Here I describe how I installed Lubuntu-12.04 on my Lenovo E600A laptop.
Hope that will be helpful to someone.

My Lenovo laptop

Model: Lenovo E600A
CPU: Intel Centrio (PentiumM 1.6GHz)
Memory: 768MB
GPU: nVIDIA Geforce FX go 5200
HD: 38GB, C:--NTFS 10GB, D:--FAT32 10GB, FreeSpace: 17GB
OS: WindowsXP SP4 on C:
DVD-ROM: Yes, bootable
USB: Yes, but not bootable

I wanted to install Ubuntu 14.04 co-hosting with my WindowsXP at first.
After failed with the bootable-DVD of Ubuntu 14.04, I know that my CPU does not support PAE.

Which release fit my machine?

From here I know the best one for my Lenovo-E600A is Lubuntu 12.04.
After recording 2 DVD-ROMs of Ubuntu14.04 and Ubuntu12.04-nonPAE and failed both, I decided to install from HardDisk.
Then I get lubuntu-12.04-desktop-i386.iso here.

Tools for install from Hard Disk

The installation will begin from the existing OS WindowsXP.
Only the grub4dos, I found the grub4dos-0.4.4.
Of course, the package tool, such as 7zip.

Preparation for Installation from Hard Disk

  • Start my E600A into Windows XP.
  • Put the ISO file to the root of "d:" (FAT32 disk)
  • Extract directory casper from the ISO file to the root of "d:"

  • Copy file grldr to the root of "C:" (the boot disk of Windows XP)

  • Creat a file named menu.lst with following content:

    • title Install Lubuntu
      root (hd0,1)
      kernel /casper/vmlinuz boot=casper iso-scan/filename=/lubuntu-12.04-desktop-i386.iso ro
      initrd /casper/initrd.lz

  • Edit the windowsXP's boot.ini file at root of "C:" to add the following line:

    • C:\grldr="GRUB DOS"

Installation procedure

  • Restart my laptop E600A
  • At the startup menu, choose "GRUB DOS"
  • At GRUB menu, choose "Install Lubuntu"
  • Then you will see the GUI with "try Lubuntu" and "Install Lubuntu"
  • Select "try Lubuntu", you will get into the live Lubuntu desktop.
  • Press "Ctrl+Alt+T" to open a terminal
  • In the terminal, run "ls -l /isodevices", you can find it's your "C:" disk.
  • In the terminal, run "sudo umount -l /isodevice"
  • Double click the "Install Lubuntu" icon on the desktop (It's the only icon).
  • Then follow the normal installation steps InstallingLubuntu

  • Select "Install Lubuntu along with WindowsXP"

Important notes

  1. My WindowsXP's "C:" is NTFS format. It will not work if I put ISO file on "C:".
  2. My "D:" is FAT32 format maybe that is the key fact for me to do it successfully.
  3. Don't forget to umount the /isodevice, or the installation will be pending at partitioning.
  4. After installation, If you find the Lubuntu's GRUB multi-boot menu font size is too big or too small
    You can try:
    Edit "GRUB_GFXMODE=640x480" in file /etc/default/grub with your real LCD size.

    • sudo vi /etc/default/grub

    Then update it: sudo update-grub

Lubuntu/InstallLubuntuFromHardDisk (last edited 2014-04-30 17:38:43 by pengfei-lin)