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I want to turn my 64-bit installation into a 32-bit one.

So far, I've tried to install a 32-bit kernel using this command:

sudo apt-get install linux-image:i386 linux-image-generic:i386 linux-image-generic-pae:i386 linux-firmware:i386

That command returns the following error:

Package linux-firmware:i386 is a virtual package provided by:
  linux-firmware 1.95 [Not candidate version]
E: Package 'linux-firmware:i386' has no installation candidate

I don't understand this as linux-firmware is available in all architectures, not just i386:

$ apt-cache show linux-firmware | grep Filename
Filename: pool/main/l/linux-firmware/linux-firmware_1.95_all.deb
Filename: pool/main/l/linux-firmware/linux-firmware_1.34.10_all.deb
Filename: pool/main/l/linux-firmware/linux-firmware_1.34.7_all.deb
Filename: pool/main/l/linux-firmware/linux-firmware_1.34.4_all.deb
Filename: pool/main/l/linux-firmware/linux-firmware_1.34_all.deb
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Hi and thanks for using this site. Do you want to completely switch to the 32-bit architecture or just want to install the kernel? Having a 32-bit kernel is not enough to have a fully 32-bit installation (the kernel is the last step). –  Andrea Corbellini Dec 28 '12 at 12:47
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Why do you want this? Because all 32-bit software works in 64-bit! –  Alvar Dec 28 '12 at 13:25
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Keep in mind that 64bit packages will not run well (if at all) in a 32 bit environment. If you need 32bit for a specific program, you can either re-install 32bit Ubuntu or dual boot 32 and 64. If you have more than 3GB RAM, only 3GB will be addressed in 32bit OS'. –  Andrew Dec 28 '12 at 13:34
    
@Andrea, i want full installation without installing from scratch ^^ –  Kokizzu Dec 28 '12 at 13:37
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@KiswonoPrayogo you can't have full installation without installing from scratch. impossible. And programs don't use more memory if they are designed for 64-bit... –  Alvar Dec 28 '12 at 15:05
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If it is for using 32 bit ELFs, then install multilib support. Or else its easier and less error prone to reinstall ubuntu in 32 bit mode, then installing hundreds of new packages.

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Very similar to How can I switch a 32-bit installation to a 64-bit one? .

The answer is that multi-arch crossgrading isn't supported yet. So just do a clean install. You can do a clean install that keeps all your files, but it's highly recommended to back up first.

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