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If I install linux on my computer on which current OS is Windows XP will I have crash or non compatibility problems?

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No. When you install it

No. When you install it will be on separate partitions completely independent of Windows. You can leave Windows on your computer and then install a GNU/Linux flavor like Ubuntu or Fedora which can resize your existing Windows partition, leaving room for your GNU/Linux and then install there. It will then, whenever you boot, ask you if you want to enter Linux or Windows.

If you need help with the installation just ask.

There is also a way to install Ubuntu directly from Windows (which still wont cause compatibility problems), using Wubi. Smiling This is a way to try it out quickly and easily.

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Help please ok, so I have

Help please
ok, so I have installed Wubi,
but do not know how to get in. I get command prompts, but have not dealt with these since high school.
Now what do I do. Also when the test appears on the screen I cannot see some of it, it is off to the side and unreadable. Will adjusting screen resolution in windows fix this problem?

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It shouldn't be a command

It shouldn't be a command prompt actually, but rather a menu from which you can choose if you want to enter Ubuntu or Windows, although it does remind a little of command prompt because the style is similar (white text on black). If you're actually getting a menu try using up and down keys to select between Windows and Ubuntu.

This might also help: http://wubi-installer.org/faq.php

If you really are getting a command prompt then something must be wrong. Unfortunately I haven't tried Wubi myself, just heard it's a potentially very easy way to try Ubuntu, unless something goes wrong. :S

About the "test", what do you mean? What does it say? The more you describe what you see the better we can help you. Smiling

I doubt though that setting Windows resolution would have any effect on the prompt screens. You might want to try to adjust your monitor on those.

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OK lets start

OK lets start
for problem fix first I was using my 32 inch TV as a monitor and this is the reason why I was not seeing the full screen. Resolution did not help as you said, so I switched back to monitor and now I can see all of the words. Sure gives more options.
so here is what I see although my problem has not been resolved.
Screen 1
find--set--root--ignore-floppies/ubuntu/install/boot/grub/menu.lst
Error 15 file not found
Press any key to continue

Screen 2
Grub4 005 0.4.3 2008-04-23 memory 639k/510m code end:0x412EO
find/ubuntu/disks/boot/grub/menu.lst
find/ubuntu/install/grub/menu.lst
find/menu.lst
find/boot/grub/menu.lst
find/grub/menu.lst
command

The "test" I spoke of previously was a typo I meant text

Whenever I choose any of the options above I get a "press any key to continue" or a get "bad command" responses

Thanks for your help and your time
sorry I sound so elementary but am trying to learn this process and hope to get efficient at it

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I have a very limited

I have a very limited history with Wubi. I've used it once or twice, had a few issues, but otherwise, I'm inexperienced. Please take that under consideration.

First, you can still boot to Windows, correct? I assume that's how your posting to the forum.

Second, how did you install? Did you download the Wubi installer, and let it download the Ubuntu installation CD itself? Did you download the Hardy CD and install Wubi from there?

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Yes I can still boot to

Yes I can still boot to windows.
I downloaded the Wubi installer and then let it install itself.
When the computer boots I have the option of choosing the operating system and when I choose Ubuntu the above is what happens.
Being unsuccessful with that I reboot to Windows, and come here to ask for help.

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Well , I solved the problem

Well , I solved the problem on my own.
Wubi had installed to my external hard drive. So I uninstalled there and reinstalled to the C drive and... problem solved. But Thanks to all who were interested and attempted to help.

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Sorry I wasn't around for a

Sorry I wasn't around for a fast response. After asking the questions we had some severe weather, and ended up having tornadoes. No Internet all night. Being IT, there was much work to be done on our network. Sad

I'm very glad you got it going! I hope you have a pleasant experience, and hope you stick around, both here, and to freedomware as a whole. Laughing out loud

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Hey no problem, I truly

Hey no problem, I truly mean Thanks.
Sometimes the best way to learn is to be inspired to tackle things with help in the background.
Very sorry to hear about the tornadoes. Pray all is well with you and yours.
I am sure that I may request help in the future.
It is nice being part of a network that actually has real people to help should a problem arise.

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nursefh2 wrote:

Sometimes the best way to learn is to be inspired to tackle things with help in the background.

Lord Baden-Powell would have called that "learning by doing", which is always the best way to learn ;-)

It's good to see you got Ubuntu working :-)

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Great to see you solved it.

Great to see you solved it. Smiling Feel free to ask if you need help with anything specifically on Ubuntu or if you'd like to install Ubuntu without Wubi, to independent partitions, or even try another distro. Smiling

Cheers

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Thanks for your

Thanks for your comment
much appreciated

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Still learning this one. It

Still learning this one.
It is nice though.
All of those annoying windows problem every time I tried to do ANYTHING.. all gone.
Computer runs quieter, and things happen faster.
Thanks to all who created and share!!

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Indeed. I'm really glad you

Indeed. I'm really glad you like what you see, although I gotta say I'm not surprised. You should've seen Vista in comparison (or rather.. don't bother Eye ). GNU/Linux is just better. Not perfect, but better in many ways (which you're now discovering Smiling ).

Enjoy.

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Oh, I have seen vista, and

Oh, I have seen vista, and I know the headaches associated with it.
I have a lap top with vista. It is currently sitting in my closet waiting for me to de-bug it also.
Let's see, between my desk-top and lap-top I have spent many hours debugging after crashes. This is what I am trying to prevent with Linux. I am no computer genius but have learned more than the average person, since I refuse to take my computer in and pay hundreds to have my drives wiped in order to fix a problem.

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My notebook also came with

My notebook also came with Vista. It just lived long enough to create the set of recovery-discs and then it was wiped off.
I think it was a really good idea, and as I don't need Windows on the notebook these discs are happily collecting dust...

You should think about if you need Windows on your notebook. If you don't I don't see the point of keeping it in the closet waiting for you to debug it, wipe it, install the OS of your choice and get going.
Even if you need Windows on it, you still have the option of resizing your partitions to make some room for the OS of your choice. That way you can start using the notebook and Windows can still keep on waiting to be debugged...

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