Trouble upgrading from 8.04 on Inspiron Mini 10v

Asked by Lisa Hughes on 2010-05-28

I've just installed all the updates for 8.04 on my Dell Inspiron Mini 10v in preparation for upgrading it to 8.10 or 10.04. The only reason I wish to upgrade is because I was advised to do this, as the newer version is compatible with mobile broadband software, which is what I wish to start using (I work away from home a lot and don't always have access to wifi). I was just going to upgrade to the 8.10, but the link to do this doesn't seem to work (when I click on the link it just opens up the exact same page in a new tab). So then I thought I'd upgrade to 10.04, as apparently you can do this directly from 8.04. The first instruction for this is to press Alt-F2 and type "update-manager --proposed". However, when I press Alt-F2 nothing happens. So I opened up Terminal from "Applications->Accessories->Terminal" and then typed "update-manager --proposed". This then took me through checking updates (there were none to install as my system is already up-to-date). I clicked "check" anyway. Now, according to the guide on the Ubuntu website, after checking for updates a message should appear informing me of the availability of the new release, giving me the option to click "Upgrade", but this never appears. Sooo... what now...?

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peter b (b1pete) said : #1

Lisa, just a piece of friendly advice

- pls consider leaving the good, working 804 alone and fresh install 1004 lucid to new partitions. the reasons to stir clear of upgrading a good, working install are many - I don't want to get into details here; I can tell you though one of the chief reasons - if something goes wrong with the upgrade procedure, on which you have v little control, you'll still have a good working os (in this case 804) to fall back on. (just for your info - 804 uses as you may know the grub legacy boot procedure while 1004 uses grub2 that is completely different; for sure you know that grub is the os boot up routine, a key element in every os; in the event that you decide to pursue the 1004 fresh install, grub2 will pick up v easily the existing 804 install and offer you the option to boot either 804 or 1004.

- I'd recommend 1004 release - it is the latest and it is a LTS release same as 804

Lisa Hughes (stylisa) said : #2

Peter,

Thanks for your friendly advise. As mentioned in my first message, the only reason I wish to upgrade is because the 8.04 is not compatible with mobile broadband software, otherwise I would not wish to change at all. Apart from this one reason I am very happy with the 8.04. But I need my netbook when I'm working away from home (and we're talking weeks at a time here, not just days). So, apart from upgrading to 10.04 LTS (which you obviously think is a bd idea), what suggestions do you have?

Thanks,

Lisa

PS: why the hell isn't the 8.04 compatible with mobile broadband? WTF?

Lisa Hughes (stylisa) said : #3

PPS: and I'm still waiting for an answer to my first query, which is how to go about the upgrade (if I decide to go ahead with it) as the links on the Ubuntu website either don't work, or don't produce the results that I'm told to expect. What other way around this is there?

Hey Lisa...

try in a terminal update-manager -cd

Ya mini10 will love 10.04.

Upgrade should be ok...

However it is hard to say for sure....

If its all ubuntu from ubuntu it should be ok..... foreign software may break the install and the install may break foreign applications.....

peter b (b1pete) said : #5

ok Lisa, here are the official ubuntu howto's re your query

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UpgradeNotes
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LucidUpgrades

re your ......' Now, according to the guide on the Ubuntu website, after checking for updates a message should appear informing me of the availability of the new release, giving me the option to click "Upgrade", but this never appears. Sooo... what now...?'....

probably the procedure depicted under the heading 'Upgrading Using the Alternate CD/DVD' on the second url above will allow you to upgrade. mind you, I never tried it myself since I never upgrade, always fresh installs on new partitions on my pc's

I hope this answers your question.

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