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Old 01-16-2009, 03:58 AM   #1
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Ok, I am going to seem like the biggest newb ever at linux, but it's ok cause I am. My goal is to make it so that when I boot up my computer it asks me whether I want to go on Windows Vista (My current OS) or linux. So anyway I felt like downloading it so I read some of their articles and stuff and decided to download kubuntu. So I did, I mistakenly pressed "Open" instead of save lol. So I waited about an hour untill someone on Yahoo! answers told me that I was supposed to save it. I then proceeded to cancel the download and restart it again, Since then my internet browser crashed and I was forced to restart the download a second time. This time when I resumed the download it immediatly picked up where it left off (at 6%) Is that supposed to happen? Also is this supposed to take so long to download? I mean it's literraly taking forever I kind of expected it but I didn't think it would take this long. And after it downloads what do you do to get it to ask you when you startup the computer. I don't want to delete any of my windows data. Step by step instructions if you can please. Like I said biggest linux newb. I'm sorry really but yeah if someone could help me it would be much appreciated, thank you.
Old 01-16-2009, 04:16 AM   #2
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I do not understand completely your problem. So I will try to help you in the points that I feel I understand.
If you downloaded the kubuntu image it is probably in iso format. It could either be dvd iso or cd depending on what you selected.
As you said that your browser crashed will download was going on and it picked it up from where it had left earlier, then it is quite normal. Browsers are getting intelligent day by day.
Now what you need to do first is to burn the image to correct media. If its a dvd iso burn it to a dvd otherwise burn it to a cd. Use burn image to disk option while burning.
Once you have done that change bios settings to boot from your dvd and wait till it boots.
Its probably a live cd or dvd so you should be able to boot from it and use kubuntu without changing the contents of your system or affecting it in anyway.
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You might want to read up on partitioning and get yourself a G-Parted livecd if you intend to install Kubuntu without deleting your windoze os.
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I think that if you enter "Tools -> Clear Private Data" before returning to the site, you will be able to start over.

Or couldn't you right click on the link and select "save as.."?

I did something similar today at work. I clicked on a link to a promotional video and the player came up. I was able to abort and right-click on the link. The day before on another site, I tried right clicking initially and downloaded a php script instead of the promo spot. We just can't win.
Old 01-17-2009, 11:11 AM   #5
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Yes it does take forever to download, the newer the version, or more obscure, the longer. The previous advice makes sense but don't forget to wipe temporary files and make a clean download. Then burn the ISO to a disk (could well be useful later, ie as a boot medium ) and then reset the bios to first boot from cd and install the new o/s. I prefer to keep Windows on its own hardrive but that is personal choice.



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