Mar 11

Ubuntu installation on a low RAM machine

Category: Linux   — Published by tengo on March 11, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Ever wanted to get a decent ubuntu on an older PC, a legacy machine that you found down the cellar? Then you might run into weird trouble when installing from a live CD or DVD - the installer needs more than the available RAM

While booting the system, press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to go to console
Select a disk for swap: sudo fdisk -l
(a) Create swap partition: $ sudo fdisk /dev/hda
(b) Make swap file system (hda5 is swap file system in this example): $ sudo mkswap /dev/hda5
(c) Add swap to the running system: $ sudo swapon /dev/hda5
(d) Make sure that swap is live: $ sudo swapon -s

Then, press Ctrl+Alt+F7 to go back to desktop. Run graphical installer
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