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#1 2017-08-21 09:01:46

hodasemi
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Old Pentium 4 system

Hi guys,

I have got an old pentium 4 laptop from my sister. She wants to use it as an basic machine for webbrowsing (just reading stuff and so on) and doing text editing stuff. The problem is that the pentium 4 only has 32bit mode.

I followed the tutorial to install grub with bios support, which does work.
The problem that i have is that my PC is of course a 64bit machine, I can't get any livedisk running on this laptop so i decided to do it from my PC. But executing pacstrap on my mounted drive it just installs 64 bit versions.

Is there a way to install 32bit archlinux on this drive?

Sorry for this noob question and thanks for any help.

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#2 2017-08-21 09:15:08

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Re: Old Pentium 4 system

Don't bother: it is only supported for two more months
https://www.archlinux.org/news/phasing- … 6-support/


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#3 2017-08-21 09:49:10

hodasemi
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Re: Old Pentium 4 system

I know that 32 bit support is phasing out, to be honest I thought it was already.
But that doesn't really answer my question.

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#4 2017-08-21 10:21:43

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Re: Old Pentium 4 system

Can you get an older iso and install from that?  Again, probably not worth the effort given the looming lack of new packages... might wanna consider another distro.

EDIT: magnet:?xt=urn:btih:88066b90278f2de655ee2dd44e784c340b54e45c&dn=archlinux-2016.02.01-x86_64.iso&tr=udp://tracker.archlinux.org:6969&tr=http://tracker.archlinux.org:6969/announce

That mag link actually provides the last dual arch iso you could use.

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#5 2017-08-21 10:32:35

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Re: Old Pentium 4 system

You can also get 32-bit isos from https://archlinux32.org/.


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#6 2017-08-21 10:38:53

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Re: Old Pentium 4 system

slithery wrote:

You can also get 32-bit isos from https://archlinux32.org/.

Good to see the community seemingly has plans for i686 repos. @OP - Maybe it's worth your installing Arch after-all.  Scope and quality of package maintenance remains to be established though.  The alternative is another distro/package manager as previously stated.


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#7 2017-08-21 12:43:08

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Re: Old Pentium 4 system

If you are installing for someone else who only wants to browse and edit, I'd recommend Debian stable instead of Arch.

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#8 2017-08-21 12:47:30

hodasemi
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Re: Old Pentium 4 system

I got it booting. Thanks for the link to archlinux32!

My next problem is that networkmanager and lightdm are failing to start ...

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#9 2017-08-21 13:15:35

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Re: Old Pentium 4 system

We don't support Arch Linux 32. They have their own forums. Please ask there.

As the original question of this thread is answered, please mark it as solved. Thanks.


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#10 2017-08-21 13:24:18

graysky
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Re: Old Pentium 4 system

...again, I would say monitor the amount of time and effort you're putting into this to figure out when you hit "f*ck it" and just install another supported distro smile


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#11 2017-08-21 13:36:22

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Re: Old Pentium 4 system

2ManyDogs wrote:

If you are installing for someone else... I'd recommend anything instead of Arch.

FTFY.

Installing arch for someone else who doesn't know how to maintain it is a great disservice.  Installing an unsupported community offshoot of arch with a dubious (hopeful perhaps, but still dubious) future is worse than just a great disservice.

Arch may be what you are most familiar with, but the short term courtesy you think you are doing your sister will backfire leaving her with a worthless system and with you looking like a tit.  If you are competant enough to install and run arch, you can certainly take an hour or so to learn enough about another distro that would serve your sister much better.


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