I downloaded Ubuntu 8.10 and created a CD. My hardware environment is an Acer Aspire 5100, BIOS V3.05B, System memory 633KB, extended memory 1279KB, video memory 256KB. The CD/DVD drive is defined as the starting device. Free disk space on partitioned HD C: is 38GB from 70GB.
The introductory ubuntu screen with the options is showing up. And that's where all the journeys ended. I couldn't start anything from there, especially not the use of Ubuntu from the CD without installation.
Background: I lost all my USB interfaces due to driver problems in Windows Vista and Microsoft support proofed to be unable to listen to my observations and couldn't fix the problem. They only have stolen a day from me. So I decided to switch, but can't use any external device to back up my files before doing so! Thanks for advice of whatever kind