July 13, 2014

Cannot find the autorun program

I've recently returned to my Linux/Ubuntu computer after a very long absence, and I'd like to upgrade from 8.10 (I know, it's really ancient) to the latest 14 LTS. Here's the issue: I've made two forms of the ISO - but neither one works. I've tried the thumb drive, and nothing auto starts. So I've gone to the freshly burned CD, with the same results. I have run both on another computer (not my own) with perfect results, but I prefer this old warhorse to bang away on. There's plenty of GB room (150 GB, which is more than ample for my needs), there are no other devices connected (no fax/printer/scanner), and it'd be a complete roll-over with no partition required. Sounds simple, but not if I can't get the CD/thumb to plug-and-play properly. So, to my mind, the answer obviously lies in the software that's already on the computer, or rather, isn't on the computer. The message that appears when I attempt to install anything is "Error Autrorunning Software: Cannot find the autorun program." I've even tried a very old OS with the same message. Now, to the best of my recollection, the computer worked wonderfully in the past. The only issue is that there have been so many technological advances in the interim that I'd like to catch up and keep up by upgrading to a supported OS. Needless to say, it's been a while since I've enjoyed the freedom and challenge of Linux, and I'll be the first to admit I'm feeling a little lost here, so go gently and slowly. Not truly a noob, but feeling like one trying to wrap my noodle around this issue. Sincere appreciation in advance, Mrs. M

I have never heard of an Autorun issue on linux. You won't find many open...

I have never heard of an Autorun issue on linux. You won't find many open source programs with an "autorun" script associated with it.

As for the upgrade. The path that you must take is a long one. There is no guarantee that the in-between ubuntu OSes still exist. Your best route is to back up your data an do a clean install of the latest version of ubuntu.

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cant you just change the /etc/apt/sources.list to the current stable release...

cant you just change the /etc/apt/sources.list to the current stable release and do an apt-get dist-upgrade?

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Have you changed the BIOS/Boot Order to boot from the CD-Rom/USB first and...

Have you changed the BIOS/Boot Order to boot from the CD-Rom/USB first and before the Hard Drive?

The other computer may be already set to boot from the CD-Rom/USB

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