Ubuntu disk won't work. Can I wipe the hard drive?

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I am trying to download ubuntu on my daughters computer. It will not load. States that there are driver issues. She does not have the original restore disk for Vista. Can we wipe the hard drive and then download Ubuntu? Any suggestions would help.
Thanks Debbie

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Vikram Dhillon (dhillon-v10) said :
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Alright give us some more info. what do mean by the fact that it will
not load, and what driver issues are you having. You can wipe the
entire hard-drive using Ubuntu, once you start installing it, choose
the guided installation -> use the entire hard disk and that's all :)

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On Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 3:26 PM, mason5
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> New question #98544 on yelp in ubuntu:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/yelp/+question/98544
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> I am trying to download ubuntu on my daughters computer. It will not load. States that there are driver issues.  She does not have the original restore disk for Vista. Can we wipe the hard drive and then download Ubuntu?  Any suggestions would help.
> Thanks Debbie
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M. Parchem (mparchem) said :
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It would be better to download and burn Ubuntu to a CD on another computer and / or order the ready made CD. Wiping a hard drive is rather severe and you will have to reload Vista if you ever want to use it again. Make sure you use high capacity CD (700 MB or better) and burn it at the slower rate. I order the ready CD and it came in 2 weeks even though they say 5 or more weeks.

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mason5 (debmas5) said :
#3

I shut down the conmputer with the ubuntu disk in the drive. It starts to read the disk, then starts vista again? I have tried 3 new ubuntu disks, one by my son who is using ubuntu, one by my daughter who is using vista and one by me using ubuntu. I tried to start up with this disk 3 x , my daughter tried 3 x...

The message states that there are drivers that are not updated...Is this a reason for the disk not to read the ubuntu disk?

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GREG T. (ubuntuer) said :
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you need to set it to boot from cd befor restarting...

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Best delance (olivier-delance) said :
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When you boot the computer, you have to enter a F-key (I don't which one, on my computer it is F8) immediatly to go to BIOS page, where you can change boot order. You must place CD-ROM before hard disk.
N.B.:on some computer, a second F-key give direct access to boot order.

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mason5 (debmas5) said :
#6

Thanks delance, that solved my question.