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    Dual-Boot Installation

    I'm trying to dual boot Ubuntu 10.04 with Windows XP on my computer. I have 3 internal hard drives; C: (Windows) D: (Storage) and E: (Hopefully Ubuntu). I recently got a book for Christmas that talks all about the OS and it came with a CD that supposedly has the Ubuntu Install on it. I have tried to boot from the CD, but that does not work for some odd reason. And, yes, I did change the BIOS settings. I've tried downloading Ubuntu from the Internet but the download stops. Same thing happened when I tried to install from the CD. I don't understand why they would have an Install CD then make me download the OS anyways... I've tried a number of things, but if anyone could help me, it would be much appreciated!

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    Re: Dual-Boot Installation

    how to prepare your hdd:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...28&postcount=2

    where to get ubuntu:

    http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

    when burning it, always choose the slowest speed

    and more help following the links below

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    Re: Dual-Boot Installation

    dino's links are good.

    Another with screen shots of the install process with tons of detail.

    Installing Ubuntu in Hard Disk Two (or more) internal or external
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~herman546/p24.html

    Basics of partitions:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DualBoot/Partitions
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowtoPartition

    GParted partitioning software - Full tutorial
    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/gparted.html
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: Dual-Boot Installation

    Put the live cd in the drive, and press esc.
    Use this guide to help you:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions
    I recommend trying acpi=off on your live cd
    If that works, type pci=noacpi while your selection is highlighted.

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    Re: Dual-Boot Installation

    Okay, thanks for all the good help everybody! I'm still not entirely sure what I need to do, though. Do I really need to partition the drive even though it's empty? Can I just burn the .iso file to a CD using Nero Express then install it from there?

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    Re: Dual-Boot Installation

    Dont get scared - just follow the links provided and you will be fine. And to answer your question, yes, you do need to partition the drive even though its empty Linux usually needs at least 2 partitions: root partition, marked as slash symbol '/', and swap area, which is usually ~2x your system RAM.

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