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Turbo charge your computer! Make it run like the wind! Own a computer faster than a speeding bullet! :p :p not really, but it will be like you just bought a new computer... well not really, not with windows vista. IT WILL BE SOO MUCH FASTER!!!


note: I am not resposible for anything that happens to you or your computer, do this at your own risk. However, after saying that, I have not had trouble installing ubuntu ever, except on an external hard drive. Don't do that... very hard to clean up from :D
 
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Step 1: Why?

Why would you want to upgrade to ubuntu? I can list four reasons off the top of my head:

1. It's faster
2. It's free
3. Everything you will ever need for it is free
4. Something to do when your bored

Step 2: What you need

To make this upgrade, there are a few things you will need

-A computer... It should be moderately fast, not too old. I am running ubuntu on a 5 year old computer... it's got a 200 gig hd, you only need a few gigs, it has 512 megs of ram, that's good enough you don't want to be too much below that, and a 3 ghz processor but don't worry, you wont need that much power at all.
-Internet. You will definitely want this, and the faster the better
-A ubuntu live cd, you can download it from www.ubuntu.com, don't download the server edition. To burn this properly, you are hopefully on a windows machine. Download an iso burner, I used this one: http://www.download.com/Active-ISO-Burner/3000-2646_4-10792184.html?tag=lst-1 . It works fine, but if you are on a mac or any other os, just download a different iso burner.
-TONS of patience... this can get very frustrating
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MABHENATS2 months ago

CAN I RUN IT ALONG WINNDOWS 8?

vov352 years ago
This instructable should be featured.

Once upon a time, I purchased a netbook that came with win7 basic.

I proceeded to dispose of that bloatware and installed ubuntu in it's place.

Now I have an excellent portable, efficient, and above all else SECURE machine that meets all of my needs, including gaming. ...oh, and compiz looks damn good doing it too.

Seriously though, the security leap in upgrading to any linux OS is... enormous. there's a reason the whole of the NSA run's SELinux.
I put XUBUNTU on my Acer Aspire 9300, and I've managed to get everything to work but the built-in mic, and itunes: any suggestions?
Itunes might be a problem because Ubuntu frowns on programs like it. There are plenty of other options for music so it shouldn't be that big of a problem.

As for the mic., there might be a problem with the driver software. Ubuntu has alot of drivers built in (It recognized my built in wifi) but more could be in the software center so see if anyone built one. If not Google is your friend.
I'll stick with XP. I tried Ubuntu, THREE HOURS TO INSTALL, ran it for one hour and went back to XP because none of my software worked on it.
heyzuphowsitgoin (author)  livesteamfan6 years ago
haha yea, it does sometimes take a while to install but three hours? thats strange! also, I agree, it does take a while to get used to the open source software. sorry ubuntu was not for you!
I found three reasons why this took so long. 1. 128MB of RAM 2. Old version of Ubuntu (5.10) 3. 233Mhz Processor.
wow, ,ur not a gamer, r u? xD
Use Wine
wine is waaaaaaay to slow for games, games are linux's downfall, even macintosh can play them now
OS X can play games because it has a more "popular", more standard operating system. Same with Windows. Game manufacturers don't make games for Linux because 1)They are pretty much expected to be open source and 2)Linux has too many variants to keep up with. the game companies don't want to be frowned upon because they make a game for 'this' Linux OS but not 'that' one.
blah.... doesn't matter, because you can just dual boot or have a hot swap drive. :|
Try a lighter ubuntu version like Xubuntu, same basic package, except it uses Xwindows GUI. If thats still too big, Damn Small Linux would run very happily on that system. I do however recommend trying out the live CD versions of these softwares before doing a full install. That way you know exactly what you're dealing with, without all the work.
I've done a few upgrades and thought you might like to know. I now have 3gig of RAM, a 2.8Ghz Celeron processor, a 500gig SATA HDD, Nvidia GeForce w/ 1Gb memory and yet none of this helps ubuntu work the way I want it to.
At a certain point, one may have to ask if you are being reasonable in your expectations of Ubuntu. What is it that you are after ? You say, 'they way I want it to.' What way is that? Is there a certain program that you need to run that isn't or something in the GUI that disappoints you? Maybe someone here can help. If not I'm sure the Ubuntu forums can, and they are always happy to try.
heyzuphowsitgoin (author)  livesteamfan5 years ago
What does it do? are restricted drivers enabled?
xubuntu uses xfce, not xwindows... even xubuntu would be too much for a computer like that... but your right on track with dsl...
My mistake. But I have pretty old PII that runs DSL pretty well, though I can't be certain of the exact specs from this location, I'm sure it only has 128 mb of ram.
You might want to try a lighter version of linux.
iz there a win vrm he might like?or for that matter me? uptownborg
Do you have Wine? Also, don't use most things but games with it. Find an open source alternative. Ever heard of OpenOffice.org? check it out. It works with word, corel, mac word, word perfect, etc. Ever heard of gimp? it works with images, and is better than photoshop. Both of these are free, and available for windows and Mac. Isn't the Open Source community generous?

i hear this all the time from linux users, wine wine wine! the thing is emulation is ALWAYS slower than native programs.  so if you really wanted to "upgrade" (although in my head its more like a downgrade) you'd need to find a bunch of open source programs that do what your previous ones did
hal68k junits153 years ago
Wine Is Not an Emulator (WINE). It's a Free (Libre) implementation of the Windows API for POSIX-compliant Operating Systems. Applications shouldn't (and usually won't) run any slower under WINE than they do under Windows' native API. The exception to this is complex games, as WINE has to translate the DirectX instructions to OpenGL, OpenAL, and OS-native networking instructions.

