Well, I finally got the computer my friends were going to put into the dumpster. It's a Compaq Presario, SR-1630 NX, depending on where I look, it was built in 2005 or 2007. It has a Athlon 64 3500 2.2 GHZ processor, a 200 GB 7200RPM hard drive. When I took delivery, it had two sticks of 256 MB memory. Late this aftrnoon a friend gave me two sticks of 1000 Memory for a total of 2000 which I installed. The original owner tried to wipe the HD before giving to me. When I start the computer it says "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt \windows\system 32\config\system. Need original set up CD-ROM. I downloaded and copyed Ubuntu 12.04 unto a CD and inserted the disk in my new machine and nothin happened. Any ideas what I may be doing wrong? Also, my new machine is NOT hooked up to my ATT DSL.
Any and help is welcome and appreciated.
Thanks to all,