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I am trying to install Ubuntu on a Sony Vaio model PCG-FX501 . I have created several iso images but they can only be written to a DVD as I use Nero. ( because of the size of the file). Non will install and the install hangs without any error messages . The PC originally had XP professional installed. An attempt at changing partitions managed to completely screw up the XP boot but I have managed to reformat the partition to ntfs and the instal of Ubuntu starts but does not complete. Does the install media have to be a CD and if so how can I achieve it please.

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Have you tried a USB flash drive? You can use Unetbootin, to create. – Mitch Apr 8 '14 at 10:01
Does the computer boot successfully from the DVD? Do you see Ubuntu start up? Technically booting from either a CD or a DVD shouldn't be a problem. – udiboy1209 Apr 8 '14 at 10:09

Please refer to this link for direct installation by creating partition

or this link if you don't want to create partition(i.e.., directly install and uninstall from windows)

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