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Installing Peppermint 5 on a dell D600 (SOLVED)
« on: August 09, 2014, 08:50:59 pm »
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Back Again. I have an old Dell Latitude D600 I ran peppermint 1 on for a long time.  But I would like to update it to Peppermint 5 .  When I tried the peppermint 5 disk in it it did not go anywhere.  I have determined that the Pentium-M probably supports Physical Address Extension (PAE) but the flag is not set  deep in the bowels of the processor.  I did some poking around and it seems if I can run Force PAE early on, I could get it to load.  In frustration I tried to install Mint and it told me that the command forcepae in the kernel could get it to load.  Is this an issue with Peppermint 3 I guess I could try loading that (If I can't get it running with 5)

Does anybody know an easy way to do that in peppermint?  I understand that certain versions of Lubuntu give an option to implement it.

Thanks for any help

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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 on a dell D600
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2014, 09:07:36 pm »
Boot to the Peppermint 5 32bit LiveCD/LiveUSB .. when you get to the screen where it offers you "Try Peppermint" and "Install Peppermint" ..  hit the "Tab" key

You'll then see some white writing at the bottom of screen that ends with

quiet splash --

Add a space then the word forcepae to the end of that line .. so it now ends with

quiet splash -- forcepae

then hit enter to continue booting.

DO NOT at this point install Peppermint, just let us know if the LiveCD/LiveUSB boots with that option set.

If it does, we'll need to give you further instruction on what to do after an install
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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 on a dell D600
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2014, 09:13:38 pm »
Actually I tried that,  before I read your post...it did indeed boot....I did also use the partitioning tool to delete the Peppermint 1 partition.

I await additional guidance.

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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 on a dell D600
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2014, 09:20:17 pm »
Someone on my other forum suggested that installing with the forcepae kernel boot parameter added (as instructed above) doesn't require any fiurther action by the user after installation.

But just in case .. have you got another PC with which you could access this forum if the PC doesn't boot after installation ?

If not, I'll type up the instructions now ... but kinda pointless if they're not necessary.
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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 on a dell D600
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2014, 09:28:05 pm »
Thanks for the quick response

Yes I have several PCs I use to access the forum.  I had already upgraded the PC I am typing on to PM 5 A Dell D630).    After it is done, I will attempt to boot from the Hard Drive.  Either way I will let you know...  It will likely take another half an hour...Thanks for your quick response!


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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 on a dell D600
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2014, 09:35:20 pm »
Okey dokey.
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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 on a dell D600
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2014, 09:48:38 pm »
ONLY do this if your PC fails to boot after installation...
(I'm told this isn't necessary .. I'm only putting it here "just in case")

On the offchance that you need to add the forcepae kernel boot parameter again post install .. here's how it would be done -

Turn ON your PC, and as soon as your BIOS POST screen disappears, press the SHIFT key and hold it, until you are presented with the GRUB menu .. SIMILAR to this:
(you won't have long to hit the shift key, and the timing can be a little awkward, so it may even be easier to hit AND HOLD the Shift key DURING the BIOS POST .. ie. immediately after turning on your PC)


Select the 'default' kernel (usually the top one), and rather than pressing enter, press E to edit.

You will be presented with a screen SIMILAR to this:


Press DOWN ARROW until you get to the line that starts with:

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linux /boot

and press the END key to position the cursor at the end of the that line... it *usually* ends with “quiet splash”.

Now you can enter additional kernel boot options... so add forcepae .. so it now ends with:

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quiet splash forcepae
(doesn't matter if it moves down a line, as long as there is a space between splash and forcepae)

Now hit Ctrl+X to boot.

once booted, open a terminal and run:
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sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
find the line that reads:-

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"

and change it to

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash forcepae"

SAVE the file and exit gedit.

Back in the terminal run:
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sudo update-grub
then reboot to test



Can you please let us know if this was necessary or whether the PC "just works" after installing .. TIA
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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 on a dell D600 (SOLVED)
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2014, 09:52:59 pm »
Okey dokey.

It booted just fine WITHOUT the change to the grub menu....!!  Thanks so much, I will mark it solved. 

I am a little surprised it did work without the change...One would think the force would need to be called every time.  Before I answered this  I forced the computer to shutdown, and tested it from a cold boot, because I thought maybe the power being off could impact the forcepae.

I did not wait a long time, but verified it had completely shut down before I restarted it.

BTW I found that here:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2211590

I assume that was the forum you were referencing earlier.

Good to know because there are a lot of beater laptops with old Pentium-M processors that work just fine with peppermint..

Thanks again :)

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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 on a dell D600
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2014, 09:55:25 pm »
No .. I meant the other forum I administer:
http://linuxforums.org.uk
the forum of:
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