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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

64-bit ready

Multi-core (2 total)

Not hyper-threaded

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.

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Begining to think this is actually a hardware issue. Windows started reporting file errors, so I ran CHKDSK but is keeps freezing at the 20% mark when it starts verifying file data. Ubuntu 12.04 is still installed under Wubi on the system. I was trying to install the Wine Meta Package from the software center when things went to **** this time around. –  Combat Hippie Nov 15 '12 at 13:49
Yesterday after running the Windows CHKDSK utility the computer went into complete boot failure. I could not get the computer to recognize any Linux live DVDs I tried Ubuntu 12.04, Unbuntu 11.04, and even Cent OS 6. All of these are known good media that has worked in other systems. –  Combat Hippie Nov 16 '12 at 10:35
I finally got the vaio to recognize a 32 bit Windows 7 pro CD, so now I have one working OS (possibly temporarily as I could get the product key for that particular windows disk to work). Is there a know issue with Sony Vaio laptops no recognizing Ubuntu live CDs? –  Combat Hippie Nov 16 '12 at 10:39
The errors reported by Windows CHKDSK yesterday before the laptop crashed completely were: Windows replaced bad clusters in file 7731 of name \Boot\bootstat.dat Windows replaced bad clusters in file 84843 of name \ubuntu\disks\root.disk I'm going to burn an iso of 12.10 32 bit from this laptop and see if this thing can read it. –  Combat Hippie Nov 16 '12 at 13:43
Okay I had the laptop up and running for awhile using an install of Ubuntu 12.10 64bit after reformatting the bad hard drive. Then that crashed again and I couldn't boot. –  Combat Hippie Nov 29 '12 at 10:35
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