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I own an ACER 4315 Laptop computer MS2220 Atheros AR5BXB63 with Windows Vista Home Basic. I'd like to partition the hard drive to run Ubuntu Linux. However the Ubuntu 7.04 Liveboot CD not recognized as a bootable CD on startup. How do I boot Ubuntu from the bootable CD? Or simply install Linux in a partition on the HD? Thanks for your time.

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  • bwinter Jul 04, 2008

    I tried both burning the iso onto a blank CD and the Bootable CD I got free in LinuxFormat magazine but no success. I don't think the problem is the CDs as it's boots just fine on my old pentium 4 windows XP machine. I can also run Ubuntu directly from that CD on the XP desktop.

    The problem here is that on startup, the only option I get is Windows Vista Home ONLY. My Acer 4315 Laptop is not even recognizing the CD (though It'll play DVDs/I slide into the CD/DVD drive just fine. Does this have something to do with the new file format for windows as it's not a FAT32 laptop. Ubuntu 7.04 from the linux mag. is suppose to write as well as read the new format - or so it says in the mag..?

  • bwinter Jul 04, 2008

    That's precisely the problem. The only option I get in the BIOS options is windows basic and nothing else. In fact it's the only computer I've ever owned that doesn't show any other options than the pre-installed Windows operating system Windows in the bios.

    Since I've lost the owners manual, I'll take your advice and visit the Acer website and look up my user manual there later on today. There just HAS to be a way to boot from the CD on this laptop - if not install Ubuntu to its hard drive.

    I'm a newbie to Linux but am anxious to learn. Thanks for your assistance.

    Brian

  • bwinter Jul 04, 2008

    This is a VERY helpful article. Thanks very much for your time and effort.

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Just click below ...

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot

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Hopefully this article should help. It gives step by step instructions to do this:
http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vista_with_linux_vista_installed_first.htm

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    Swilin Sampson Jul 04, 2008

    Most welcome :) Any further questions, please dont hesitate to post back. Good luck!

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Greetings,

Make sure the your laptop BOOTS first from the CD drive.
Change the options in the BIOS setup, check your laptop manual for more details.

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    monk3ybidzness Jul 04, 2008


    One more thing - back up everything important on that laptop - you will erase everything on the hard drive on partitioning.

    Dual-boot install process:

    1. install windows - use half of the disk on partitioning & leave the other half untouched (do not partition or do anything on the other half)

    2. install ubuntu - use continous free space

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Hello there.

Nice to see more people trying out Linux :-)

From your description it sounds like the CD image you downloaded is not bootable. What i would do is scrap that CD and try the following, this is a guide that explains step by step how to take the downloaded .ISO file and burn it to CD, so that the computer can boot from it (known as a bootable CD).

Please click here for the information.

As Ubuntu has a partition program as part of the installer, you can use this to resize your Windows partition and install Ubuntu in the free partition left over.

This should get you setup in no time :)

Hope this helps.

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    Ryan Harron Jul 04, 2008

    alternatively: click here for a video guide http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?doci...

  • Ryan Harron
    Ryan Harron Jul 04, 2008

    it seems you should be working fine. My only other comment is to recommend sticking to the help.ubuntu.com documentation, 3rd party websites sometimes are not so good and most problems are documented on the OFFICIAL ubuntu site.

    Hope this helps.


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