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Just ran through 1-7 steps on this download and install procedure http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/install-ubuntu-with-windows only to fall flat at Step 7.

Computer, a Compaq 6910p laptop running Windows XP, throws up a Boot Manager with only "Windows" and "System Restore" as options, no sign of "Ubuntu".

Is my laptop and software too old for all this or have I missed something?

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Just a reference, this is the Wubi installer you're using. –  Thomas W. Apr 9 '13 at 16:11
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I would recommend installing through live cd/usb not wubi. It will save you quite some time and some problems. (& remember no laptop is too old for running ubuntu) –  Ashu Apr 9 '13 at 16:31
    
Thanks Ashu - I'll try that. –  Patrick Apr 9 '13 at 17:22
    
It would be useful to try a live cd/usb session (as Ashu suggested). Just make sure you have enough RAM memory (512 MB or more is recommended). You can check the minimum requirements –  Alex Apr 9 '13 at 17:41
    
Re. the wubi issue, sometimes the problem is an unusually formatted C:\boot.ini. I'd try the standalone first, but if you want help with the Wubi part, edit your question and include the boot.ini file. –  bcbc Apr 9 '13 at 18:05

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Based on the specs as reviewed here (which may not match your particular system) you should have no problem running Ubuntu. For maximum performance you may want to consider the lighter versions Lubuntu or Xubuntu. Here's a by no means exhaustive rundown of system requirements ranging from heaviest to lightest so that you can choose the best flavor for you!

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Lubuntu

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You may also wish to review this (had I found it earlier I could have saved some time). askubuntu.com/questions/333795/… –  Elder Geek Jun 24 at 18:40

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