I've been trying to convert an old xp desktop to linux (ubuntu) and am struggling a bit. The computer is a Pentium Dual Core 5300 processor with 4GB of memory. The weakest link may be the 250mb gForce graphics card.
From what I've read, it seems that this machine should handle Ubuntu either 32 or 64 bit, but several attempts would end in an error message reporting a problem with the hard drive or the DVD. I have replaced both with new drives and have tried several installs of the ISO onto different DVDs for both 32bit and 64bit 14.04 Ubuntu. All attempts end in the same error.
I finally managed to install Lubunto 14.04 and it seems to be running fine, but the whole idea of doing this was to try and use FreeCad and OpenScan to design parts for my 3d printers. (I typically design my parts on a windows machine with Cubify and OpenScad but that machine is in another part of the building).
I installed both FreeCad and Cubify on the Lubuntu installation (everything else about the Lubuntu seems to be working fine), both programs lock up when I try to run them. My questions are this....
Am I right in assuming that either 32 or 64 bit Ubuntu should run on a dual core with 3Gb of memory?
Could the video card be the issue with both installing Ubuntu and runing FreeCad and OpenScan?
Are these two programs even able to run in Lubuntu?
Here is the inxi output...thanks KGIII (had to find out what this command was)
System: Host: charlie-OEM Kernel: 3.19.0-30-generic i686 (32 bit, gcc: 4.8.2)
Desktop: LXDE (Openbox 3.5.2) Distro: Ubuntu 14.04 trusty
Machine: Mobo: Foxconn model: G31MVP version: FAB:1.0 Bios: Phoenix version: 6.00 PG date: 09/11/2008
CPU: Dual core Pentium CPU E5300 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 10443 Clock Speeds: 1: 1200.00 MHz 2: 1200.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: NVIDIA G72 [GeForce 7300 GS] bus-ID: 01:00.0 X.Org: 1.17.1 drivers: nouveau (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on NV46 GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 10.5.9
Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card: Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.19.0-30-generic
Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
Controller driver: r8169 ver: 2.3LK-NAPI port: ce00 bus-ID: 03:00.0 IF: eth0 state: down mac: Card-2: NetGear WG111v2 54 Mbps Wireless [RealTek RTL8187L]
driver: rtl8187 usb-ID: 001-008 IF: wlan0 state: up mac:
Drives: HDD Total Size: 820.2GB (0.4% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD5000AAKX size: 500.1GB temp: 42C 2: id: /dev/sdb model: WDC_WD3200AAJS size: 320.1GB temp: 41C
Partition: ID: / size: 291G used: 3.2G (2%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 3.49GB
used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID: No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 73.0 Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 141 Uptime: 1:05 Memory: 234.3/3278.7MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: N/A
Client: Shell (bash 4.3.11) inxi: 1.9.17