upgrade from Lubuntu 12 LTS to Lubuntu 14 LTS on old desktop?

Richard H. McCullough rhm at pioneerca.com
Sun Aug 9 12:43:41 UTC 2015

I did update my Dell 8200 to Ubuntu 14.04 with no problems at all.Update retained my LXDE.

What is the b43 issue?
Is it related to USB wireless adapter problem?  I just bought Netgear WNA3100M
and have not been able to get it to work. After googling I had several conflicting
stories about how to fix it.
(I have also been wondering if my Belkin N300 could ever work.)

1) First I tried the ndiswrapper approach. I installed ndiswrapper programs and
bcmwl-kernel-source and b43-fwcutter. Not too sure what part of broadcom-sta-source is installed. 
Had weird problem with Synaptic Package Manager -- every time my mouse passed
over a display window, all the info disappeared!!! Sometimes if I played with the
scroll bar, the info would reappear.
WNA3100M never connected. It's possible I may also have Network settings wrong
since I never tried to use wireless adapter before. I had same disappearing info. problem.
Ubuntu seemed to override some of my settings. DNS was usually set to
overriding my DNS setting of for AT&T U-verse router.

2) Then I went to Ask Ubuntu and found the rtl8192cu driver approach.
Without uninstalling the stuff from step (1) above, I installed the driver using    git clone https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8192cu.git
    cd rtl8192cu
    sudo make installBut the WNA3100M never worked. It sort of looked like it connected,but there was never any data transferred, and it sort of looked likeI was still on Ethernet (looking at Interfaces with System Profiler and Benchmarkand using lsusb and usb-devices) even though I unplugged the Ethernet cable. 3) FYII was able to use Netgear WNA3100M on Windows 8.1 Pro,but finding device (& rest of installation) failed on Windows 10 Pro.  Can you explain what's happening & how to fix it?

Dick McCullough
Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2015 21:37:00 -0500
From: israeldahl at gmail.com
To: lubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com
Subject: Re: upgrade from Lubuntu 12 LTS to Lubuntu 14 LTS on old desktop?


      I am was trying to explain not to use the 12.04 version of LXDE,
      sorry if that was unclear.


      To recap:

      You can install a PPA to have an up-to-date WM/DE  (possibly even

      So yes, you CAN stay on 12.04.


      But Dells usually work pretty well (aside from the b43 issue
      sometimes, maybe others).  14.04 is quite nice, so if they can
      upgrade I'd suggest it for sure.




      On 08/08/2015 12:47 PM, Fritz Hudnut wrote:




                In short: Yes you can, and should.  Do not use 12.04 as
                the version of

                LXDE (what Lubuntu is built on) is not supported.

                In Long:

                You can still use 12.04 if you want to use a PPA to
                install a different

                interface.  But even still 14.04 is a very snappy
                system.  I'd suggest

                upgrading to 12.04 for many reasons.

            et al:


            Just to rebutt on this somewhat confusing advice, "do
              not use 12.04" followed by "I'd suggest upgrading to 12.04
              for many reasons" ?????  : - ))  I still have Xu 12.04
              running on my PM 3,1; I just got a number of updates even
              last weekend on it.  I've considered the software
              reminders to "upgrade now to 14.04" on it . . . I did move
              my iBook 933 MHz w/ 546 MB RAM to 14.04, but doing so was
              not as trouble free as doing a 12.04 install.  In 14 I had
              to do an xorg.conf file to keep display from freezing,
              and, then among other issues, the i2c thingie so that
              there is no sound.


            Of course this is in the **problem area*** of being
              PPC, but, in comparison, 12.04 installed w/o issues, and,
              other than not having "suspend" . . . it is fine.  There
              is always a new flavor of linux coming down the pike, but,
              for the old hardware perhaps whatever runs best/easiest is
              the best choice.


            Will I ever bring my PM up to 14??? perhaps; I recently
              tested the LiveDVD of Lu 14.04.2 on it, and posted my
              experience of having no need for boot params, it was a bit
              "snappier" as far as running commands in the Terminal
              went; but then the window title bar text is illegible . .
              . whereas everywhere else the display resolution was fine
              . . . .  Very odd, not a total showstopper, but, why take
              time to upgrade the old machine, and then spend time
              getting it to do basic stuff, stuff that 12.04 is doing
              just fine???  Didn't get any comments from the list on
              that one . . . in terms of suggestions on how to render
              titlebar text so it would be read-able, or ideas on why it
              would be un-readable, when the rest is fine.


            Israel has mentioned "ToriOS" here on the list a few
              times along with JWM, which is possibly still based on
              12.04???  Would that be a way to get an update on 12.04,
              but still keep the stability and ease of installation . .
              . rather than increasing system requirements on hardware
              to move it up to 14??  Just trying to show that there
              might be benefit for staying with 12 on low spec




            PS: Someone mentioned qupzilla here and awhile back, so
              I was looking for a browser that could work on my PPC
              stuff . . . couldn't get it to show up in 12, but on the
              iBook with 14 it did, so I installed it . . . when I tried
              to "go" to Gmail or other webmail pages, it
              crashed--several times . . . it was "removed."  : - )








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