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Old 10-05-2006, 01:31 PM   #1
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Installation Questions.


Hi, I am in the middle of downloading ubuntu 64-bit. I have a few questions for you guys that could help my decision to use ubuntu. I have been told it is better than windows in all senses.

1: During installation, does it ask you to bridge any hard drive of yours for room for ubuntu?

2: Can you uninstall Ubuntu at any time using ubuntu or (hopefully) Windows XP?

3: Can you choose which operating system to boot with on startup?

Please answer these questions and give me a step-by-step tutorial of installation. Note that I don't know what "Fat32" and other technical terms are.
 
Old 10-05-2006, 01:46 PM   #2
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Here is a howto for installing Ubuntu.

The first thing I will tell you is to backup anything important (personal files, etc) that you don't want to lose if something goes astray. Although I've never had a problem, whenever you do something like this you might.

The second thing is what type of hardware do you have (computer model or motherboard, amount of RAM, video card, modem, sound card, ethernet card, etc). I assume you know you have a 64-bit processor if that's what you're downloading. Windows Modems and USB modems generally cause problems. So if that's your only access to the internet, you might have some trouble initially. I just want to make sure you get a linux that will install on your hardware and be easy for you to use (Ubuntu won't run with less than 128MB ram). Also, you can take the two quizes in my signature and see if there's a distro you like better.

1. I don't know what you mean "bridge", but the Ubuntu installer will probably ask you to shrink your Windows XP partition to make room for Ubuntu. The installer should have all the tools to do this. If not, use a LiveCD like GParted Live to resize your XP partition.

2. You should be able to uninstall Ubuntu at any time using the Live Cd. I'm not sure about Windows. the one thing you'll have to do is use your windows XP disk to fixmbr or repair windows first (see #3).

3. Ubuntu will put Grub (a bootloader) into the Master Boot Record (mbr) of your drive. This will take over the boot loading from Windows NTLDR. If you delete linux without first restoring the windows NTLDR (using your windows CD), then you will not be able to load windows again until you either A) restore NTLDR or B) install another bootloader like XOSL or C) use a bootable disk like Smart Boot manager.

Fat32 is the filesystem developed by microsoft for Windows 95/98/ME. Linux has good read and write support to this filesystem. XP was probably installed using NTFS (the newer filesystem, which linux can read from, but not write to -- i.e. you can read files but can't alter or save them).

When dual booting, generally it is good to make a partition or leave free space at the end of your drive that you can format as Fat32 to share files between linux and windows.

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Old 10-05-2006, 02:33 PM   #3
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By Bridge, I mean partition.
 
Old 10-05-2006, 02:34 PM   #4
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What is a "Live CD"? Is that what I would use to install Kubuntu or Ubuntu?

Anyway, here is my System info:

Motherboard: DFi Lanparty CFX 3200
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3800 Dual-Core X2
Graphics Card: Radeon x1800xt 256mb
Memory: 1.5GB
Modem: Linksys WCG200
Sound: Soundblaster Live!
Ethernet: On-Board

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Old 10-05-2006, 03:21 PM   #5
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A live CD is a linux CD that runs completely off the CD (it doesn't have to touch the hard drive). In fact, you can put a live CD in a machine with no hard drive and have a running linux router or firewall.

I believe the (K)Ubuntu CD's for 6.06 are combo CD's, both LiveCD's and install CD's. You just boot the live CD and then there's an icon on the desktop to install to the Hard Drive.

The Gparted Live CD is comparable to Partition Magic for Windows. I've had really good success with it.
 
Old 10-05-2006, 04:13 PM   #6
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Thanks alot for all your help. It really means alot.
 
Old 10-05-2006, 04:17 PM   #7
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Any time. If you have any other questions/issues, start a new thread with the specific question/problem and hopefully we'll be able to help you out some more.

Happy Tuxing!
 
  


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