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Download the ISO image from the Ubuntu download page and burn it to a blank CD. There are different images you can install, depending on whether you are running a desktop or server or processor you have installed (i.e., Intel x86, PowerPC, or AMD64). For most home computers, you can install the PC desktop version since it supports most machines.

Turn on your computer and insert the newly created Ubuntu CD. On some computers, you may need to press F2 or Esc during the BIOS startup so that it will boot from the CD-ROM drive instead of the hard drive.

Once you see the Ubuntu menu, select Start or install Ubuntu and press Enter. Ubuntu will then start up the X window. When you see the Ubuntu Desktop, double-click on the Install icon.

When you see the Welcome window screen, click the Forward button. If you don”t see the Cancel or Forward button on your screen, press Alt-F7. The cursor should change from an arrow to a hand.

You can now move the Welcome screen with your mouse. Move the Welcome screen up a little until you can see the Cancel or Forward button. Specify the appropriate language and click the Forward button.

When you see the time zone screen, specify your time zone and click the Forward button.

When you see the keyboard layout screen, specify your keyboard and click the Forward button.

When you are prompted to create a user account, specify an account that will be used as the administrator so that you can log in to your computer. You can create more users after the installation. You are also prompted to create the computer name of your computer. Click the Forward button.

When you are prompted to partition the disk, specify to Manually edit the partition table and click the Forward button. How you partition your disk is a personal choice and depends on the purpose of the computer.

For example, if you have a 200GB hard drive, you can create a separate swap partition (e.g., 2GB), a separate / root partition (e.g., 20GB), and the remaining partition for the /home partition (e.g.,178GB).

With this configuration, you can reinstall the whole system without moving your personal data to another location. Once again, your disk configuration may vary depending on your preference. Click the Forward button.

When you are prompted for the mount points, select the partitions you specified earlier. For example, 2GB for the swap partition, 20GB for the / root partition, and 178GB for the /home partition. Click the Forward button.

When you are prompted to verify the disk configuration, click the Install button. The installation program will now start to install the operating system.

When the installation has been completed, click the Install Now button to restart your computer. Remove your Ubuntu CD when prompted.

Install Video Driver

At the login screen, enter the username and password that you created earlier during the setup process. When you see the desktop, click on Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal to start the terminal session. At the prompt, enter the following command:

sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Add the following lines to the end of the file:

Section “Extensions”
Option “Composite” “Disable”

Run the following commands to install the video driver:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install linux-restricted-modules-$(uname -r)
sudo apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx
sudo depmod -a

To configure the driver, run the command:

sudo aticonfig –initial
sudo aticonfig –overlay-type=Xv

Finish the installation by restarting your computer. To install the video driver manually, you can refer to the Ubuntu Edgy Installation Guide.

Enable Extra Repositories

Modify the location of Ubuntu”s repositories by modifying the sources.list file using the following command:

sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list_backup
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Delete all the contents of this file and replace it with the following:

## Uncomment the following two lines to fetch updated software from the network
deb edgy main restricted
deb-src edgy main restricted

## Uncomment the following two lines to fetch major bug fix updates produced
## after the final release of the distribution.
deb edgy-updates main restricted
deb-src edgy-updates main restricted

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the ”universe”
## repository.
## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
## universe WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security
## team.
deb edgy universe
deb-src edgy universe

deb edgy-security main restricted
deb-src edgy-security main restricted

deb edgy-security universe
deb-src edgy-security universe

deb edgy multiverse
deb-src edgy multiverse

deb edgy-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb edgy-commercial main

#deb edgy free non-free
#deb-src edgy free non-free

After you save the file, run the following command to update the repository:

sudo aptitude update

Configure Wireless Settings (if Using Wireless Card)

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