After multiple attempts at installing 11.04 on my laptop using Wubi I gave up.
My laptop is a Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q882: i5 450m processor, 4GB RAM, GeForce GTS 360M with 1GB vRAM + 1.25 GB shared vRAM, 500GB 7200RPM HDD - I've got power coming out of my ears on the thing!
Every time I installed Ubuntu I got an error in the text output after the initial reboot: "failed to get i915 symbols, graphics turbo disabled error on boot". And the screen would only show blocks of messed up colors, obviously indicating there was a display problem. I had to force a shutdown when this happened.
I would then reboot into Ubuntu's Safe Graphics mode. The installation would continue and then automatically reboot again. However after that I was presented with five boot options, the first two having Linux and a version number, several were recovery options and the last one was a Windows recovery option.
I selected the first option and came to a text login (command prompt - not sure what the Linux term is for that). Being COMPLETELY and TOTALLY new to Ubuntu (or even Linux, for that matter), I didn't have a clue what to do there so I just rebooted into Windows.
So then I did the Googling thing. I searched for the error message I mentioned above and tried one fix that seemed to work for people. It involved entering these two lines: "echo "blacklist intel_ips" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf" and "echo -e "i915/nintel_ips" >> /etc/modules". I tried it, but got a permission denied message. I tried prepending them with "sudo" (like I said: total noob), but that didn't work either.
So I gave up on 11.04 and came to these forums. I noticed a lot of people also having graphics issues (and others) with 11.04 and many replies saying 10.10 works great for them. So I downloaded 10.10. Having gone through all of that I'm not going to continue to fight too much harder to get Ubuntu to run on my laptop, but I'm going to give 10.10 a try.
With 10.10 can I get the Ubuntu/Windows boot option like I did with 11.04? It goes without saying I want to be able to revert back to Windows if I'm unsuccessful with 10.10.
Also, will some sort of fix ever come out for this issue? In my searching for the error, I saw forum posts with the error dating back to Ubuntu 9! What's the likelihood the issue will ever be resolved?
10.04 being a LTS, should I install that instead?
Thanks for anyone's help! I'd really like to give Ubuntu a fair shake, but with these problems hampering my efforts, I'm only willing to go so far...