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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ubuntu 11.04: Pre Installation

Before you proceed to download and install Ubuntu you need to check few things.
1. Your PC must have a working CD/DVD drive for installation through CD/DVD
2. If you have a netbook please check that there is a USB port which can be used to install Ubuntu 11.04.
3. Check if your PC (especiallay desktop) supports USB boot. Majority of laptops and netbooks support boot from USB. However, desktops usually don't support USB boot. In case you have a desktop PC, we recommend using CD/DVD method.
How To Check
In order to find if your PC supports USB boot or not, you have to enter the BIOS set-up to find it.

Enter BIOS
Restart your PC and as it is about to restart start hitting either of these keys -- DEL, Esc, F2, F12. Or you can check with your PC vendor that which key is used to enter BIOS settings. There are hundreds of PC models and it is beyond the scope of this manual to provide support for each model. I think any of these keys will work with your PC.
Once you are in the BIOS setting. It is a black screen with white text. Here your mouse will not work, you will have to use keyboard. Use arrow keys to go to the Boot Menu (you can see it on one of the tabs). Under Boot Menu look for Boot Device Priority or Boot Device Option. There if you see USB as the available option that means your PC supports booting from USB.
In order to set your PC to be able to boot from USB and CD/DVD. Please use the arrow keys to set in this order that
First --> USB (if available otherwise CD/DVD will be the first and HDD will be the second)
Second --> CD/DVD
Third --> Hard drive
Once you have set the boot priority in this order hit F10 and Yes to save these settings. Now, when your PC will be able to boot from USB or CD/DVD.
Note: We try our best to make the installation process easier, but still it is expected that you are comfortable with such things. It is obvious that installation is a bit technical than just copy-pasting files on your PC. So, please be patient and don't try it if you have any doubt. You can ask for any Ubuntu user around you to get her/his help. If you have any doubts we have created a forum exclusively for users like you and you can ask your questions there.

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