Installing Ubuntu Linux: Starting the Computer from the Live CD
The Main Options Available on the Ubuntu Live CD
When the computer is switched on with the Ubuntu installation CD-ROM in the drive, you will see this screen.
The options are as follows:
Start an Ubuntu session that runs directly from the CD-ROM, using the memory of your computer instead of the harddisk. This is called a "live" session.
Start a "live" session with reduced video requirements. If your screen is exceptionally new or exceedingly old, you may find this option to be helpful in getting a session going.
Check the CD for defects. While CDs are impervious to magnetic fields, scratches on their surface and physical disturbances during the writing process can cause defects in the CD. Here you can check whether the installation disk is okay.
the Memory Test is for checking the memory (RAM) of your computer. If you want to be certain that your hardware checks out, this option can help.
If you forgot the CD in the drive, and the computer has booted to this screen, you can still boot your computer as normally by choosing to boot from the first hard disk.
Other Options Available
The other options along the bottom of the screen are largelystandardised, and you are unlikely to use them at this stage. However, for the sake of completeness, these are:
F1 : Access further, on-screen help.
F2 : Change the installation from the English language default to another language.
F3 : Change the keymap. Even if you are using a keyboard from one country, you can change which map of the keys that the computer uses with this option.
F4 : Change the resolution if the screen looks funny.
F5 : If you have accessibility issues to consider, you can see what help is available in this regard here.
F6 : More advanced boot and installation options are available with this option.
Unless you have a reason to choose one of the aforementioned options, simply press enter or wait the thirty seconds until Ubuntu boots on its own. Go to the next page to learn about the startup process and the further steps of installing Ubuntu.
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