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Thread: Installing on a system with no OS

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    Installing on a system with no OS

    I'm trying to install Xubuntu on a HP Pavilion notebook. the computer used to run XP, but doesn't anymore.
    The disc works properly on another machine running XP, but when I put the disk into the blank HP, I just get the "Missing OS" scren.
    how do I install on this?

    thanks so much,
    -Adam

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    Re: Installing on a system with no OS

    Hi, try using the LiveCD to edit the partitions.

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    Re: Installing on a system with no OS

    ok.
    what is that?
    sorry/thanks
    -adam

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    Re: Installing on a system with no OS

    you need to go into the BIOS setup and change the boot sequence to boot from CD first. it will then load the xubuntu cd for install.
    friends don't let friends use windows.

    installed ubuntu on 7 computers and going up

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    Re: Installing on a system with no OS

    insert the ubuntu live cd, and make sure to boot from the cd and not from the HD. You may have to change the first boot device in the bios, or maybe you can select it at start pressing a key.

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    Re: Installing on a system with no OS

    The computer is set up to boot from the cd, but it still doesn't work.
    could someone post a link to the "liveCD" download. I am confused what the difference between that and the desktop CD is.

    -Adam

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    Re: Installing on a system with no OS

    The Desktop CD is the LiveCD they're talking about. Are you sure the disc is burned right? Did you burn the image to the disc or did you copy it? Besudes, the laptop must be set to boot from CD _before_ HD. That's all I could think of in 30 seconds. Good luck!
    May the Source be with you.

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    Re: Installing on a system with no OS

    If you have already gone into the BIOS and changed to boot from CD then my first initial thought is did you burn the Ubuntu ISO file or just copy it to a CD? The easy way to check this is to insert the CD into another computer and if a Ubuntu CD Menu appears than you know you burned the ISO.

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    Re: Installing on a system with no OS

    and if you burned the ISO,did you burn at a slow speed(4x approx) and did you md5sum the ISO before burning.

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    Re: Installing on a system with no OS

    i burned it to a DVD at "highest speed possible"
    Disk utility wouldn't fit it on a CD (I'm using a mac to burn it, but the disc is for a PC)

    I'll try doing a slower speed, and hashing.

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