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March 18, 2009

How To Upgrade PCLinuxOS 2007 or Minime 2008

Filed under: Linux,PCLinuxOS — Padma @ 11:23 am
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I have put together this list of (nearly) fail-proof steps from doing my own updates, as well as the experiences of others on the PCLinuxOS forums. (Especially maddogf16: thanks, guy!)  These steps have not failed yet on a clean 2007/2008 install.  If you are working from a remaster, and/or have done a lot of system tweaking, including adding/removing packages, it might screw you.  I don’t really think it will, but you need to be aware of the possibility.

  1. BACK UP YOUR IMPORTANT DATA! (That should go without saying, but I’ve found that usually means it needs to be said.)
  2. If you are running Compiz, turn it off.  You can turn it on again after the upgrade.
  3. Launch Synaptic.
  4. Uninstall mozilla-firefox.  (The new FF is installed during the full upgrade.)
  5. Uninstall Compiz. (The upgrade installs Compiz again.)
  6. Uninstall Open Office.  (The size of this app really slows down the upgrade, and can cause problems, later.)
  7. Click RELOAD.  DO NOT click Mark All Upgrades.
  8. Find GTK+2.0, select Upgrade, and Apply.
  9. When this app is finished upgrading, close Synaptic.
  10. Do not try running the Update with Synaptic at this point.  Synaptic will freeze, and not finish your install correctly, leaving you with a mess to clean up.
  11. Open a Konsole.  (If you’re Command-line-phobic, don’t worry.  This is pretty straight-forward and simple.  Just type carefully.  Or just copy and paste each step.)
  12. Run the entire update from the cli.
    • type su and enter your root password at the prompt.  Your prompt should turn red, indicating you are running as root.  Then enter the following commands one at a time, waiting for each to finish before continuing.
    • apt-get clean
    • apt-get autoclean
    • apt-get update
    • apt-get upgrade
    • apt-get dist-upgrade
    • Type exit to get out of super-user mode, then exit again to close the Konsole.
  13. Reboot
  14. Select the new kernel at the bottom of the list
  15. Launch synaptic. Reload, Mark All Upgrades, Mark, Apply.
  16. Search for libmozilla-firefox-2.X (not sure of the name because it is no longer on the list on my system) and remove it if it still exists.
  17. Install Open Office.
  18. If Firefox did not reinstall do it now along with everything else you want to install or remove.

You should now have a complete, updated system, running on the new kernel.  You will want to check to be sure all your hardware is recognized, and functions properly.  So far this checklist has succesfully upgraded dozens, at least, of systems without a hitch.



  1. My mom is running Mandriva 2009 w/ KDE4.2 so my dad was been needling me when
    we could upgrade his machine.
    Looks like its this weekend. Thanks for the thorough explanation.
    And you dont even have type carefully, you can just copy and paste it right into your konsole/terminal.

    I wonder if PCLOS2009 will work with Unetbootin, I feel like giving it a shot on the Dell mini this weekend too.
    Everything Ive read about it looks good except the horribly amaterish multicolored logo and the fact that’s its still KDE3.5 (KWin on 4.2 or Compiz on 3.5, is really the same eye candy and 3.5 is still a good desktop.

    Youll have to do a How To Upgrade to KDE4.2 once they have v4.x figured out too. That could possibly be very messy).

    Comment by Rene Levesque — March 19, 2009 @ 10:28 pm | Reply

  2. Since people on the PCLinuxOS forums talk about Unetbootin, I presume it works fine with it.

    “horribly amateurish multicolored logo” … ??? A lot of people like that logo. A matter of taste, I suppose. But what’s nice is you can change the background, etc, to anything you like. 🙂

    KDE3.5. That’s right. KDE4 was still not solid enough when the baseline for the release was frozen. 4.2 came out after that. But they have promised us KDE4 as an alternate desktop, once they get out from under all backlog of stuff since the baseline freeze. And don’t forget, this distro is developed by a mere handful of volunteers, working in their spare time.

    And, yes, I will do a 4.x HowTo once they have it complete.

    Comment by Padma — March 20, 2009 @ 1:15 pm | Reply

  3. As I’m only using PCLinuxOS for a special case (and you seem to be an expert), could you give me an advice on the following ?

    I have an old laptop with a faulty ethernet port and all the mainstream Linux distributions fail to install except PCLinuxOS 2007 (the version that I had at hand, already downloaded and burned)

    I would like to upgrade it to v2009 (have limited monthly cap on Internet so not updating online) so I downloaded the ISO and tried it with v2007 already running but there doesn’t seem to be an upgrade script (as there is on Ubuntu for instance), nor I am able to boot from the v2009 CD due to the faulty hardware…

    Do you have any suggestions ?


    Comment by Paolo — March 20, 2009 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  4. Expert? Me? Hardly. I’m just an old fart who has been running and playing with *nix since the 80’s beginning with Unix SVR2. 😉 But I will try to help.

    Each PCLinuxOS ISO is a “stand-alone” delivery item. it is not viable as an upgrade path. (Although that sounds like am interesting idea….)

    — I have written and erased several possibilities here over the last 20 minutes, but everything I come up with runs into your bandwidth cap and/or your problematic hardware. My best advice is to go to the PCLinuxOS forums and ask for help there. Maybe somebody can think of something I haven’t.

