2015-02-06

Installing Xubuntu 14.04 to an old Thinkpad T41 using an USB stick

Installing an Xubuntu 14.04 to an old Thinkpad T41 required some extra steps. I was using USB stick for installation.

First problem: ERROR: PAE is disabled on this Pentium M

Preliminary solution: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PAE: append "-- forcepae" to end of boot options. The space is mandatory. 

Additional steps needed: press any key during boot to activate boot settings menu.

Second problem: Can't mount loop1 on /cow

Preliminary solution: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1306277: "choose "discarded on shutdown" [in Ubuntu Startup Disk Creator].

Additional steps needed: for some reason this option was not available for Xubuntu 14.04 LTS image. I had to use Unetbootin instead. Make sure the USB stick is formatted using FAT and is empty.

Other problems

Connecting to a WLAN AP did not work during installation. After installation was complete, this problem went away.

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