One of the items that I inherited after Mum died was her old laptop, an Asus X551CA that I bought her for Christmas 2013. This month I replaced the battery, upgraded the hard drive and installed Linux.Continue reading Installing Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on an old Asus X551CA laptop from 2013
I’ve just updated the previous post, but I’ll say it again:
Woohoo! I’ve just successfully installed Ubuntu 6.06 LTS.
- Updated the BIOS to the latest version (08 August 2003)
- Ran the Live CD
- Used GParted to manually delete the current partitions
- Ran the Ubuntu installer
- That’s it!
It’s now installing 186 updates … Woohoo!
Now … what Microsoft software is available for it? I much prefer Microsoft software to any of that homemade stuff. They’re a proper company and everything.
p.s. I’m only teasing. I love Open Source software.
Ah! see … folks go on and on and on about how lovely and shiny Linux is, and how much better it is than Windows.
So I dug out Jane’s old PC and fired it up with the Live CDs of:
- Ubuntu 7.10 – didn’t load the Live CD
- Ubuntu 6.06 – loaded Live CD, but wouldn’t install
- Kubuntu 7.10 – didn’t load the Live CD
- Kubuntu 6.06 – loaded Live CD, got bored waiting for install
- Xubuntu 7.10 – didn’t load the Live CD … and it’s for old, crap PCs!! 😉
- Ubuntu 5.whatever – installing right now, but won’t recognise the network
Not as easy as these so-called experts make it out to be, ay!
Mind you, it probably doesn’t help that Jane’s old PC is made from twigs and previously ran Windows 98. 😉
I really should have added the wink 😉 at the end of the last paragraph — I’ve added it now.
Woohoo! I persevered as Ubuntu 6.06 seemed to get so far before falling over.
So after updating the PC’s BIOS — after much detective work I discovered that the motherboard is a M810L v.7.1a from— I was able to boot to the Ubuntu Live CD and install from there … once I’d used GParted to manually delete all the partitions on my hard drive.
Thanks for the advice Richard, but I really wanted to check out Ubuntu having used it very successfully before. And I’m not the kind of person who just gives up because something’s not working. That’s how I learn. 🙂