Installed 14.04 on a non-PAE (Pentium-M), but now I can't update ("This kernel does not support a non-PAE CPU.")

Here is what I’m looking at. This isn’t my computer. I repair PC’s and I had an end user with this low powered laptop running XP so I decided to let him try out lubuntu. The install went smoothly with the non-PAE boot switch, but now I can’t update anything. I’d rather not have to format and start over since he’s spent time configuring his system. Any tips would be appreciated. I tried sudo apt-get clean, sudo apt-get install -f, sudo apt-get update. No go.

Also his touchpad stopped working, the wireless stopped working, the keyboard works in firefox but not chrome, and in firefox the address bar sometimes turns black and gray for some reason. I was hoping the update would help address some of this stuff.

Here’s the message I get trying to update:

Get:1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-proposed/main linux-image-3.13.0-26-generic i386 3.13.0-26.48 [14.6 MB]
Get:2 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-updates/main linux-image-3.13.0-24-generic i386 3.13.0-24.47 [14.6 MB]
Fetched 29.2 MB in 2min 19s (208 kB/s)                                         
(Reading database ... 169286 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../linux-image-3.13.0-26-generic_3.13.0-26.48_i386.deb ...
This kernel does not support a non-PAE CPU.
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/linux-image-3.13.0-26-generic_3.13.0-26.48_i386.deb (--unpack):
 subprocess new pre-installation script returned error exit status 1
Examining /etc/kernel/postrm.d .
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/initramfs-tools 3.13.0-26-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.13.0-26-generic
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-update-grub 3.13.0-26-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.13.0-26-generic
Preparing to unpack .../linux-image-3.13.0-24-generic_3.13.0-24.47_i386.deb ...
This kernel does not support a non-PAE CPU.
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/linux-image-3.13.0-24-generic_3.13.0-24.47_i386.deb (--unpack):
 subprocess new pre-installation script returned error exit status 1
Examining /etc/kernel/postrm.d .
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/initramfs-tools 3.13.0-24-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.13.0-24-generic
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-update-grub 3.13.0-24-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.13.0-24-generic
Errors were encountered while processing:
 /var/cache/apt/archives/linux-image-3.13.0-26-generic_3.13.0-26.48_i386.deb
 /var/cache/apt/archives/linux-image-3.13.0-24-generic_3.13.0-24.47_i386.deb
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

When installing on a non-pae capable system using forcepae option you may still boot without this option set in Grub. Subsequent kernel updates will then fail.

To overcome this add the following line to your /etc/default/grub (source: commment #4 to bug #1307105):

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash forcepae"

Then run

sudo update-grub

and reboot your system for changes to take effect.

Solution 2

Installing the i386 version of fake-pae might do the trick and allow upgrades. I had a similar problem on my Dell Latitude D600. The only way I found that worked was to put the Dell’s hdd in newer machine, install Ubuntu 14.04 on it, return the hdd to the Dell and then install fake-pae i386. Thereafter all worked fine.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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