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I have an older Toshiba laptop (about 6 years old) formatted for SUSE 11.2 and Windows XP for dual boot. I want to reformat the hard drive and to install Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS as the sole operating system. I have an open USB port. I can also use a USB flash drive to load the Ubuntu installation files to either current hard disk partition. I can also use a portable hard disk as the source for installation files. Finally, I could make a DVD which I think the laptop could read. (It will certainly read CDs, but I'm not totally sure about DVDs.)

What should I do?

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I have a Dell Latitude D610 laptop that is old, and what worked for me was a disc. I downloaded the 32 bit ubuntu from the ubuntu website, and then I burned it to a blank 700mb disc. You want to make shore that the boot sequence is set to boot from cd. After this it is pretty self explaining.

Take care...

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First of all, you need to download the ISO file from the Ubuntu website. If you are not sure if your drive will read DVD, make a bootable USB to install Ubuntu – the ISO image won’t fit in a CD.

To make a bootable USB you can follow the instructions for Windows here, or use Netbootin on Linux (I’m not sure about OpenSUSE repositories). If you had another Ubuntu system near you, it would be just easy for you with Ubuntu pre-installed Startup Disk Creator.

In the installation process, select Something Else.

I recommend you to have a separate home partition, so delete all partitions except the SWAP, then make an at least 15-20GB one for ext4 File System and select / for its mount point. The rest can be your home partition, so format it to ext4 and select /home for its mount point.

That’s it! Now you can click on the install button.

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