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Old 01-08-2009, 07:26 PM   #1
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Installing Ubuntu 8.10 on laptop (drivers mainly)


Hey,
I got my Ubuntu disc through the post today and was wondering about something...

If I install it inside Windows, would I still need to download the drivers to use the sound, wireless, cable internet, and everything?

Also, would this make my current system slow?

But the main, bigger problem is finding all the drivers I need.

I've got a Toshiba Satellite L30 - 101 laptop, and the only driver I know I've got is the Atheros wireless one.
 
Old 01-08-2009, 07:43 PM   #2
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Hey,
I got my Ubuntu disc through the post today and was wondering about something...

If I install it inside Windows, would I still need to download the drivers to use the sound, wireless, cable internet, and everything?

Also, would this make my current system slow?

But the main, bigger problem is finding all the drivers I need.

I've got a Toshiba Satellite L30 - 101 laptop, and the only driver I know I've got is the Atheros wireless one.
Don't worry about finding all you will need, LQ is here to help you through that

Just run the livecd first to see how it performs.

Most likely any problems you may run into will surface here.

You can install it within winblows, but there will be a performance impact. And yes you will still need to download any necessary drivers.

The best solution is to install as a dual boot.

Boot it up an check it out first.

Oh and there may be some lag due to running from the cd.

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Old 01-08-2009, 07:58 PM   #3
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Hey! Thanks for your friendly reply! Don't see that often on the net, so thank you. haha.

I've booted from the CD just to try it out, I loved the looks of it, its performance was really good, and I know that I definetely want Ubuntu, but not as my primary OS. I want it as a dual-boot which I thought was "Installing inside Windows"

I just tried to install it on a second partition anyway, having a feeling that, that was what I was going to be doing anyway but the laptop died on me and left me with a blank black screen. Don't know what happened there though. But I booted from the PC and pressed enter on the "Install Ubuntu" option rather than running the OS from the CD first and then installing.

Anyway, it's not installing that's the problem as I've installed OS' a few times before, I usually know what I'm doing with partitions, etc, it's just the drivers I'm worried about. I've checked through Toshiba's website for the drivers that I need for Linux environments and they don't have any - they only have Win XP, Vista, 2000, etc...
 
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...Anyway, it's not installing that's the problem as I've installed OS' a few times before, I usually know what I'm doing with partitions, etc, it's just the drivers I'm worried about. I've checked through Toshiba's website for the drivers that I need for Linux environments and they don't have any - they only have Win XP, Vista, 2000, etc...
That's the point. If it works properly when running the livecd, it will most likely work if installed to a hard drive. You won't need to download anything driver wise.
 
Old 01-08-2009, 08:05 PM   #5
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The internet didn't work and when I tried watching one of the sample videos the audio and visual didn't work either.
 
Old 01-08-2009, 08:12 PM   #6
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The audio/visual side is easy enough to rectify. Run the live cd again. When you are at the desktop go here: System--> Administration and click on the Hardware Drivers icon. See if your wireless card is detected and if the software offers to download and install it for you.
 
Old 01-08-2009, 08:57 PM   #7
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Ah, I've done it now. So much better than Vista. I was having a bit of confusion with connecting to the wireless though, I had to click the button and click which wireless connection to use whereas I'm used to it doing so automatically. But anyway.

Now that I've got everything working, is there any way I can resize my Vista partition to being smaller giving me the option of installing Ubuntu on the laptop with the bigger partition?

Not everything actually, my sound isn't working and there isn't an option for the sound driver in the Hardware Drivers window.
 
Old 01-08-2009, 09:14 PM   #8
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I'm betting that your sound card is muted...right click the volume control and select "open volume control" I have a very similar laptop, so you should be fine. Ubuntu will have all of the drivers you'll need except maybe the proprietary video driver, but there's dozens o sites and the ubuntu forum that has all the instructions you'll need. Have fun!
 
Old 01-08-2009, 09:17 PM   #9
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Hmm... haha. Didn't think it'd be muted. I had the sound up to 100%, but nothing was coming out. I'm back on Vista right now, resizing the partition, then going to install Ubuntu and give it another try.
If not, I'll see you guys soon.

But thanks for your help anyway. Really appreciate it.
 
Old 01-09-2009, 03:58 PM   #10
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Yeah..I've had that happen...but the volume control would be controlling the master and surround (which is what my speakers ended up using) was muted and when unmuted...poof..there was my sound...so it may be something to look into
 
Old 01-09-2009, 05:50 PM   #11
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haha, usually something obvious, ain't it? :P

They're working a-okay now thanks. Got Ubuntu working quite nicely, next thing to do is to copy my music from the Vista partition, make that smaller so I can resize Ubuntu to be a little bigger, pick a programming language to start learning, and then I'm a Ubuntu user as of there.

Thanks for the help guys (maybe girls too but, they're always guys! :P)
 
  


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