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Old 05-14-2014, 10:16 AM   #1
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Problems loading Ubuntu onto Lenovo Thinkpad


Hi -
I just got a Lenovo Thinkpad T400 -- Oh happy day! It even came with Windows 7. I don't plan to wipe Windows 7 but I do want to load Ubuntu 14.04 and use it most of the time. However, the T400 doesn't seem to be letting me do this.
Or is it me? I've downloaded the iso from Ubuntu and burned it to a DVD using Roxio. I changed the boot sequence of the laptop and I find that either the computer spins the DVD drive but ignores it and goes forward with loading Windows, or, when I burned a second disc and chose the "make bootable" option from Roxio, the computer went to a screen that just said "missing operating system." (I thought the Ubuntu OS disc was automatically bootable, I don't recall having to select "make bootable" anyway).
The only thing that I can think of is that maybe I need to specify somehow in Roxio that I need to burn an image file -- I just thought that since the file downloaded as an iso, and that's the suffix on the file name, that I wouldn't have to designate that in burning it.
Please let me know what I might be missing.

Thanks.
 
Old 05-14-2014, 12:34 PM   #2
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Instead of roxio

I used

http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABL...BurnCDCC.shtml

Because the installer did not come with the added crapware that they try to install unless you know what you are doing and hit decline.
That is why I did not suggest http://www.imgburn.com/ which I used to use for burning Linux images in Windows.
It is a fine program. Just be careful of installing crapware during the install process.

Both are free.
 
Old 05-14-2014, 12:38 PM   #3
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I'm posting this from a T400, that is dual booting Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7.

Personally, I install Ubuntu from a USB drive, downloading the iso and making the drive with either Unetbootin (first choice), or Startup Disk Creator (if you have a Live 14.04 DVD available, or an older Live CD to use).

And not to be too elementary here, but, please do be sure that you're following the guidelines to create the dual boot on Windows 7 (a bit different than dual booting XP, if that was your past experience), by reviewing these instructions:

http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu_T...ows_and_Ubuntu

(ie: make sure Windows is installed first, then cut a chunk out it, to install Ubuntu to...)

I agree with you, that though it's beginning to show it's age compared to newer boxes, the T400 is a fine laptop indeed.

Last edited by OrangeCrate; 05-15-2014 at 04:33 AM.
 
Old 05-14-2014, 01:55 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by LinuxLiker View Post
Hi -
I just got a Lenovo Thinkpad T400 -- Oh happy day! It even came with Windows 7. I don't plan to wipe Windows 7 but I do want to load Ubuntu 14.04 and use it most of the time. However, the T400 doesn't seem to be letting me do this.
Or is it me? I've downloaded the iso from Ubuntu and burned it to a DVD using Roxio. I changed the boot sequence of the laptop and I find that either the computer spins the DVD drive but ignores it and goes forward with loading Windows, or, when I burned a second disc and chose the "make bootable" option from Roxio, the computer went to a screen that just said "missing operating system." (I thought the Ubuntu OS disc was automatically bootable, I don't recall having to select "make bootable" anyway).
The only thing that I can think of is that maybe I need to specify somehow in Roxio that I need to burn an image file -- I just thought that since the file downloaded as an iso, and that's the suffix on the file name, that I wouldn't have to designate that in burning it.
Please let me know what I might be missing.

Thanks.
BTW, I'm not sure why you would have done that, or else, I not fully understanding what you did. During the boot up process, at the ThinkPad page, F12 gets you to a boot menu, that you then just simply scroll down to any USB drive or CD or DVD that has been plugged in, then highlight it, hit Enter, and watch it go...

Last edited by OrangeCrate; 05-15-2014 at 04:31 AM.
 
  


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