Want to switch my Dell laptop from Vista to Ubuntu Linux or Windows XP.?
Question: What is it that I have to do? I have both the Linux & Xp cds to load from, but have been told that I would have to download drivers, etc to my laptop to support either of them. I want to wipe the Vista off and use one of the other two systems instead. How complicated it this process or is there anywhere, such as Staples or even a computer store, that would be better to take it to? I know this will probably void any warranties with Dell, but my warranty was only for a year and is up next month. I do have a desktop with XP on it and the laptop is used wireless. Could someone help me with this situation?
Best Answers: Want to switch my Dell laptop from Vista to Ubuntu Linux or Windows XP.?
If you want XP, just go to Dell Support, enter your model and search for drivers. It should list all available drivers. Download and burn to disc before attempting to install XP. If you want Linux, Enter BIOS, set hard drive type to "Auto Detect", Save Changes and Exit. If neither disc will boot it is because your boot options need to be set to have CD-ROM boot first in the boot order found in BIOS also. You insert disc and restart PC.
Here are some options for installing or trying out Linux Option One (Full installation) I thoroughly recommend Linux Mint 8 Main Edition which is built upon the outstanding Ubuntu 9.10 Its easy to install and easy to use plus it comes with much of the software you are likely to need preinstalled Linux Mint 8 Download http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=... The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 8 (Helena) Installation http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfect-de... Linux Mint 8 Helena User Guide http://www.scribd.com/doc/23787138/Linux... You download the ISO. image of Linux Mint 8 then you need to create a Bootable LiveCD for installation Linux Mint 8 can also be run direct from the LiveCD from Booting up without touching your Hard Drive Option Two (Install Linux inside Windows) Installing Ubuntu as a dual-boot with Windows without partitioning (XP,Vista and Windows 7) https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wubi You keep Windows as it is, Wubi only adds an extra option to boot into Ubuntu. Wubi does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different bootloader, and does not install special drivers. It works just like any other application. Wubi keeps most of the files in one folder, and if you do not like it, you can simply uninstall it as any other application. Boot in to windows insert the Ubuntu 9.10 LiveCD and you will offered the option of installing inside windows which is where the Wubi installer comes in, you will be asked how many gigabytes you wish to allocate to Ubuntu (I recommend 8gb) then you set a password for your installation then click install and thats it. Once Ubuntu is fully installed upon starting your PC you will be given a choice of which operating system you want to use Windows or Ubuntu Ubuntu 9.10 Download http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) User Guide http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Karmic Linux Mint 7 has a similar feature called mint4win and the directions given above for Wubi can be followed (Windows 7 run mint4win in Vista compatability mode) http://duncsweb.com/2009/09/27/mint4win-a-wubi-based-installer-of-linux-mint/ Linux Mint 7 Download http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=38 Linux Mint 7 Gloria User Guide http://www.scribd.com/doc/15884753/Linux-Mint-7-Gloria-User-Guide Ubuntu 9.10 and Linux Mint 7 can also be run straight from the LiveCD without touching your Hard drive Option Three (LiveCD) Here the possibilities are endless as you can try out as many different Linux distros. until you find the one thats right for you DISTROWATCH.COM gives full listings (second lists the major distributions) http://distrowatch.com/ Major Linux Distributions http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major LUg.
First of all, no matter what software you put on your computer, you will not void your warranty. Installing Operating Systems are relatively easy stuff but I would recommend Windows over Linux unless you have the time and patience to sit down and learn the nuances of this brilliant but specialised Open Source Software. In regards to the drivers, yes you will need to download them, but this can be done by going to www.dell.com , go to the product and support pages where you can click on the laptop you have, the operating system you want the drivers for and all the drivers needed will be there waiting for you. If you are a complete novice at computing and are worried about doing it harm, most computer shops (not stationary shops like staples) will be willing to install the OS for you at a cost.
The ubuntu installer will resize and create the partitions for you. You need to judge the sizes (i would go with at least 10 gigs for the root, swap depends on ram but just make it 512-1gig and you should be good ), but for a normal install of ubuntu i would reccomend at least 2 partitions, one ext3 for root ( / ) and one for swap Note that this will not allow you to share files between windows and linux. If you would like to do this, make another partition and format it fat32 so windows can read it as well as linux, and for the mount point in the installer, make it /files or /whatever. there are many good guides over at ubuntuforums.org
Personally I recommend PCLINUX,it's very much like xp,when downloaded,I suggest running it as a live cd(running the OS from cd)to see if your built-in devices are compatible with the linux and allows you to determine if other drivers are needed and available,all without having to erase your windows installation
I've liked it for years -- been using Linux on and off since the nineties, but I do have a few thoughts. Most of the older techies who use it have read their Robert A. Heinlein (a science fiction writer) and are willing to quote his slogan/acronym TANSTAAFL -- There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. So why use Linux? For someone like that, generally, using a GPL OS is taking ownership and responsibility for your computer in a very direct way. A distro like Gentoo which breaks things all the time (it just broke sound on the two boxes I have it installed on) or Debian which also encourages you to poke around under the hood) is as good as anything which holds your hand, for better (Ubuntu) or worse (Windows). The difference between Linux and Unix can be pretty iffy. What is Unix? It began as a cross-platform operating system, written when such things were new and by people who liked to use acronyms to name their executable files, for example tar for Tape ARchiver or vi for Visual Interface (to name two programs I still use). Linux is a kernel of an OS intended to run what were mainly UNIX programs -- I remember learning Linux because my College discovered the Netscape Web Browser before it was available for windows and couldn't afford UNIX. So we suddenly had a Linux lab. Unix and Linux, because of their popularity, indeed heritage, in academia, assume you know what you are doing when you issue a command. Windows doesn't. Windows is a consumer operating system. Uber-geek Bill Gates has said roughly that Microsoft should own your files because they know more about it than you do. That's blunt but it's part of their appeal. You are not responsible for knowing anything about your OS. Of course they practice unsafe computing on your machine -- Linux generally does not recognize the current directory in the path variable, that is does not look for executable files in the current directory unless explicitly told to precisely (in part) because it makes it that much more inconvenient for some trojan to install and run files -- the more the bad guys have to do the more mistakes they are likely to make. After all these years Windows still does not consider something as simple as that. And a lot of people prefer to have Microsoft own their files because, as they sometimes argue, their lives are so stressful they don't have time to take responsibility for their computers. You either pay with money or you pay with needing expertise. Linux has always been like that -- it's part of the bargain for using it. It provides a straightforward path to getting that expertise and I'm always glad to hear about someone willing to take that step.
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