New instalation, old distribution, antique machine

Patrick Asselman iceblink at
Wed Aug 1 06:53:52 UTC 2012

On 2012-07-31 15:14, Dave Burrows wrote:
> Hello,
> We've tried everything we know to do to upgrade Ubuntu (Ubuntu 6.06 
> - the Dapper Drake) on this HP Omnibook without success.
> 1. Upgrade Tool - New distribution release '8.04.1 LTS is available.
>         Getting upgrade prerequisites failed
> 2. From CD - seems CD-ROM isn't functioning; dusted w/ canned air. 
> Same
> results.
> 3. from USB Flash Drive
> One option is to try to borrow an external CD-ROM, but installing it 
> may
> prove difficult.  Another may be to pursue the permissions of 
> wubi.exe,
> but I don't know where to start.  A third might be to figure out a 
> way
> for this old distribution to look for something newer than 8.04 on 
> the
> server; is that even possible?
> We use this machine exclusively to record sermons at our church with
> Audacity.  I'm a total Linux novice beyond this machine.
> Does anyone have any ideas for a next direction?
> Peace,
> Dave

Your antique hardware is bound to fail in the near future. I'm sure 
someone at your church (or maybe some kind soul on this list) would be 
willing to donate a machine that is less old than your 10+ year old 
notebook. Install a new Ubuntu on that, install Audacity, and see if 
everything works as desired or if something is still missing. (In fact 
Ubuntu is not really needed, Audacity runs on Windows too afaik, so you 
might want to go down that path if you are not familiar with Ubuntu... 
though we would prefer you'd stay with Ubuntu of course).

If you really want to try to keep the piece of antique running, you can 
maybe download images from the install cd's to the laptop, mount them, 
and run a virtual cd-drive like that. Have you had a look at ?

Best regards,
Patrick Asselman

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