[ubuntu] Installation Woes

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I'm completely new to Ubuntu, I've owned it for basically a single day and after 15 hours (Not an exaggeration) of tinkering with it, trying as hard as I could to troubleshoot my problems, I've decided I just can't stand using Ubuntu if everything is always breaking. I made the switch from Windows simply because I was led to believe with a few "simple to install" programs I could play the few games I actually play on a Linux, Skype already has Linux support, my drivers would work fine, and "Wine" would hopefully allow me to use the few Windows-only applications I use on a (Hardware)