Beginners' Guide

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Visual summary of the steps to getting going with UberStudent.

This guide will explain how to get going with UberStudent, which consists of four or five steps, depending upon how you've obtained the UberStudent installation disc. The steps are

  1. Get a pre-made UberStudent disc — OR — Download the UberStudent ISO file
  2. Burn the ISO as an image to a blank DVD disc. NOTE: Skip this step if you purchased a disc.
  3. Place the disc into your computer's DVD drive and boot in to it.
  4. Explore around a bit and then click the "Install UberStudent" icon on the desktop and walk through the steps.
  5. Use it!

Enlarge the image to your right for a quick overview.

What follows will explain in simple, step-by-step terms. You'll know exactly what to do.


Getting an UberStudent Disc

Purchasing a Pre-Made Disc

The preferred method of getting an UberStudent disc is to get one pre-made, so you can avoid the annoyance and occasional issues involved with downloading a DVD-sized file. The discs are cheap (US $6), can be shipped anywhere, and are guaranteed to work. Plus, you don't need to bother with the optional step of checking the downloaded ISO file and the non-optional step of burning it to disc.

If you have only very slow Internet access, getting a pre-made disc is absolutely your only option.

Making Your Own Disc

If you have a pre-made disc, skip to the section Booting into UberStudent

If you choose not to get a pre-made installation disc, you can make your own. It's pretty straightforward, as this section explains.

Download the ISO File

An ISO file is a file type that is an exact image of a disc. When you burn it as an image (not as data) with common disc burning software to a blank DVD disc that you purchase, you thereby create the UberStudent installation disc.

UberStudent ISOs are available at SourceForge. Always choose the latest version for best results, unless you have some special reason not to.

Choose the ISO file with an architecture that matches your computer, either 32-bit (i386) or 64-bit (amd64). You can find your computer's architecture by consulting your computer's manual, or doing a simple web-search using your computer's manufacturer and model. When in doubt, get the 32-bit version, the one with "i386" in the file name.

The size of UberStudent ISO files is around 2.5 gigabytes. You should consider using a download manager. It will handle the large download with excellence. The Firefox extension DownThemAll works across platforms, is free, and is a good option. First install Firefox if you need to, obviously.

Verify the ISO File (Optional Step)

Although not essential, it's a good idea to verify the integrity of your download. To do that, you'll need to check the ISO file with its MD5 file, the latter which contains a data string that matches the ISO. If the string matches, the download went perfectly; if not, you'll need to download the ISO again or have a pre-made disc sent to you so you can avoid having to download the ISO file again.

Skip to "Burning the ISO File" to keep moving along; otherwise, Verify an ISO File will show you the steps to take.

Burning the ISO File

In general, use any disc burning utility to burn the UberStudent ISO as an image, not as data.

In Windows 7 and 8
1. Insert a blank DVD into your drive
2. Right click over the ISO image, as shown below
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3. Click "Burn"
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In Other Windows Versions
1. Insert a blank DVD into your drive
2. Download Free ISO Burner
3. Double-click on the icon for it. It will run without the need to first be installed and look like the below
3. Click "Open" and navigate to the UberStudent ISO file, and then click "Burn."
In Mac OS X
1. Launch Disk Utility (Applications → Utilities → Disk Utility)
2. Insert your blank DVD
3. Drag and drop the ISO file in to the left pane in Disk Utility. Both the blank disc and the ISO file will be listed there
4. Select the ISO file, and then click on the Burn button in the toolbar
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5. Ensure that you tick "Verify burned data". You may need to first click on the disclosure triangle to see it.
6. Click "Burn." The data will be burned and verified.
Macosx disk-utility burn.png

Booting into UberStudent

The UberStudent disc is a bootable medium. This means that you access it by booting into it, just as you would any other operating system. To do that, follow the steps for your platform:

In PCs
  1. Place the UberStudent installation disc in to your DVD drive
  2. Reboot
  3. Your computer should automatically detect the disc and boot in to it
Note: Rarely, some computers are not configured to first check the drive for a bootable medium. In this case, you will need to continually press the F11 or Esc key (depending on your machine) on your keyboard while rebooting. This will bring up a menu in your bios. Select your DVD drive as the boot medium and press Enter on your keyboard to boot from the disc. If the BIOS do not come up with F11 or Esc, your machine must use some other key. Try F10 or F1, and if that fails, consult the documentation for your machine to find out the required key to configure your BIOs.
In Mac
  1. Place the UberStudent installation disc in to your DVD drive
  2. Reboot
  3. Press the C key on your keyboard as your computer reboots

Your machine will then boot in to UberStudent.

Since an entire, full-featured operating system is being unwrapped when you boot in to it, it may take a good while, depending on the speed of your drive and processor; and, don't expect UberStudent to run fast from a disc drive. It's running from just a disc, after all.

Installing UberStudent

Most people will want to install UberStudent on to a machine that also has Windows or Mac on it. Fortunately, that is normally very easy to do.

Since UberStudent uses the same installer program used by Ubuntu, ubiquity, all you have to do to install UberStudent is follow the same directions for installing Ubuntu.

On a Machine with Windows 8 Preinstalled

If your machine came with Windows 8 preinstalled, first disable the superfluous UEFI "feature."

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