Box type: Dell Inspiron E1505 with a Core2Duo and 2GB RAM

Problem history: I recently upgraded my machine from a 12.04 to a 14.04. Everything went smooth and within a few hours, I was prompted to upgrade to 16.04 but the upgrade to 16.04 and I lost all my data (which is fine since I backed up all my files). Having no 16.04 or 14.04 installation disks, I reinstalled 12.04 and tried going through the same process again but was unable to upgrade to even 14.04. But I was lucky the third time around and I have a working machine with 14.04 now.


  • Why could this be happening?
  • Should I try installing Ubuntu 16.04 through an installing disc instead?

Any suggestions?

  • You should install 16.04 LTS using a USB stick, the year is 2017, you know. – user692175 Dec 4 '17 at 0:23
  • Yes, use a 16.04 installation disc or USB stick. It'll be a cleaner install than one that's been upgraded twice. – Chai T. Rex Dec 4 '17 at 0:36

Your hardware seems to be outdated (Core2Duo). Ubuntu 16.04 requires 2GB of system memory, try adding some more RAM. Try downloading the ISO from Ubuntu's site to a USB stick. When you proceed to download the ISO, there are recommend system requirements. https://www.ubuntu.com/download

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