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As soon as the computer starts booting, press the BIOS key. On most systems, that would be either DEL or F2. The appropriate key should be printed on your screen while the system is booting, by the way (but "BIOS" may be referred to as "SETUP").
Inside BIOS, look for the menu that controls boot/drive order and use the arrow keys to move between the menu items and the Enter key to confirm selections/changes. Don't forget to save changes when you exit BIOS. If all goes well and you have your cd in the optical drive, the system should boot up and run the cd this time.
I got really confused while attempting to create the changes you suggested to swap, /, and /home partitions because there many partitions named /dev/sda1 (they go 1-5) or something along those lines and only one was named swap. How can I figure out which one's I'm supposed to get rid, or change the size of? I don't want to remove them all and end up having removed windows (mostly because the laptop is shared). The one video I found online helping with the installation is of little to no help at all sadly.
Nooooow - wait a minute there before we get into any accidents.
While you are running the livecd, start a terminal and use the fdisk -l command again. That will give use a clear idea just what needs to be done. (No need to insert the == characters in the output to preserve the formatting as you did before, just use the # button you can see at the top of the input box when you are writing up a post and place the output in between the [CODE] tags.)
If you decide to push on, stay away from partitions that are marked "NTFS". Those are definitely windows and I understand you won't want to remove those. Anything else (swap, ext3 or ext4) can be removed.
If you still do not have enough free space (I would say that you need at the very least 10GB of free space to install), you'll need to resize windows first. That can be done from the livecd, too. Under System > Admin, there is a "partition editor" menu. Open it, select the NTFS partition from the graphical representation of the hard drive, right-click on it and select "resize". In the input box, select the desired size (obviously, you'll need to decrease the current size) and click on Apply. Depending on how much you need to chop off, the operation may take quite a bit of time. When you are done, you can delete the ubuntu partition(s) and create new ones or just leave the space free. If uncertain, use the latter option. Close the partition editor and start the intaller from the icon on your desktop.
If you already created partitions during the previous step, all you need to do is assign them to a mount point (/ and /home, the third one (swap) does not have one)
If the space is still free and you don't know what to do, just take the automated approach and tell the installer to use the free space; it will then take care of it by itself. If you prefer partitioning yourself, on the other hand, you can create partitions manually; just assign them a size and select "edit" for each one to assign them a file system type (swap for swap space and ext4 for the other ones) and a mount point.
Edit: never mind the thumbs up over my post, I don't know what I did to make it appear there; but I do know that I can't find a way to delete it :C
Edit2: I should have thought you would have find plenty of install guides. Here is just one: http://seogadget.co.uk/the-ubuntu-installation-guide/
Success!! I finally have a fully functioning Ubuntu installed! Now all I have to do is figure out how to customize it so I can have that cool cubed view and such. Where can I go to ask questions about that?
Hello all. First time post for this newbie. I've read this posting and it is similar to my problems so I decided to piggyback. Just installed Ubuntu 9.0.4 and am getting error messages when trying to get updates. This was a dual boot install with XP using a Source Forge download iso.
I used default settings for the install without migrating any XP stuff.
The following messages show: "An error has occurred, please run Package Manager from the right click menu apt-get in a terminal to see what is wrong."
Package Manager showed: "Error Broken Count>0' This usually means that your installed packages have unmet dependicies.
E: Unable to write mmap-msy(28 No space on device)
E: The package lists or status file couldn't be parsed or opened
E: -cache-> open() failed, please report
I don't understand all the instructions in the previous threads so would like further help.
1. What is the "terminal" and how is it used?
2. Is there a ready source of "code" instructions
3. Is reinstalling 9.0.4 simply a matter of reloading the CD iso file
when I'm "booted" in XP or 9.0.4?
4. Can I return to a Live Ubuntu install or use Wubi eventually?
Unfortunatley, I made the mistake of "diving in" before exploring the other possibility of testing Ubuntu. A lesson learned. BTW Ubuntu does look interesting from what I've been able to explore so far.
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It sounds like you might be out of space on your hard disk. You might want to check that. For all the other questions this site has an excellent group of tutorials well written in easy to understand language. Just click on "Tutorials" and pick the ones that suit your immediate needs. You'll find all the answers there. If you run into trouble post your questions on a new thread with a descriptive title (not something like "help me"). For the record, what you did is called "hijacking a thread" and it's not a good thing to do but as you're new ....