Release notes should warn against installing Ubuntu on old machines

Sitsofe Wheeler sitsofe at
Tue Mar 6 22:12:15 UTC 2007

Ubuntu can have serious problem when installed on machines whose BIOSes
cannot read files past the 1023rd cylinder. This is a well known problem
and there have been a fair few reports of this problem listed on the
forums as well as within launchpad. One of the more recent version of
these reports was marked as rejected:
I feel this is wrong as there is no indication that Ubuntu is a poor fit
for old machines. The installer should check to see if the BIOS is older
than 2001 and if so, put up a warning saying that Ubuntu is not suitable
for such an old system. Additionally, the release notes should also
mention that Ubuntu is not designed for old systems to save people the
negative experience of going all the way through the install and then
being unable to boot the machine at the end. Perhaps a force option can
be used at grub/isolinux for those who want to go ahead anyway...

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