Re: Best way to install on a new HD for an old laptop
A BIOS that old is almost certainly NOT going to support booting from USB. So, doesn't matter what you make, it's not going to boot.
Originally Posted by frogo
The Ubuntu Desktop CD is a bootable disk -- you don't have to do anything special to it.
2- make a bootable CD (I'm not too sure how to go about that)
Bad idea -- because it will install the drivers for THAT machine, not for your machine.
3- install ubuntu on my new HD using another computer (making the new HD external), then perhaps reinstall if it works once placed back into the ACER machine
SHOULD scare you -- BIOS updating can NOT be done from another machine, and should only be done when necessary. IF you make a mistake, you turn your machine into an electric "brick".
4- update the BIOS on the ACER machine (scares me)
Boot from an Ubuntu in LiveCD mode and TRY it out, first. That will show you how well it detects your hardware and loads the proper drivers.
Are there other, better options? and which should I try first? I have to say I'm rapidly becoming clueless when engaging configuration of any sort.
Would choose 10.10, myself. NOT a fan of Unity. And, while 11.04 DOES provide you a way of going back to the Gnome desktop, 11.10 will not. Also, still getting LOTS of error reports on 11.04.
Also, given all this, is there any particular version of Ubuntu I should be looking at (I'll go for 10.04 in the mainline edition blindly otherwise).many thanks
Ubuntu 15.04 Mate, Mint 17.1; MS Win 8.1, Win10 TP.
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