I installed Ubuntu V11.10 on the laptop (Acer K53S) belonging to an elderly gent with strict instructions not to click the “Upgrade” button during routine updates.
You’ve guessed correctly that he did, but worse than that: he closed down the computer during the updating process and some things have screwed up.
Now, only partial upgrades are offered and some Applications are missing from the menu, in particular “Main”(Classic View) which means I can’t look for them.
I attempted to reload V11.10 from disc but not even wubi.exe responded. The machine is dual boot with Windows 7 but I would be happy to reload on top of Windows and use the whole disc if you can advise me how. I am reluctant to download the installation from the web, partly due to the large file size, partly because I don’t know what I’m doing.
Thanks, in anticipation.
I have downloaded the file - 700MB. How glad I am that I had fibre installed three days ago!
I don’t have a 2GB USB stick, but do have some DVDs.
I don’t see any reason to keep W7 as I can’t help the chap with Windows problems.
Just one query: is it possible to have a pseudo Classic View in V12 as it is in V11?
on the second picture, where it says Write Speed: AUTO (or AWS) … change that to 4X
and put a tick in the Verify box.
Once you’ve burned the Ubuntu DVD … boot to it, and select “Try Ubuntu” NOT “Install Ubuntu” … this will give us an idea if the DVD burned correctly, and Ubutnu 12.04.1 is happy on your hardware … also if you’re happy with 12.04
Let us know if there are any problems, and if not, when you’re ready to install.
Inserting the ISO disc brings up a window inviting me to start it using Package Manager.
Clicking Continue merely starts the Ubuntu Software Centre.
I tried running wubi.exe. That flashes a terminal window briefly but does nothing.
Today’s awkward customer?
That’s just what I did, Mark. The message that comes up is:
“A volume software package has been detected.
Would you like to open it with Package Manager?”
Would a Windows download of the file be a better bet? Though I’m not sure why.
[Sorry: I posted this before your post displayed. I didn’t see an ‘Install Ubuntu’ on the desktop]
Ah Ha! Success by the back door.
I rebooted whilst pressing F12 repeatedly, which I expected to provide the options you indicated.
Instead it ignored me and displayed the usual dual-boot options.
I opted this time for a Terminal, and it opened a Grub terminal.
In a panic I typed ‘exit’ and the machine started to boot from the disc - and I am using the demo version now.
It looks just like the Unity desktop, so if the rest of V12 looks similar to V11 I shall be happy to install it over Windows.
I shall play around a bit to see any differences c.f. V11, show it to the owner and get back to you tomorrow for any advice before installing.
Setting the boot order occurred to me in bed this morning (yeah, how sad!) so I booted up on F2 just now, as you suggest, and changed the boot priorities. It worked, of course, and I don’t know why I didn’t realise my error before. Sorry for the delay that caused. So now I’m running V12 from the disc.
The laptop owner is happy to overwrite Windows so now I am ready to install.
Do you have any last words of advice before I do so?
I notice that [i]http://releases.ubuntu.com/12.04/ubuntu-12.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso[/i] is for desktop whereas my application is for a laptop - are there any potential problems?
Asus K53S laptop owned by a computer newbie, loaded by me with Ubuntu V11.10 alongside Windows 7, in Classic View.
I provided worksheets for common operations including what to do when the update screen appeared. Critically, I stated not to click the “Upgrade” button until I had heard how stable V12 is.
The routine update screen showed an error window indicating that a full update was not possible due to missing or incomplete previous updates. A partial update was offered.
Items were missing from the Applications menu.
Selecting “Settings” produced an error message.
Attempted recovery sudo apt-get upgrade installed many updates. sudo apt-get update produced messages that I didn’t understand but suggested - sudo install -f which tried hard to fix the broken system, but to no effect.
The Settings Error “Details” link was very informative and showed a list of about thirty packages that needed to be fixed. It also showed that there had been an aborted attempt to upgrade to V12! It appears that the owner had clicked on Upgrade to V12 in error and had later switched off the computer because the screen was black. I tried: Sudo apt-get install package-name repaired many (some were newest versions) but indicated that there were ~390 more to go.
At his point I asked for help on this Forum.
The consensus was to perform a complete upgrade to V12. For people as ignorant as I am, here is the suggested method that worked for me.