How-To: Install Linux Risk Free, With No Formatting or Repartitioning Required

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PhoneyVirus

Just Tracking Thanks

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bomgar

hey can someone help me find wifi divers for a asus x50gl? I would be really happy because i can't run an ethetnet cabe from my router to my laptop... i could temporarily but not as a long time solution.... Thanks.

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nsk chaos

sweet guide!!! thx

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AndyYankee17

pretty much the only thing in linux that conufses, and it's a big one, in compiling and installing programs, there seems to be no good tutorials on writing a build file

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DDTechGuy

Okay! Okay!

I'll try Linux (but if my head explodes from using the last little bit of space up...it's YOUR fault!)

Thanks for the simple, step-by-step article...seriously, I'll give it a try and report on my results.

DDTechGuy

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winmaster

If I download a virus in Ubuntu that was installed using Wubi, will it affect my Windows install?

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Devo85x

It wont affect your windows install unless you are using wine and the person who wrote it put in code to check for that...

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AndyYankee17

doubt it, the virus would have been written for linux, not windows. now if it's running in linux it may affect your files because your window files are accesible in linux

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EarthBoundMisfit

Registered Linux User #404122
Microsoft has encountered a critical system error and must now shut down. Better get Bill Gate$ on the phone for this one...

 

My current computer is a Hewlett Packard 2.8 ghz computer.
I dual boot with a Debian variant Sidux on one side...Windows XP on the other.
My pc comes equipped with onboard video memory...which you HAVE to keep activated in order to install linux on this computer. When installing...I have to dedicate at least 32 mb of video memory...even  though I have a ATI Radeon X1300 graphics card installed.
You'll want to boot up in video safe mode....otherwise you'd have top hit ctrl/alt f2 or f3 and edit your xorg.conf file as such

sudo apt-get install nano
sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

scroll down the list until you see what driver is listed.

On my computer...it would list Driver="Intel810"

I change it to Driver="vesa".....hit ctrl O to save the change I just made....then ctrl X to exit.
Type exit to exit sudo....then type start x.
If the problem is in your video....your linux distro should boot.

 After your linux has booted...dtermine WHICHdriver you will need...and holler back.

Glenn Condrey

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Justin.Kerr

Did you download 8.04 or an older version?

The Hardware testing tool is indeed where the guide says it is.

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ghot

page 1 step 3 of your' guide is...I believe incorrect...i dont remeber which one  but one of those compatability checks is NOT there or NOT where you say it is...sorry but I don't remeber which one and since the internet didnt work running off the live CD  I'm not going to try it again ...untill either the Ubuntu people or YOU get the story/functions correct.

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dcrail

For the live disc Unbuntu reqs are below

 "System Requirements

Ubuntu is available for PC, 64-Bit PC and Intel based Mac
architectures. At least 256 MB of RAM is required to run the alternate
install CD (384MB of RAM is required to use the live CD based
installer). Install requires at least 4 GB of disk space."

 and with 256 MB of ram, you're out of luck for the Live cd.

You might try Kubuntu, you may have more luck , although probably not with the live cd.

It's system reqs are:

"Kubuntu is available for PC, 64-Bit and Mac architectures.

CDs require 700MB media. Desktop install requires at least 256MB of RAM and 3GB of available hard drive space."

It's has a smaller footprint, and uses KDE unstead of GNOME.  I haven't tried it on hardware as old as yours, but, for what it's worth, I have heard second hand that it is more compatible.

 

 

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Rolandtan

I have a copy of Ubuntu 7.10 disc. Several attempts to install it on a very old Sony VAIO Notebook were not successful. I even tried to "test-drive" the software with the disc. The computer will try to read the files in the disc for a few minutes but then nothing happens. The computer has an Intel Pentium III 850 MHz processor and I have upgraded the RAM to 256 MHz.

Currently, I have Window XP installed on the computer. It is running fine, but a bit slow. Could the problem be due to insufficient RAM?

Can anybody please help or comment? Thanks.

 

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StimpE

Check if there is any damage to the disc. If you keep having problems with it, you should download and burn a new ISO from http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download

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bf2gameplaya

I just installed Unbuntu 8.04.0.1 using the Live CD AMD64 version for my Opteron 185 NForce4/2GDDR/8800GTSG92+CRT/IntelNIC+Cable/USB DVD drive, with many USB devices.

