Moving to New Computer pt.2
I cannot be sure why exactly, but after waiting ages for the iso to be compiled (and trying that a couple of times to be sure) I just couldn’t get the remastersys backup distro to work. I managed to get an ISO image fine, and I could install it on the USB stick, and then boot from that same stick. However when I tried to install onto the new machine’s hard disk it failed during the file copying process (306% in).
After three failed attempts I’ve fallen back to:
- installing Ubuntu desktop 10.4.2 onto the new machine.
- After that I installed both openssh and nfs-common and nfs-kernel-server so that I can copy files from the old machine to the new machine.
- mount the / of the old machine on /old on middenface [code] james@middenface:/old$ sudo mount sternhammer:/export /old [/code]
- made a backup of etc on middenface (to restore a few key files after the next step) (make sure that you do this preserving symbolic links as symbolic links and also the group and owner permissions etc)
- copy etc var home usr using [code] sudo cp -fLRpv -t / /old/dir [/code]
The whole thing has taken a lot longer than it ought to have done, and I’ve had to do lots of manual configuration as well. One of the mistakes I made was run a gksudo nautilus session and use the GUI to copy the files, which borked the ownership etc and also turned all the symbolic links in etc rc?.d into files, so I had to delete them all and then run the init update command for each of the packages installed (although I cheated a little and went straight into a distro upgrade to 10.10 and let that do the hard work for me).
My other major pain was getting the sound working through the HDMI. There are a number of good HOWTOs on ubuntuforums.org and there is even one specific to the acer revo R3700 which is what I followed. However this may not be at all necessary, as there is a wee check box on the sound menu that says “enable window and button sounds” and when I checked it everything just started working, so I’m not sure how much of the painful faffing around was really necessary.
- Moving Ubuntu to New Computer (themself.org)
- Linux Invasion! (neitshade.wordpress.com)
- Installing and running Ubuntu Linux (myipc.wordpress.com)
- Burn, Backup and Clone Disks in Linux Using the ‘dd’ Command (helpdeskgeek.com)
- How to Install And Configure Apache In Ubuntu (maketecheasier.com)
- Things Every New Linux User Should Know (geekum.wordpress.com)
- I Have Installed Ubuntu…What’s Next? (maketecheasier.com)
- Backing Up and Recovery [Part1] (techtimely.wordpress.com)