 gig of ram is more than plenty. ( http://www.dell.com/downloads/us/pro.../d400_spec.pdf )

            I've run 11.10 on an early netbook without problems. It's not as snappy as my quad core desktop machine, but it's quite usable and stable.

            Dan
            At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and extra parts.

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            • #7
              To get a feel for Linux, the best route is to make a live CD and boot that laptop from that CD. Live CD's don't require any installation. Start with Knoppix, but there are many others...

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              • #8
                I think that the OP (SteveF) is already trying to use a "live" linux installed on a usb thumb drive. Taydin's suggestion of Knoppix is good. There are install instructions for CD, DVD or flash drive.

                I find the CD is slower than the thumb drive or other flash based memory because programs have to be read off the disk as they are needed. For this reason the flash drive gives performance that is more like a fully installed linux system.

                I usually grab something from http://www.pendrivelinux.com/ when I need to diagnose or fix a machine.

                This link is good for a start.
                http://www.pendrivelinux.com/install...ve-in-windows/
                At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and extra parts.

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