    Comment by Padma — March 20, 2009 @ 5:22 pm | Reply

  5. QUOTE:
    I would like to upgrade it to v2009 (have limited monthly cap on Internet so not updating online) so I downloaded the ISO and tried it with v2007 already running but there doesn’t seem to be an upgrade script (as there is on Ubuntu for instance), nor I am able to boot from the v2009 CD due to the faulty hardware…

    Do you have any suggestions ?

    I believe that ondisk recently started making the entire PCLinuxOS repo available for purchase on a set of DVD’s; this might be your best bet (..or borrow a free connection somewhere)

    Comment by travisn000 — March 24, 2009 @ 10:07 am | Reply

  6. Followed your procedure above. All seemed to go well. Got the following message six times during the apt-get upgrade:
    “haldaemon is needed by anacronin in runlevel 2”
    When I rebooted there was no new kernel listed on the bottom of the grub menu. I booted into the top PCLinuxOS selection and it appears I am running 2007.

    Where do I go from here?

    Comment by BWar — March 24, 2009 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

  7. Sorry, it may not be apparent from my previous posting but the apt-gets all seemed to complete successfully with the exception of the six “haldaemon is needed by anacronin in runlevel 2″ messages that seemed to be warnings, not show stoppers …….. or were they?!?


    Comment by BWar — March 24, 2009 @ 7:11 pm | Reply

  8. As Rosanne Rosannadanna would say, never mind!

    Seems that I started over with the apt-gets and this time when I rebooted the2.6.26.8.tex3 was right there on the bottom of the menu options just as you had said it would be. I have run Synaptic – Mark All Upgrades and have installed Firefox 3. It is presently installing Open Office 3.0 and then I think I’m close to finished!

    Thanks for your excellent instructions!


    Comment by BWar — March 24, 2009 @ 9:48 pm | Reply

  9. BWar: Glad it all worked for you. 🙂

    I think I remember seeing that haldaemon message myself. It doesn’t seem to affect anything, though. Of course, PCLOS uses runlevel 5 for the desktop, runlevel 3 for text-mode, and runlevel 1 for safe mode. Runlevel 2 isn’t used in the default setup.

    (And sorry I wasn’t around to reply when you first posted. People seem to like to post when I’m NOT at my computer. 😉 )

    Comment by Padma — March 24, 2009 @ 10:28 pm | Reply

  10. Padma, PCLinuxOS 2007 works perfectly on an old Gateway Solo 9300 laptop (upgraded to 288 Mb RAM) with a 10 Gb HDD. It even recognises a Belkin F5D5010 Ethernet CardBus card and a Linksys WPC54G ver.7.1 WiFi CardBus card. However, when I boot a PCLinuxOS 2009.1 LiveCD the laptop freezes almost immediately, with the progress bar at the bottom of the screen about a tenth of the way across. Therefore will your procedure work for this laptop, or should I stick with PCLinuxOS 2007?

    Comment by Fitzcarraldo — May 16, 2009 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  11. Hmmm. Sounds to me like you need to use the “noscsi” option to boot the liveCD. (Search the PCLinuxOS.com forums for “noscsi”. Should find a lot of help.)

    I think the steps outlined in my post here should work for you, though. If you try it, be sure you have a good backup of your system, just in case!

    Comment by Padma — May 16, 2009 @ 9:16 am | Reply

  12. Of course: boot parameters! I completely forgot. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. Actually, what I have just done now is boot up the 2009.1 LiveCD in Safe Mode, and that worked fine. So I’m just installing 2009.1 now directly, rather than trying to upgrade from 2007. Thanks for your reply.

    Comment by Fitzcarraldo — May 16, 2009 @ 9:57 am | Reply

  13. Hi, found you on google looking for an update to pclinux minime 2008, trying your instructions now hope it goes ok, thanks for this information, as a newby I am becoming a very big fan of PCLinuxos, its hardware support and user friendlyness seems so much better than others I have briefly tried, including Ubuntu recently, but as a newby was unable to get my wireless card working for the internet, I removed Ubuntu and put in good old PCLinux and its all go.
    I was looking for info on how to update and make a remaster thats installable from a livecd without installing to hdd, sure I saw it somewhere but just can’t find it anymore. Don’t know if you could help on that point, or any other helpful knowledgeable people here?

    Comment by AHuman — June 24, 2009 @ 10:53 am | Reply

  14. Hi,folks!I`v been looking to upgrade from 2009.1 to 2000.2 and it seems there is no upgrading script in the live CD install.Since I`m just a plain user/read: no comp skills/ but I love PCLinuxOS for its versatility/everything works right from the install/ will somebody wright a script to ease upgrading,please!!

    Comment by Ross.m — July 9, 2009 @ 2:51 am | Reply

    • If you have been doing regular updates to your system, you already have 2009.2. This is just an “update” release – it’s 2009.1 plus all the updates that were available at the time it was published. Its purpose is to allow new installers to get the most recent stuff, without having to download hundreds of megabytes of updates after install.

      My understanding is that a team of volunteers over at MyPCLinuxOS.com will be trying to make these isos available on a quarterly basis.

      Comment by Padma — July 9, 2009 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  15. Awesome – exactly what I needed

    Thanks for taking the time to post!!

    Comment by Scott — February 11, 2010 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

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