assuming you are actually looking for help and not just whining.
That's why I posted. What other info would be helpful? Not whining, just tired of hearing linux touted by fanatics as the be-all end-all of people's computer problems.
That's nice. I really don't care what you are tired of hearing. This folder is for people interested in linux, not people 'tired' by our 'fanaticism'.
I was under the impression (probably wrong) that linux was good to run on older systems.
It can be, and it will generally run better than Windows on the same system, but old hardware doesn't have the support that new hardware does .. you'll be installing linux the 'old' hard way in many cases.
If I thought the problem was graphics related, I would have included this info. As I am a Linux noob, I really have no idea what's going on here
Well, that is the point ... you don't know what is going on so you should give us every piece of info you can. The same thing you'd be asked to do in the Free Clinic for a failed windows install, actually.
I also have no clue as to what "wubi" is. I figured I could just download the disk image and run it from a cd to get familiar with it and decide if I want to install it to dual boot.
Wubi is a network installer. You don't need to burn a CD when you use it .. you just launch the installer and it goes and fetches everything it needs to install Ubuntu. It is error-prone, though, and not terribly popular .. lots of people have problems with it.
You are trying to run an OS from a CD. With an older machine, this is less likely to work. PClinux works, though, so why not use that?
Sorry if I stepped on any toes here. Not trying to be a moron, just doing a good job of it without really trying I guess.
It isn't your ignorance that bothers us (or me) ... that can be fixed quite easily. But when you toss a comment like "Yet another reason why the "average joe" won't ever use linux" at the end of a post, you have to ask yourself why we'd want to help you.