I was recently given a hand me down Sony Vaio VGN-CR220E with Windows Vista Home Premium SP2 as the OS, and it still has all the pre-loaded Vaio Care utilities. I have two gigs of ram currently. The processor is:
2.00 gigahertz Intel Core2 Duo
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Multi-core (2 total)
I've been trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 (I wanted the LTS version) as a second OS using Wubi for the 64 bit version. I can get Ubuntu to install and boot initially. After this I get updates. I've done this both through the GUI software updater, and through the terminal using sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Everything will work fine for a few hours to a day and then Ubuntu will start locking up and finally stop booting. I'll know this is about to happen when updates or installs through the software center start failing. I've gotten varying error messages from "package failed to download" to "program issue with aptdaemon." After which I can no longer boot into Ubuntu. At first I thought maybe it was my cruddy wireless connections causing downloads to fail when I go to get updates, but I get the same problems when on my work's wireless which is much more robust than my home network. The only program I install regularly that does not come through the software center is Google Chrome.
Would using 32 bit Ubuntu be an improvement? I have no objection to making this puter a fully Linux system, but I would prefer dual boot, and since I do not have a 64 bit Windows disk, I don't want to get rid of Windows until I know for certain I can get Ubuntu working on this machine. I also tried using 12.10 at one point both ran into issues even faster there.