Installing Ubuntu and Fixing Boot, Software Centre Issues

Installing Ubuntu 12.04
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As long as you do not choose to screw your windows partition explicitly default installation should work fine. The problems starts later on however! I trust you on this part and proceed further directly to problems.

Boot Problems
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The grandchildren of linux have the same old boot loader problems that their grandmother RedHat 2-6.0x had! What happens is you will not see an option to boot to Linux, stuff directly goes to Windows or whatever else you have on you computer.

Ctrl+Alt+T
sudo grub-install /dev/sda

Hit enter the problem should now be solved.

Software Centre
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The Canadian server seems to be sleeping so you may get this error.

Error
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W:Failed to fetch http://ca.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/precise/Release.gpg  Unable to connect to ca.archive.ubuntu.com:http:
E:Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

Open Software Centre and choose Edit -> Software Sources and select Other hit the Best Server option and accept when Ubuntu finds you the best server.

Now
Ctrl+Alt+T
sudo apt-get update

This will update your software stuff and you should be good to go from there.

For some graphic card drivers can bring the red screen of death! You can do:
Ctrl+Alt+F1 to go to the command window, login and then

sudo service start lightdm

(If this doesnt work - you may have to uninstall the driver -- askubuntu is your friend)

Have fun.

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