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After many requests for this information, I have drafted this general guide to help.

Important Information

Important points to note about this guide:

  • I use an Ubuntu Live CD to install the OS. You can download Ubuntu here.
  • I assume that you are installing only one OS: Ubuntu. Multi-boot guide coming soon...
  • This guide assumes a "clean" installation. Ensure that you backup all of your important files (documents, music, etc) to CD/DVD/another hard drive before following these steps.
  • All data will be lost using this guide exactly as written!
Shall we begin?
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1) Shall we begin?: (Image 1.1)

After configuring the system to boot from a CD, the Ubuntu 9.10 Menu Language Selection screen appears.

Select your language of choice. Here, I picked English.

Selection Screen
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2) Selection Screen: (Image 1.2)

This selection screen offers several choices:

  • Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer - This selection will boot the Live CD and completely run the OS only from that CD. A perfect choice for those that just want to check out Linux or Ubuntu and not completely destroy data on their system.
  • Install Ubuntu - This is the selection that I will be using. Warning: This will format the storage device you select later and remove all data from the system.
  • Check disk for defects - A good option if this is your first time running the Live CD to ensure that all data was burned properly.
  • Test memory - This test uses Memtest86+ v2.11 to check your memory. The check will take a long time (sometimes hours), depending on the system performance and amount of memory installed. If you desire to test your memory, you should download the latest version of Memtest86+ and boot off of that CD instead. The latest version as of this writing is 4.0 (September 22, 2009).

Make your choice by using the down arrow key and hitting enter.

Language Selection
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3) Language Selection: (Image 1.3)

After selecting Install Ubuntu in the previous step, the Ubuntu logo fades different colors while the install routine is loaded.

The first options you will come across are selections for Install Language.

Make your selection on the left and press the Forward button.

Time Zone
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4) Time Zone: (Image 1.4)

After a quick check for NTP access to sync the system clock from the internet, the time zone selection screen appears. Use the pull down menus to make your selection. Here, I picked United States and Pacific.

After selecting your time zone, press the Forward button.

Keyboard Layout
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5) Keyboard Layout: (Image 1.5)

The keyboard Suggested Option: USA is already selected for me.

If you wish to change the default, select Choose your own: In either case, press the Forward button to continue installation.

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