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I have three non-pae (Pentium M) laptops. They are all in a good physical state and work perfectly well, so I have no reason to stop using them... that is, except for getting left behind as the later updates of Ubuntu require pae. I was advised to stick to the non-pae variant of 12.04, but that release has an Intel display driver problem that causes my systems to boot to a blank screen. Reverting back to 10.04.4 LTS has a similar Intel display instability.

When I have asked this question elsewhere I have been advised to throw away my hardware and buy new. I'm reluctant to junk perfectly good machines, and I don't have the finances to replace them.

So.. advice please on where to go with this situation.

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I don't know whether your issue is due to an old kernel, or just the Intel drivers, but my laptop (HP Compaq NC6000 with a Pentium M and a Radeon 9600) does well with Ubuntu 12.10 and the non-pae drivers from webtoms bazaar page. If your system is not usable (no console on ctrl-alt-f1), you could install Ubuntu 12.10 or 13.04 with the instructions from Webupd8.

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You may be able to install Lubuntu 12.10 see here‌​. But other than that I don't think any official *buntu release still supports non-PAE systems. –  Warren Hill May 1 '13 at 15:40
    
That Webupd8 page gives an instruction on how to change the kernel from the cd/usb installer to a non-pae build. So you CAN install Ubuntu 12.10/13.04, although not officially. –  R110 May 1 '13 at 15:43
    
Thanks, I'll try the Webupd8 route abd see how it goes. –  Dave D May 2 '13 at 7:12

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