Hi All, just got my CD of Ubuntu 8.04 this morning.
I've tried out Ubuntu by simply booting to the CD, so am happy so far with the way it all works and want to now go as far as installing it on my laptop. No real probs - everything works (apart from Ubuntu apparently detecting a BIOS bug during loading from CD).
I have an Acer Travelmate 6410 which, as shipped, has the 80Gb hard disk already partitioned into two equal parts. The Winxp Pro installation is, as default, installed on the C: partition.
The way these laptops seem to work is that they don't ship with any system disks. Instead, there is a hidden file on the D: partition which, in the need to restore any system files or drivers, can be accessed from within the windows OS using a restore utility. I do have a CD backup of system files, which I created using the prompts after first use.
My question, as it relates to installing Ubuntu is twofold:
Firstly: If I install Ubuntu from the CD setup, will it automatically find this second D: partition? and will it ask me for any input options before simply installing itself? I obviously don't want a fully automated install if it's going to overwrite my C: partition.
Secondly: Can you tell me whether, by installing onto this otherwise empty D: partition, it might overwrite the hidden file, or whether there are any switches I can use during installation to avoid this? As mentioned above, I have backups of system files, but would prefer to leave WinXP as 'unmolested' as possible.
If there are any format/partition issues, or if this is referred elsewhere, please feel free to point me at info already provided.