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Installing Ubunutu 10.04 On a System76 Machine

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Restoring Your System76 Computer

System76 Netbook Customers see Restoring Your Netbook. This How To is for System76 Laptops and Desktops

System76 computers use a standard Ubuntu installation disc and the System76 Driver to fully restore your system to factory settings. This action will reformat your hard drive and remove all data from the computer. Backup any personal files in your home directory before installing.


Download Ubuntu 10.04 LTS from You can also request free installation CD's from the Ubuntu website.

This action will reformat your hard drive and remove all data from the computer. Backup any personal files in your home directory before installing.

  • Insert the Ubuntu Installation CD
  • Boot from the CD by pressing either the Escape key, F8, F10, F11, or F12 (Depends on your system)
  • Complete the installation with your desired options
  • Log into your newly installed system
  • Connect to the internet (verify you're connected by going to a website)
  • Go to System > Administration > Update Manager
  • Click "Check" and then "Install Updates"
  • If you have nVidia or ATI graphics in your system go to System > Administration > Hardware Drivers to install nVidia's or ATI's proprietary driver
  • Reboot
  • Download the latest System76 Driver from this page (click the second link from the bottom)...

  • Double click on the downloaded package to install
  • Go to System > Administration > System76 Driver
  • Choose the Restore tab and click Restore. Restore will take a few minutes.

That's it - your system is fully restored!

System76 Driver Information

For detailed information about the System76 Driver click here

If you have a System76 machine and want to do a clean install of Ubuntu 10.04, this outlines how to restore the System76 drivers. Quick and painless.


Peter J. Farrell said…
I just was lazy and used the upgrade option in the System Updates and then grabbed the System76 drivers from to get those on there.
Matthew Woodward said…
Thanks for sharing the lazy way of doing it. Lazy always wins. ;-)
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