Posted 09 July 2006 - 01:17 PM
On the Ubuntu CD's / DVD's (I'm assuming you've downloaded the ISO's from UBuntu) You just install it.
1. In Windows - Disk Clean up
2. Disk Defrag
3. Install Ubuntu (just put the disk in and reboot, although this isn't even necessary, Ubuntu will start the whole process from the windows desktop).
4. Answer the questions
5. Decide whether to let Ubuntu divide the drive up equally, erase everything and just put Ubuntu on, use only free space or manually set the partition perameters.
6. Sit back and relax, everything else is pretty much auto from there.
7. Pay attention at reboot, you now have a new boot loader called "Lilo" select whatever OS you want and go to town. By default, Ubuntu is 1st, followed by about 3 or 4 options, then it has a section called other OS's, Windows will be listed there, at the bottom, where it belongs.It's an interactive text interface, use the up and down arrows to select your boot each time you fire that puppy up/restart.
Does that sound easy enough for you? It should auto detect all your hardware (well supported hardware anyway (Ubuntu has a page on their site you can check your stuff with, as well as a tool on installation that will check it)). When you start up Ubuntu, you'll find the sound, video and network should all ready have been set up. Some *nix's do this, others require you to tweak the settings a bit.