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Well i dont really use my laptop that often so id like to put linux on it to mess around with. I tried it once by getting ubuntu and i forgot the other and neither would work coudlnt even install. So im asking you guys for help to downloading the correct ubuntu (gonna start here cuase i dont know much) and tips for installing it. Id also like to know if i want to dual boot how do i go about it with ubuntu and will this ruin my recover partition at all. i would like to be able to recover vista to factory conditions if the need arises.

Here are my specs:

c2d t5250 1.5ghz
geforce 8400m gs

i think thats all thats really needed. thanks in advance guys
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http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download

Choose Desktop Edition, 7.10.

Choose Standard Desktop PC.

You can dual boot if you want. And you can keep your recovery partition if you want. Just be sure of what you're doing before you make changes to the HDD. I always advise that you back things up before making changes to the HDD.
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do you have any advice with dual booting
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do you have any advice with dual booting
It should do it automatically. The installer should allow you to resize your windows partition, format a partition for Linux (and its swap partition), then install the boot loader.

Just be careful and read the summary about what's going to happen (be sure which partitions are going to be edited before you finalize anything.)

Also, prior to running the Ubuntu Live CD, defrag the windows disk and turn off virtual memory.
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cool thanks for the info
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