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    Thinking of installing Ubuntu but not sure if laptop can take it

    Hi,

    I'm, sorry if I'm in the wrong section.

    I have Windows 8 on my laptop (a net-book) and I want to try Ubuntu because it sounds awesome.

    But I'm worried my laptop won't be able to take it.

    It is a hp net-book.

    1.70 Ghz
    4GB of Ram
    and 500GB or memory
    It's a 64 bit

    Could that handle both Ubuntu and Windows 8?

    Thanks for any help you can provide.

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    Can my mini laptop handle Windows 8 and Ubuntu

    Hi,

    I'm, sorry if I'm in the wrong section.

    I have Windows 8 on my laptop (a net-book) and I want to try Ubuntu because it sounds awesome.

    But I'm worried my laptop won't be able to take it.

    It is a hp net-book.

    1.70 Ghz
    4GB of Ram
    and 500GB or memory
    It's a 64 bit

    Could that handle both Ubuntu and Windows 8?

    Thanks for any help you can provide.

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    Re: Can my mini laptop handle Windows 8 and Ubuntu

    If you dual boot, you are not running at same time, unless you install in a Virtual memory configuration.

    My 7 year old laptop is dual core 1.66GHz with 1.5GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. Of course it originally had/has XP but I shrunk it and now do not boot it normally.

    I have full Ubuntu but with only 1.5GB of RAM do not use Unity but gnome-fallback with the 64 bit 12.04LTS. If I load several large apps at once I see it turn grey for a second so I know it is using swap. But normal web browsing with a couple of smaller apps it still works well.

    So with 4GB of RAM you should be able to run Ubuntu. You can download and run in live mode from USB flash drive. If you want you can test the various flavors to see what you like. It is a bit slower from flash loading and even slower from DVD, but once apps are loaded into memory they are cached so it runs reasonably well from live version.

    Is this a UEFI system, pre-installed Windows 8 are. You will need to follow link in my signature and review the install links.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Thinking of installing Ubuntu but not sure if laptop can take it

    It can probably do it, but depending on the CPU, it might be better with a flavour of Ubuntu with a lighter desktop environment, Lubuntu or Xubuntu instead of standard Ubuntu or Kubuntu.

    So please specify the CPU to get more precise advice!

    I'm not sure about Windows 8. It might be better with Windows 7.

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    Re: Thinking of installing Ubuntu but not sure if laptop can take it

    Threads merged. Please don't create more than one thread for the same or similar questions.

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    Re: Thinking of installing Ubuntu but not sure if laptop can take it

    I would suggest a lighter desktop. My netbook, is older (3 years old and running Windows 7), but it didnt like Ubuntu all that well. I tried a lighter desktop, Lubuntu, and it runs great.

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    Re: Can my mini laptop handle Windows 8 and Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by don16 View Post
    Hi,

    I'm, sorry if I'm in the wrong section.

    I have Windows 8 on my laptop (a net-book) and I want to try Ubuntu because it sounds awesome.

    But I'm worried my laptop won't be able to take it.

    It is a hp net-book.

    1.70 Ghz
    4GB of Ram
    and 500GB of HDD
    It's a 64 bit

    Could that handle both Ubuntu and Windows 8?

    Thanks for any help you can provide.
    You might need ubuntu 64-bit (since windows 8 probably means UEFI), as a side note.

    Other than that, yeah, ubuntu can run (try version 13.04).
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    Re: Thinking of installing Ubuntu but not sure if laptop can take it

    The specs seem fine. Anything powerful enough to run Win8 is capable of running Ubuntu.

    There's one thing though, laptops sometimes have some peculiar hardware. Good Linux drivers aren't always available and if they are, it sometimes takes some effort to get them working. This in contrast to Windows, as hardware manufacturers always supply Windows drivers themselves. Wifi and graphics are most problematic. Best way to check is running the live disk.

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