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I've been trying to install lubuntu 14.04 on an old laptop in place of xubuntu to see if it runs any better. I've seen that 14.04 only supports PAE, but in the info for lubuntu it says you can use "forcepae" as a boot option to get around it.

Just trying to boot the live CD results in a blinking underline and it never does anything. I've tried pressing shift at power up but never get a menu to put that option in. This all happens in a matter of less than 5 seconds.

Is there ANY way to at least try it from the live media?

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Well, you are supposed to be able to do this! Are you trying to boot from a 32 but or 64 bit version of lubuntu? –  Charles Green Jul 17 at 4:19
    
Yes - the lubuntu docs say I can do this using the "forcepae" option. 32-bit on a 32-bit system. I can't even get the live media to allow me to put in any options or boot. I tried a 12.10 media but with the same problem. It says that lubuntu 12.04 is not supported - apparently this is unique to lubuntu, but I may try that media just to see if it boots, but I won't install something that is no longer supported. –  user281060 Jul 17 at 7:39
    
Mm - lubuntu 12.04 lts is still supported, and should be for another two years, although I don't think 12.10 can be downloaded from ubuntu anymore. What are you using to create the bootable USB? –  Charles Green Jul 17 at 13:56
    
Lubuntu 12.04 is no longer supported even though the Ubuntu part is still supported. As a matter of fact Lubuntu 12.10 and 13.04 have also reached End of Life. Support for 13.10 ends this month. Since you cannot boot from the CD I would have to ask if you checked the MD5Sum of the download before you burned it to the CD. –  Rex Jul 17 at 20:05
    
I've seen the statements about the eol for these releases - I simply wanted to try to see if the live media from either would at least boot. MD5SUM's are fine. Lubuntu/Ubuntu 12 was when the pae kernel started to be delivered. Nothing it the 12.x range on up will boot the live media. I downloaded the 11.x version to test it and it boots fine. –  user281060 Jul 17 at 20:50

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