Wine is a tremendous engineering effort. Consider the sheer work that would have to be put into it given that the native Windows API is under heavy copyright restriction. Every scrap of code has to be written without looking at the available Windows source code (Believe it or not, you can get copies for academic and commercial purposes, you just have to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (academia: what's the point?)).

And as far as your WiFi card goes, that would be (most likely) a problem with your card manufacturer, as some simply don't release drivers for the Linux kernel or refuse to release hardware documentation so the community can conjure up their own drivers.
True, running programs on an emulator is slow (and I can't even get iTunes running with wine) but Linux has equivalents for nearly every proprietary program ever made, almost all of which are all free. OpenOffice suite comes with ubuntu and can do what Powerpoint, Excell, and Word do, as well as save in tons of different file formats. GIMP is just awesome. Rythmbox takes a while to get the hang of, and I'm still learning, but it's a very good program nonetheless. So yes, running on emulators is slow, but ubuntu really doesn't need an emulator for all that much.
Ubuntu does have alot of good programs, but there are some I just cant live without. There are also some that thee are replacements for, EX: ms office ->open office, but for some reason I just cant completely drop an OS that I paid over $150 for, (windows 7 pro) for something free. :) In my mind something that is free cannot be better than something that was bought. :| And I mean no offence to all of the Linux lovers out there but I'm a die-hard MS boy and I'd buy a Macintosh before I ever switch exclusively to Linux. :) just my 2 cents...
I had that problem for a while, because I was trying to use wine to run a windows-based wireless manager specific to the card. I spent far more time than I am willing to admit to trying to get that configuration to work. Then I tried using ubuntu's integrated wireless manager, and I had it up and running in under five minutes. The moral of the story is that ubuntu only likes wireless cards when they're being managed with its own wireless manager. How something free can be better than something bought (this argument is not original, I'm really just plagiarising it from all of the linux websites I've been to that explain why to use linux) : Linux is made by the users, for the users. It is maintained by thousands of people all around the world who do it for free because they like to. Anyone can customize it, reprogram it, and change it around and then offer it to other people. Windows (and Apple, for that matter) are built and maintained by groups of coders who do it for money. Sure they may enjoy their jobs, but not enough to do it for free. Their source code cannot be altered and they charge ridiculously high amounts of money for their products. If you pay $200 for a Microsoft or Apple software product and it turns out that yiou don't like it, you are stuck ontil you've got $200 for another one. With Linux, you're only limited by how many rewritable CDs you have to load new OSs onto and try them. Also, Linuxs open source system attracts the best kind of tech support--the people who are recreational techheads who want to help others simply because they can. Far better than a 24-hour automated help line from Microsoft or Apple.
the US government is supposed to be by the people for the people....that didn't work out to well. lol JK I'm not here to start a flame war, or argue with you about OS's. I respect the effort people put into Linux, and I respect your knowledge on the subject. I just don't like Linux, and Linux doesn't like me. Thats all.
Cool.
heyzuphowsitgoin (author)  junits154 years ago
It is impossible for a government to please 300000 people, some educated, some not, some with right wing tendencies, some with left, some atheist, some ultra-catholic. It is impossible for an OS to please 65000000 people, some educated, some not...
PS, and Ubuntu (er.. all Linux for that matter) hates my WiFi card :P
harthoppy3 years ago
would this work a Hp pavilion Dv 9000?
Spannerz3 years ago
Thanks for this! ^^

I have a windows laptop and ubuntu box.
To be honest, the ubuntu machine runs faster, boots quicker and has MUCH less OS problems than the laptop, even though it's got half the specs (2ghz p4, 1g DDR) whereas lappy is 2ghz dual-core, 2gb of DDR2 ram.

I still like windows for gaming and apps, however I like ubuntu for internet, downloads and media playback (fewer viruses)
Madrias3573 years ago
I doubt too many remember the old Gateway m675. This is my Linux Laptop, my 9 pounds of portable computing, with a battery powerful enough to power that Pentium 4 HT desktop chip for a solid hour and a half. 512 of RAM is the only killer point, and even that doesn't stop it.
Asmodeous3 years ago
I can't get to the internet with my Ubuntu installation.
hintss4 years ago
just earlier, there was a flamewar between me, an apple fanboy friend of mine, and a windows user on facebook. I was for linux. anyway, love your use of the word upgrade
lindgren4 years ago
The most important point of "Why?" is simply - it's not windows. And thats a damn good reason :-)
everywhere4 years ago
i love ubuntu it is way faster then my xp even thoght ubuntu is installed on my slower hard drive and windows on my soild state drive
dogofwar4 years ago
I down loaded duplicate cleaner and I have like 30,000 duplicate files I was wondering do I have to go through all the files one at a time, that is just to much work any help would be great. I am new to computers,and what is wine ???? well thanks for reading this and xp works fine why change something that is not broken and if I do install another os can I change back easily  thanks a lot sorry if these are dumb questions
emaster284 years ago
Hey, just letting you know, if you're using Mac, you can use disc utility, and it works just fine.
darkclaw424 years ago
 It should be "Downgrade from windows to ubuntu". For some people I do not recommend this if you are not 'good' with computers. Your basically downgrading in a way from user-friendly nice and simple icons, to a little harsher text editing and commands.

Other then that simple warning ;) I love linux, and install it on my old computers. I have 2 linux servers, one game and one home. I also shipped a 1999 Emachine off with Linux running on it and plan to use another old shell I have sitting in my closet (believe it has heat damage though) . Linux is really good on old computers but if you already have a high end one, dont bother
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