Ubuntu Cheat Sheet Part 1 – The Load

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If you read Super Typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan Destruction you know my computer is having many problems and I am afraid of losing nearly everything.  This is about migrating Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS (Precise Pangolin) to a new computer.  This is sort of a cheat cheat so I can document what I did.  But you could use it to load a new computer also!

The Hardware

  • Gigibyte Motherboard, Z77M-D3H
  • Intel Core CPU, I5
  • Seagate Hard Disk Drive, 1TB
  • Kingston Memory, 8Gig
  • New case and power supply

After putting the parts together, with my old keyboard, mouse, DVD drive, and monitor, it was time for the Ubuntu load.

 

Preparing Ubuntu

First I downloaded Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS (Precise Pangolin).

Because I have more than 2 GB main memory, I chose to use the 64bit version.

 

Using online instructions I tried to create a bootable USB stick on Ubuntu, but I could not get it to work.

I then switched over and started using the instructions, How to burn a DVD on Ubuntu

I ran the live version a little off the DVD.  I also did a full memory check before I got started loading.  The Memory check takes some time, so be sure to have a distraction, like Breakfast!

 

Loading Ubuntu

Loading was easy, I followed the instructions to Install Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS

After I loaded I noticed that DVD and flash seemed to have problems.  The problem was in Step 2 I did not pay attention to the check marks in the photo.

Install this third party software had not been checked – a mistake.  I loaded again and was more careful with the photos.  Then all was fine.

 

Update Manager

I went to Dash, typed “U” (for Update Manager) and did an u[date – this took some time, so I did some Bible reading (a book) and ate a mid-morning snack..

Still in the Update Manager I checked to see if the system was up to date – if not, install the updates again.

 

Copy Files

I was trying to save my files, so the next thing I did was plug in my old hard drives and copy the home folders and files into an archive folder under Documents.  When this completed I breathed a sigh of relief.  Data was safe.  I plan to add another drive and RAID soon.

The Copy of so many files took a lot of time, I went to town, did shopping, ate dinner, and still had to wait another hour to complete.

 

Final Checks

I now have a working Ubuntu system, Firefox works ok, as does LibreOffice.  Movie Player worked, but it was not what I liked or was used to using.  Geany and Filazilla, my most used programs, were mission and Firefox had non of my bookmarks, history or saved passwords, I would need to migrate these and others to the new system.  That will be covered in future posts.

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