Monday, July 29, 2013

So much for not being chatty right now

I made it to 3am before I crashed. Now it is noon and I'm supposed to be going to bed, not getting up. The chopper left about 5 minutes after I posted previously. Quiet morning after that.

I managed to get a USB download of Ubuntu, but it didn't like my Dell D800 notebook, which is the one I would have put Ubuntu on permanently. My CPU didn't have pae or something like that. I'll try setting it up on my netbook and see if it works there. So much for Linux working great on 'older' model computers.

I spent some of yesterday over at where they have a Code Year of tutorials/classes on web programming. I'm 3 'weeks' in, and if nights are going to be anything like last night I'll be a freaking educated genius before this is all over.

Today I need to clean house and do laundry. I want to get through everything I have here and have it clean and organized before I bring all my other stuff in. I went to Deseret Industries the other day and got a pyrex bread pan, a small stainless skillet and 2 small plates (originally from Williams-Sonoma) all for $8. I'm slowly getting set up.


  1. I really didn't have much luck with Ubuntu. I'm glad I switched to the Mac.

  2. Found a couple of work arounds for the Ubuntu install, hopefully one of them will work for you.

    PAE extensions - is a technique which allows a 32bit CPU to address more than 4GB of memory address space.

    By default, 12.04 and later versions of Ubuntu expects a CPU with this capability:

    PAE is provided by Intel Pentium Pro and above CPUs, including all later Pentium-series processors (except the 400 MHz-bus versions of the Pentium M). It is also available on other processors with similar or more advanced versions of the same architecture, such as the AMD Athlon and later AMD processor models. [wikipedia]

    Older systems which have the memory controller on the motherboard may not "expose" the CPU's PAE support, effectively making them non-PAE.

    A few possible workarounds:

    Workaround 1:
    Install Lubuntu or Xubuntu, then install the regular Ubuntu Desktop

    Install either Lubuntu 12.04 32-bit or Xubuntu 12.04 32-bit; both of these use a non-PAE kernel by default.
    Once you boot into your new Lubuntu/Xubuntu, you can then switch to the default Unity desktop by installing the ubuntu-desktop package.

    Workaround 2:
    Install an older version and then upgrade to 12.04

    Install 10.04 or 11.10 and then upgrade to 12.04. See the linked question below for 12.10.

    Workaround 3:
    If you have a wired internet connection, use the "net install" mini-CD

    You will need a reasonably fast wired connection for this method -- all packages will be downloaded over the internet.
    Download the non-PAE netboot CD image mini.iso and burn it to a CD or USB.
    Boot from it, follow the steps, and choose linux-generic when asked to choose a kernel, and ubuntu-desktop to get the "default" Ubuntu installation the regular Desktop CD would have given you, just with a non-PAE kernel.
    You can also choose one of the other desktops. You should choose a desktop otherwise you will not have a GUI to play with after installation.

  3. Thank you Anon. Friday on my next day off I'll plunge in again. I probably have one of the older versions of Ubuntu downloads on one of the computers around here to start with as I intended to move to it long ago.