I have a lousy old computer. A few years ago, I installed Ubuntu (I think it was 5.10) from an image that I downloaded. I played around, but the computer didn't really have the memory to support the distro, so I stopped using. It sat in the cellar.
I recently got a bit more memory for it, so I thought I'd try again. But of course, I don't know my old login and password. What I'd like to do is start from scratch with another install of Ubuntu (or another Linux if I have to, but I need something relatively friendly).
Anyway, I've tried a newer livecd version of Ubuntu. When I try to install it (or even run it from the CD), the X server fails and I get to a command prompt. That's not going to work for me.
I also tried burning an image of Damn Small Linux to a CD, but that wouldn't install either.
Any ideas? This is an old HP Pavilion, 256MB Ram and a lousy processor, and I really don't have any money to put into it. I have a bunch of blank CD's, so I can try to install from a CD, but I'm not sure why that isn't working with the distros I've already tried.
Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.