I have a completely blank, new out the box, hard drive. Can I still use Ubuntu 12.10 on my Laptop?
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Yes you should be able to easily install Ubuntu onto it. Just get a flash drive or CD and put ubuntu ( which you can download here http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop) and insert teh flash drive etc into your laptop and you should be able to downlod it
Yes, you can install Ubuntu.
Ubuntu does not need:
However, since your laptop doesn't currently have an operating system on it, you probably will not be able to use it to download Ubuntu and burn it to a CD/DVD (or write it to a USB flash drive). So you'll have to use another computer for this purpose.
Since you were able to post here on Ask Ubuntu, I am guessing you have access to another computer. Even if you cannot do that on the computer you're currently using (for example, if it's a library/cafe computer with very restrictive policies), most people have a friend, coworker, or other associate who can download Ubuntu and create installation media for them.
We have installation instructions you can use:
Or use the instructions on the Ubuntu website:
There's just one kind of Ubuntu installation that does require a pre-existing operating system installed. A Wubi system requires an existing Windows system. But a normal (non-Wubi) installation is better for most users, and certainly better for anyone who isn't running Windows too on the same computer.