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I have broken the hard drive in my Acer laptop, so need to reinstall.
I will get a new one, but how can I install Ubuntu? I have a USB with NetBoot on it, but how can I get it to work in the BIOS settings, and boot from it?

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marked as duplicate by Radu Rădeanu, Eric Carvalho, minerz029, BuZZ-dEE, Jorge Castro Jan 21 '14 at 13:32

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To use a netboot install medium (I'm assuming something much like mini.iso?) it'll be necessary to have a wired internet connection. If this isn't feasible, download the desktop USB image and use that for the install. Frankly I'd suggest doing that anyway, as it's rather more user-friendly.

As for the actual process: Ensure the laptop can boot from USB. Install the new hard drive. Insert the bootable USB. Power the machine on and access the boot device selection part of the BIOS menu. Choose to boot from the USB stick. Install as per the instructions. That ought to be enough, but for more specific advice do come back here!

The normal Ubuntu download page (and the best place to get a desktop image) is here, and instructions on its use can be found here

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Very good, but a download link, and some instructions are always helpful.... – Wilf Jan 20 '14 at 17:40
@wilf True enough. Thanks. I've edited them in. – Darael Jan 20 '14 at 18:46

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