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WOW! Great site but as my log in says "help needed" I can barely figure out how to get around on this site.
I really need some help with computer experts.
I bought some computers from a local college auction, 3, for my children and husband. I don't know what was on them but I am pretty
sure they were wiped. A friend came over and installed Windows XP but they needed registration.
I let it run out of time and now it seems as if my computers are locked. Now the only thing I can access is
product registration which I can't get online with those computers, to do. I would like to get rid of Windows
and install ubuntu but the only thing I can get to is F8. Is there any way to restore my computer?
Remember that I can't access any of the normal functions through Windows like start, run, system restore.
Thanks so much in advance. Hopefully there is a solution.
Please be kind with your responses. I was trying to do something special for my kids as I can't afford
a whole lot.
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You can download the CD from the Ubuntu site.
HERE: http://www.ubuntu.co.../desktopedition

If there isn't any important data on the hard drives you can simply download the CD and burn it.
Then boot from the CD and you can install Ubuntu.
Don't forget to format your Hard Drives before you do so.

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Thank you! I am downloading Ubuntu right now. How do I format the hard drives?
Please remember I am still only able to access F8 on the computers.
Thanks again!
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Well, it won't work. I put Ubuntu on a CD but the computer won't recognize it in
the drive. It just goes right back to the Windows screen.
Any suggestions?
Thanks again!
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When you boot from the Ubuntu CD I think (not 100% sure) you get the option to format the drive before making partitions.

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Make sure the BIOS reads the CD before it reads the Hard Drive.
Press Del at when the PC starts and change the Boot Order with the CD in the first choice.

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Thank you so much for staying with me on this one.
It says that my ATAPI CDROM is Disabled. Do I need
to enable it and if so how?
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Did you burn the iso image to the CD to make it bootable, or did you just copy it?

https://help.ubuntu....BurningIsoHowto
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No, I just copied it.
Thanks for the link. I;ll follow those directions.
This may take a while so if you don't mind checking back in I would
truly appreciate it!
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Ok. I made the disc and UBUNTU did come up. Problem-This sentence came up:
This kernel requires an x86-64 CPU but only detected an i586 CPU.
Unable to boot-please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU.
What does that mean and do you have any suggestions?
Thanks again for all your assistance.
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Did you choose the download for the computer you have?
There are 2 choices. Standard personal computer or 64 bit.

http://www.ubuntu.co...ubuntu/download
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I can't remember which one I downloaded because I did it a week ago.
What is the difference? I probably should have chosen personal
computer but I do know that my computer has Intel.
Which do I choose?
Thanks!
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Try the following link.
http://mirror.csclub...esktop-i386.iso

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OUTSTANDING!!!!
Super it works!!!
You all are super geniuses!
I hope that you are truly blessed for helping me out.
Thanks for making my day and saving me lots of money!
Sherri
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