I intend to install 12.10 using USB stick on my Dell Studio 15" with ATI graphics. At present the entire HDD is unpartitioned and used by Windows 7. As my memory goes, it is better for Ubuntu to have 3 partitions - Ubuntu, swap and /home. So how do I go about installing 12.10 on this laptop? There is not much data on Windows 7 anyway but I may need it occasionally.
a. Do I use Windows 7 to 'shrink' the existing partition first?
b. Do I use advanced options during the Ubuntu install?
Planning to use about 100 GB for Ununtu - 25-30 GB Ubuntu, 2GB swap and the rest for /home. Since Ubuntu can read the Windows 7 partition, I can always store some files there.
I know I need to do a chkdsk and defrag first.
Also when trying out Ubuntu, I found that the fan was always running on high. Do I need to worry about this or when it is finally installed, it will sort itself out.