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Finally decided to give ubuntu a go.  I have an older tablet with Vista installed.  Found instructions for installing ubuntu under windows.  The instructions said after installation the installer would restart and offer a selection menu, but I do not get that.  Saw a comment on line that caused me to look at partitioning; I do not see a ubuntu partion; not sure if I should.

This machine has a single physical drive, and C: is nearly sold out, D: has a lot of room, so I told the installer to install ubuntu on D:.  Is that my issue?  If so, I have no problem just wiping all but the smallest Windows OS part from this machine and reinstalling ubuntu.
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by:John Hurst
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Life would be easier by far to use VMware Workstation (or alternate) and install Ubuntu as a virtual machine. It will not make ANY changes to your basic system. I have Ubuntu and a dozen other virtual machines running this way.
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by:Mike Caldwell
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At $250 it is not an option for this.  I just want to learn a bit about Linux.
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by:John Hurst
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You can use VMware Player (Free) and install Ubuntu using that. Networking flexibility is a bit limited but it works and you can see how it all works. Overall much better than dual booting (dead technology in my opinion).
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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have you looked at using oracle virtualbox instead?
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by:jjimen
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I agree with John. I think dual booting is overrated. You can also use  Virtual box and install ubuntu.  https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
Running ubuntu in a virtual environment allows you to go back and forth between Windows and Linux if you ever need to.
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by:Mike Caldwell
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Virtual box looks very promising.  However my C: is down to the last few bytes.  I want to delete D: and get all the space back into C: first, else not enough room to install anything.  I have not used this machine in about nine months, so don't need to preserve anything, just want to have a spare Windows machine for the unknown.  But "delete volume" is greyed out on D:.  I have posted that question elsewhere.  When I can get rid of D:, I'll give Virtual Box a go.
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by:Mike Caldwell
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D: gone; another expert sent me to a free utility that was super easy.  Ubuntu now uninstalled, installing Virtual Box now.  May I install ubuntu using the same windows app, or do I need another source to install it into VB?  This tablet has no CD drive and my USB CD is somewhere in the garage, so hope for an installation that can be done entirely by downloading and installing.
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You can download the  iso image from the ubuntu website and install it from the image. Check this article out http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/virtualbox
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by:Mike Caldwell
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VB installed, and Ubuntu installed, and ISO downloaded.  Ubuntu was "powered off", so clicked "start", now it is asking for a virtual optical drive to boot from.  No idea what to do here; nothing is suggested, just "empty."
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you need to reference the location where the iso image is at, so that you can install ubuntu. when you power on the machine. Look at the step on how to reference the iso image in the link I provided to you. http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/virtualbox  it should be about half ways down the page. It should say something like this "The next thing to do to make the (currently blank) virtual hard drive useful is to add the downloaded Ubuntu disk image (the .iso) boot on your virtual machine. Click on Settings and Storage. Then, under CD/DVD Device, next to Empty, you'll see a little folder icon. Click that."
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by:Mike Caldwell
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I guess ubuntu is not installed; the VB is asking for the optical drive to do the installation.
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by:jjimen
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Correct you need to load the iso image so that when you start the machine it knows to load the image to install ubuntu
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by:Mike Caldwell
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Thanks to all for your patience.  On the road now; watch for new, really stupid Ubuntu Rookie questions!
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@Mike Caldwell  - Thanks for the update and I was happy to help.
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