Unable to install linux--several aspects
First problem: A friend has Win 2000 machine he is discarding, but to extend the life of his hardware I tried to help load first linux mint 11 and then puppy linux, but neither would even get to a splash screen. Some initial loading text would occur but nothing after that. The CD drive did sound as though it was trying to load.
Second: on a new top end HP envy laptop I tried to load unbuntu 11.10 but this same blank screen occurs as in the first problem.
A third but different problems if anyone can help: trying to dual boot Bodhi linux with win xp, but the xp password is lost. Anyway to recover that passwork and even just reinstall the win xp as I do not have the orginal discs? The Bodhi distro has installed fine.
Tx for any help