Everything went smoothly using the version slightly older than the current one. Internet connection was configured properly and about 60 updates applied. I chose an additional 30-40 add-ons. Dual booting with XP is well done and partioning was scary, but managable as I am very familiar with disk management and I had upartitioned space available. I am impressed with the jouncy windows and fun visual effects, unexpected. FF3 is also snappy.

Yet I am stoned cold blocked like a rocket sled into a mountain of Jello trying to get my X-fi Elite Pro to work (Which works incredibly well in XP). I saw and downloaded Creatives beta Linux drivers, but I have no idea how or where to put the nested files (I'm still new to Linux's directory trees and commands) and how or when to "make" them or if I need any pre-requisite packages such as OSS, which is similarly opaque with installation routines.

I'm aware of all the drama surrounding PC audio right now but I want to know:

How do I get my X-fi (Elite Pro or not) to work with my otherwise so-far-so-good Unbuntu 8 installation? Don't tell me to read Creative's Linux Readme.txt, I did and it is useless seemingly purposely so.

 

 

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MaximumUser3

MP3's aren't really the issue being that their are now several codec solutions via ubuntu packages as well as a dozen or so players for both Gnome and Kde desktop styles. Plus several installable backends with the proper codecs included. What you have to worry about is WMA Lossless.....

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StimpE

Also, you can use the recommended VLC Media Player (which is available in the Synaptic Package Manager) to play your MP3's.

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dwr50

 Out of the 12 live cd's I tried Mandriva 2008.1 Spring Edition live cd found my sound card and WiFi. This is the only live cd where everything worked from the live cd, so this is the version I chose to install. Best advice I can give is to try as many live cd's as you can and install the one that works on your computer.

 

Acer Aspire 5610z,Vista HP, No problems with Vista... so far, but I'm learning Linux, just in case.

Acer Aspire 5315-2153, $348 Walmart Special,Mandriva Linux 2008.1 Spring Edition

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CrimsonKnight13

Be warned... Ubuntu doesn't work well with fake RAID (aka NVRAID or SiLRAID). Even when installing with Wubi, it won't boot into Ubuntu on a fake RAID setup.

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PowerJunkie

So that's my problem.  Yup, I've got nvidia raid 0 and this install didn't work at all.  Happy to uninstall it through windows tho :) 

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Strongbad536

 So does anyone know how to fix the linux and youtube audio problem???

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Justin.Kerr

I would boot into your Linux install and type "adobe flash test" into google. Make sure everything is okay at that end.

Aside from that try running the hardware test described under Step 3 to see if sound is working in general.

If you have motherboard audio + an aftermarket card, likely only your motherboard audio is supported out of the box and thus you might not have sound unless you move your speaker wire.

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Devo85x

What problem are you having? I can try to help if you tell me the exact problem

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Strongbad536

Whenever I try to watch youtube or google videos, there is no audio only video, I have yet to find a solution.  My soundcard is an audigy SE i think. 

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Devo85x

Did you check the volume on youtube/google AND on your computer? i know sometimes ubuntu will turn the sound all the way down on one or the other

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Marsolin

I used the Wubi installer on my laptop at work and it went great. Being a work laptop I didn't want to repartition the drive, but having the ability to install Kubuntu like it's just another program made everything easier. No I can reboot into KDE4 whenever I can't take Windows anymore. Before Wubi I used VMware Player, but I just didn't have enough RAM and couldn't use 3D graphics. Having a native install now is great.

 

Chad

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nmanguy

You don't need the cd to do a WUBI install. Just get the Wubi EXE and run it, and wait a bit. It's usefull if you don't have the 700 MB iso yet, since it auto-downloads it for you.

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Justin.Kerr

Booting from a live CD gives you a chance to test drive the interface to decide if you want to even bother with an install. Additionally it allows you to run some basic compatibility checks on your hardware so you can quickly tell what challenges lie in your wake should you decide to try it out. You can download drivers in advance, etc. This guide is designed to be as user friendly as possible to those who may have never tried the OS.

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