First things first, I already have a partition to install Ubuntu on. The laptop is a Toshiba Equium A210-1AS with Vista and Windows 8.1. I want to take 8.1 off and install Ubuntu instead. I know how to install Ubuntu so that's all good. Now to the question. Will I have to worry about drivers?

  • Delete the partition you want to use for Ubuntu and keep that space unallocated. Ubuntu install will find it and create the partitions it needs. Ubuntu cannot install in NTFS and other partition formats used by Windows. – user68186 Feb 21 '14 at 22:19
  • When I say drivers, I mean things like wireless card, display driver, etc... – user250889 Feb 21 '14 at 22:22
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    No. Ubuntu has most drivers built-in into the Linux kernel. There are some hardware with no open source drivers. There is an app that comes with Ubuntu that will download and install those drivers if you need them. To verify that everything in your system works with Ubuntu, boot from the Live DVD/USB and choose Try Ubuntu without Installing If everything works, you don't need any drivers. – user68186 Feb 21 '14 at 22:26
  • I agree with the above. The best way to test Ubuntu's hardware support is to just see what happens when you boot from a live CD, and play around. – TSJNachos117 Feb 21 '14 at 22:45
  • Cool. If I boot into the Live USB, and drivers are having problems, would I need the driver by typing in the terminal 'Sudo apt-get' and then the driver name? – user250889 Feb 21 '14 at 22:57

I would burn a LiveCD and verify that all the devices we working properly before I installed. This will allow you to hope back into windows and google for missing drivers.

  • That's what I plan to do anyway. – user250889 Feb 21 '14 at 22:40

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