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I am always confused whether to use Ubuntu/Win. This time as my HDD had some factory problems, Lenovo replace it for free. So, I have a fresh new HDD on which I would like to use Ubuntu (I did have some hands-on experience on Ubuntu for 1 yr).

But I am worried whether the special features of lenovo would work in it as I didn't get drivers for Linux when I brought my laptop. Neither they are present in the website.

I use Lenovo G570.

  1. Does the one key recovery system work in Ubuntu and how do I install it?
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On a N586, I have just installed 12.10 alongside Windows 7 and kept the OKR working. I did not find an exact how-to anywhere on line, so did it my way. It worked (so far !). You need to be comfortable repartitioning.

Problem is that Lenonv uses 4 primary partitions for their Windows 7 install. Solution is to turn the main Windows_OS partition C: into a logical one - this works because Windows actually boots from the 200MB SYSTEM partition which is still primary. Then you can shrink the C: drive and run the Ubuntu install which will use the remaining space. I contemplated making the D: drive logical as well, but was not sure if OKR would get upset. Seems simple but it took ages to make it happen.

I have Windows 7, Ubuntu and OKR all working.

Some specifics:

  1. Make rescue disk and full recovery disk set first! Most folks recommend two copies, just in case.

  2. I used a bootable partitioning tool (GParted) to re-characterize the Windows_OS space

  3. Then back into Windows to use the Disk Management tool to shrink the windows partition (hint: defragment it first to shift some files down)

  4. Then run Ubuntu install. You could manually partition, but I tried the "install alongside...." option and it worked a dream

As for hardware compatibility, the only thing I'm struggling with is the internal microphone. Everything else seems to work out of the box.

Good luck!

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