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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2010

    Ubuntu 11.10 amd64 on Dell Latitude D630 dual boot

    UBUNTU 11.10
    On Dell Latitude D630, side by side with Windows.

    Hi all,
    I am a dumb newbie who wanted to stop using windows.
    And I did. Two years ago. And it was easy!
    Ok, let's get started:

    A. Preparation
    1. Download the new Ubuntu at:

    2. Get an empty USB. It must have at least 2 GB.

    3. If you have an older Ubuntu and want to get rid of it first, click here:

    B. Making the installation USB
    1. Format the USB:
    My Computer - Right-Click on the USB – Format
    (make sure you choose filesystem fat32 or fat16)

    2. Download the program that prepares the USB:

    3.Put Ubuntu on the USB:
    Open Universal-USB-Installer- (the program we've just downloaded)
    In the next window:
    In “Step 1” choose Ubuntu 11.10;
    In “Step 2” browse and find the Ubuntu file (for example: ubuntu-11.10-desktop-amd64.iso)
    In “Step 3” choose your empty USB.

    C. Partitioning the Hard Drive, using Partition Magic
    If you've never done it, click here:

    D. Installing Ubuntu
    1. Restart the computer.

    2. Boot from USB:
    Press F12 at startup - then choose “‫Boot from Usb‬‬”.
    If you don't have that option, here's a quick and easy howto:

    3. Start Ubuntu and Install:
    Click “Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer”. This allows you to have a quick look around. When you're ready, click the icon on the desktop and go through the installation.

    Don't forget:
    Make sure to install alongside windows!
    Also, in the window, “Preparing to installUbuntu”, check “download updates while installing” and “install this third party software”. This will allow you to play media files.

    Optional Steps:

    E. Getting updates:
    in Terminal type:
    sudo apt-get update

    Where is Terminal?
    Dash Home (first icon on the left sidebar) – type “Terminal” - click Terminal

    F. Installing the Restricted Extras:
    (if you didn't do so at installation). This gets your mp3 and videos working.
    In Terminal type:
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

    (Use the Tab key to click on the <ok>)

    I Setting the Wifi:
    I had many problems with my wifi. My wireless card is Broadcom. One of these always works:
    1. Plug to cabled internet. Then:
    System Settings (on the left sidebar) - Additional drivers – choose driver – activate

    2. Plug to cabled interne. (If you tried the previous, go back and deactivate it). Then:
    In Terminal type:
    sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

    J. Get Hebrew (or other languages):
    1. To install Hebrew:
    System Settings - Keyboard Layout - “+”

    2. To be able to change from English to Hebrew:
    System Settings - Keyboard Layout - Options - Key(s) to change layout

    3. For Language support
    System Settings - Language Support - Install/Remove Languages – choose your language

    K. Get WINE
    Wine” allows Linux to run Windows programs.
    In Terminal type:
    sudo apt-get install wine

    After this you can open programs by right clicking and opening with wine.

    L. Installing additional programs: For example “Skype”
    1. Finding the program we want:
    open “Ubuntu Software Center” (the magic suitcase on the left sidebar) – type “skype”

    2. Choose from the list and install.

    This is the best way to install programs. If you don't find what you want: find a “.deb” file, then right click and open it with the Ubuntu Software Center.
    Alternatively find a tutorial that begins with “sudo apt-get install”

    More info:
    I found the following tutorial helpful:

    My other LinuxTutorials:
    1. Instaling Ubuntu 9.10 on Dell Latitude 630:
    2. Hebrew language pack for Openoffice:
    3. Hebrew on ubuntu 10.10:
    4. Hebrew instructions for those who just want to use Ubuntu to save files on a dead computer.
    5. How to get rid of Ubuntu:
    6. Let's talk about Partitions

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    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin



    I'd also mention the shortcuts (ex: ctrl+alt+T for terminal) and the wine tricks stuff to properly configure it

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    Join Date
    Jan 2010


    A few of my hyperlinks got closed: The important ones are erasing a linux partition, to reinstall fresh, and a quick explanation about partitions.
    If you know any good instructions for partitions that are already threading, could you maybe add them here? I really want to help people join the community. I want it to be easy.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2010

    Re: Ubuntu 11.10 amd64 on Dell Latitude D630 dual boot

    For those who just want to try Linux....
    Because it's just so much better:

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