ubuntu 12.04 on i686

Asked by Colin W on 2012-12-21

I have an old machine with an i686 CPU. I cannot install ubuntu 12.04 from boot CD as it says x86-64 CPU required. I thought a claimed benefit of Linux was the ability to use old hardware and avoid the ongoing hardware/software upgrade race. Can anyone tell me where the minimum system requirements for the various versions of ubuntu are available for me to read.

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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :


Please consider to install Lubuntu or Xubuntu

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Best Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said :

It seems that you tried to install the 64 bit version on an old computer with a CPU with 32 bit architecture.

You have to be aware that there are a 32 bit and a 64 bit version of Ubuntu to download, and it seems you can only use the 32 bit version on your computer.

For the minimum requirements see https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/installation-guide/i386/index.html

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Colin W (cw07cw) said :

Thanks Manfred Hampl, that solved my question.

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Colin W (cw07cw) said :

Thanks Marco. Thanks Manfred. I will search for a 32-bit version or go for Lubuntu or Xubuntu as suggested .