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Old 12-04-2011, 10:34 PM   #1
awkonradi
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Ubuntu 10.04 on an HP Pavilion 514n: some questions


Hi Folks! My first post here. Recently, I installed Ubuntu 10.04, in a separate partition, on a 10-year old HP Pavilion 514n, which came with XP, including an XP recovery partition D. I'm quite happy with Ubuntu, and I THINK I'm ready to do away with XP completely. I understand, perhaps incorrectly, changing to a clean single boot Ubuntu installation will fix some bugs present in dual boot Ubuntu, specifically including computer hibernation failure.

Can any of you recommend a specific sequence of operations to change to a clean single boot Ubuntu 10.04 installation? I have an Ubuntu 10.04 boot CD, and I will upgrade my RAM to 1 Gb before proceeding.

Thanks!

Andrei W. Konradi
Burlingame, California, USA
 
Old 12-04-2011, 10:50 PM   #2
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Pardon me for answering my own question.

Is it as simple as booting from the installation CD, and selecting the option "Erase disk and install Ubuntu", as indicated at the following link?

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/GraphicalInstall

Will that wipe all preexisting partitions on the hard drive, including the XP recovery partition D?

Thanks!

Andrei
 
Old 12-04-2011, 10:54 PM   #3
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That should probably do it. You could use the manual partitioning schema to be sure.

Or, if you were really hell bent on erasing everything, you could zero your disk from the installer before proceeding:

Code:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1M
But don't actually do that. That's insane. Just do what you said.
 
Old 12-04-2011, 11:19 PM   #4
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jhwilliams, and others, if a BIOS update is available, then would installing that now be a good idea? The BIOS has not been updated since I bought this computer in 2002. Thanks! Andrei
 
Old 12-04-2011, 11:30 PM   #5
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Absolutely! Yes, do the BIOS update while you're still running windows.
 
Old 12-04-2011, 11:37 PM   #6
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Copy that! Thanks!
 
  


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