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Install 12.04 on a 8.04 netbook

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by zedex, Jun 21, 2012.

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  1. zedex

    zedex Thread Starter

    Feb 7, 2006
    I've got 12.04 on a thumbdrive, all 701mb of it. When I plug it into the netbook I get a write to disk window that wants to write the 701 mb to a file image. That's probably OK, but I would prefer to get rid of 8.04 first, but fdisk isn't working as advertised. Everytime I add an option to fdisk, bash tells me "command not found." I would like to do a clean install, but first I have to get a clean disk to install it on. None of the info on the disk is needed so I can wipe clean. When I get 12.04 on the netbook I'll do the network and etc later. So How do I do that?
  2. arochester


    Jan 17, 2007
    A bit more information is needed.

    What have you got on the thumb drive? An ISO? One file? Or have you burnt the ISO to the thumb drive? (Using e.g. unetbootin.) Multiple files?

    Which download did you use? The Desktop disk ? A LiveCD. The Alternate disk? A straight install.

    Assuming that you have burnt the ISO to the thumb drive you do not need a clean disk. You just tell 12.04 to use the whole disk and it will overwrite everything.
  3. TerryNet

    TerryNet Terry Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
    "12.04" and "8.04" sound to me like Ubuntu, but since it may be Kubuntu or another of the many derivatives, or maybe even another distribution entirely, maybe you should specify the OS about which you are talking.
  4. lewmur


    Sep 10, 2006
    To accomplish what you want, use unetbootin to put the 12.04 distro on the thumbdrive. Then it will boot on the netbook as if it were a LiveCD with an "Install" icon on the desktop. If you don't have any data on the 8.04 install you want to keep, then you can choose "Use the entire disk" option when you run "Install" from the thumbdrive. That will wipe the 8.04 install from the HDD and replace it with the 12.04.
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