Install Problems

Steve yorvik.ubunto at
Thu Apr 30 18:58:24 UTC 2009

On Wed, 29 Apr 2009 21:21:12 -0400
Brian McKee <brian.mckee at> wrote:

> On Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 1:59 PM, Kipton Moravec <kip at> wrote:
> > I try the normal install and I get an error about BIOS age (1998) fails
> > cutoff (2000) acpi=force is required to enable ACPI.
> That's a red herring.  It doesn't want to do ACPI because it thinks
> your BIOS is likely too old.
> It's likely right.  Ignore it, and it will do the right thing.
> Forcing it to use ACPI anyway might cause issues.
> With 256 meg of ram, you are probably better to install via the
> Alternate CD and accept a sluggish (but useable) Ubuntu, or consider
> Xubuntu or similar.
> I'm finding 384Meg seems to be about the lower limit for most people's patience.
> Brian
I get the same message on this machine and just ignore it as everything works OK. The Alternate CD for Xubuntu is the way to go and should produce a usable machine as long as you don’t try to run more than a couple of applications at the same time.  As Brian said 384 does make for a better experience and allows Ubuntu to perform within reason.
Another method of installing the software, that I use a lot, is to plug the drive into a faster machine after unplugging any other hard drives and install it on that machine.

Steve <Yorvik.Ubunto at>

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