bare with me on this as i am a ‘linux virgin’
i downloaded the 32 bit version of ubuntu as i would be using it on my XP desktop (this is not connected to the net) i burned it to cd
but no matter what i did i could not get it to run from cd i changed the ‘first boot’ in the bios but no luck i even tried it in another desktop i have.
so while in XP and the ubuntu cd still in the tray i right clicked it, in ‘my computer’ and mounted it (i have a virtual drive) i right clicked this drive and saw a few options, again to run it from cd or to install i tried again to run it from cd but no luck so i installed it .
so now i have it installed and running, i went to ‘terminal’ there was a line already there saying ‘andy@ubuntu:~s’ so i typed after that ‘sudo gparted’ a line appeared saying ‘sudo: gparted:command not found’, so i just typed ‘gparted’ and got a message ‘gparted is currently not installed’
it also told me what to type to get it, i did that but was given the message ‘E. couldnt find package gparted’
my next step was to open ‘computer file browser,’ along the top of this window i clicked on 'browse all local and remote disks and folders accessible from this computer (icon: pc screen) a saw a window with a few icons on so i switched off then on again my docking station with the corrupted hd in, and an icon appeared saying ‘generic storage device’ i right clicked on it and chose ‘open’ but nothing happened.
i inserted a usb memory stick to see if i could open that and that opened ok.
i then looked in ‘disk utility’ and found the corrupted hd but nothing there to browse it.
so i dont really know what to do next, do you think this means the data cannot be saved…[/QUOTE]
The 32b vs 64b is dependent on your CPU capabilities, not the windows version, because Linux is a complete OS, which is a freeware alternative/replacement OS to the non-free Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/W7 OS’s. 32bit version is guaranteed to work on all modern CPU’s though, so it’s fine - if you intend to use it on a permanent basis, the 64b OS is probably a better choice.
When you burn the ISO, you must burn it as a “disc image” so that the information inside the ISO file is written to the CD (basically written raw), with the ISO image’s internal structure written as the final CD structure.
It appears that you have burnt it as a Data File to the CD with a Data CD Structure (the usual way you’d write Data files to a CD), rather than as an ISO image.
That aside, you have ubuntu installed on your machine, I’m hoping it’s Version 10, and not version 11, because version 11 is totally whacked.
On the top menu, click “System” -> “Administration” -> “GParted”.
If it complains that it’s not installed, or it’s not present in the menu, then you can install it via “System” -> “Administration” -> “Synaptic Package Manager”, but you may require internet access, and or a properly burned CD.
I know that the Ubuntu v10.4 LiveCD has it in the (temporary) LIVE environment - I have ubuntu live v10.04 running on the laptop beside me - so the package IS available on the CD - but the CD needs to burnt correctly as a Disc Image, not as a data file.
When the Synaptic Package Manager Window is up:
Type “gparted” into the search bar, then click search.
Tick gparted. & Then click “Apply” at the top/middle.
It will likely ask you if you want to install dependencies - just say OK/yes.
Then you should be good to go, with the above instructions.