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I was just wondering as to how I can setup Ubantu on a P3 computer with 512 MB Ram, a floppy drive and a cd drive. The cd drive doesn't boot automatically on this system so I am going to have to use a floppy disk to get access to the cd drive so that I can run the installation of ubantu on that machine.

I used that procedure when I installed Windows 2000 on the machine and that worked with that. I've decided that what I'm going to do is wipe that drive and install Ubantu on that machine so that I can use a new printer that I am going to buy.

I have to use Ubantu or some other form of Linux on that machine with the new printer because HP doesn't make a driver for Windows 2000. I'll need to test and use the printer after I get it, but because I have to exchange my 64 bit AMD motherboard I'm going to be limited for close to 2 weeks as I have to wait for Tiger Direct and UPS to ship the old board back to them and then for them to ship me the replacement board.
 

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I was just reading something in another thread about Ubantu and it's making me wonder if I would even need to do the floppy disk thing.

Could I install Ubantu through Windows 2000 on that same machine or do I need to completely wipe the drive of Windows 2000 and do a clean install as if I were installing Windows 2000, but only with Ubantu?

I'm a little confused as to what the best way is to get Ubantu installed on that machine so that I can use it on that machine just like I would with Windows.

I've never used any version of Linux before so this is all new to me at the moment.
 

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Hi,
I think you might be thinking of Wubi (Windows Ubuntu Installer) that installs Ubuntu within Windows and does not require you to partition your hard drive. It's a good intro to Ubuntu and is easy to uninstall from within Windows through add/remove programmes.
The downside is that if you like Ubuntu & you have it as a Wubi install it's quite tricky to migrate all the personalisations you've made to either a 'full' install or a dual boot with Windows. You often have to start from a clean install - but that's not a great problem.

Info about Wubi: http://wubi.sourceforge.net/

Hope this helps?

Richard
 

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The cd drive doesn't boot automatically
Why not? What is the boot order? Older systems seemed to always come with the optical drive being after the floppy and hard drive. Have you changed to put it before the hard drive?
 

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I tried to install it on a Western Digital 500 GB external hard drive and it acted like it installed, but when I tried to boot the system with that drive it wouldn't load the operating system.

I'm not sure as to why either at the moment. Anyone got any ideas as to why this might have happened.
 

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check/change the boot order in bios,
you won't be able to boot from usb on a pentium III most likely &
will have to install on the main hdd
I done a few of these kinds of installs, & ended up with decent surfing/email kind of boxes, video can be a little problematic
HP printers have been plug n play in my experience, I have a 4480 myself
 
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