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Installing Linux on a Windows Notebook?

I found a few year old laptop in our storage unit and it was OK with my dad if I could have it. But I really want the Ubuntu Linux on it. But be warned, when it comes to OS, im a n00b. Any suggestions?

gmxx7 years ago
go here: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download

follow the instructions. use http://www.ntfs.com/iso_burner_free.htm to burn the disc. use the default settings.

put the disc that it burned to in your laptop drive and boot from the cd. Follow the install instructions.
hitman4007 years ago
If u want to keep windows on the laptop in case, use W.u.b.i(Windows UBuntu Installer) It installs Ubuntu as a single file on ur hdd so if u don't like ubuntu, u go to where it is installed, and delete it.
I did that. The problem is that it installs GRUB booting instead of the windows boot system, so I had to go to our Notebook Support. They were not impressed.
A few questions about the laptop.
1:does it have a cd drive?
2:does it power up to the BIOS screen?
3:does it have USB port/s
If it has a cd drive then download and burn an ISO of this http://www.puppylinux.org/
Puppy 4.20 has a nice interface and a small footprint.
it is a live cd hence it runs from the cd with out changing the hard drive , also has all the tools built in to format / install the O/S
should i make an instructable on this?
My little Plll Dell laptop boots win98SE / XP sp3 / Puppy 4.20 / Ubuntu 8.04
Both linux distro will find and run the belkin USB wireless thumb on start up,as 98SE needs a driver installed ,and XP is a joke it frogets the settings on restarts and had to make a vcd to keep the install on .Only problem I have is that the 98SE has a silly limit of how many drives it can see and use (as well as it can not read NTSF )
Puppy is the fastest of the O/S.
Win 98SE does have IE if needed and it is fast.
XP is an uphill drive towing a boat.
Ubuntu will not run Delta Cad :(
Dell 610 Plll 750Mz 1/2 gig ram one USB 1.1 port