Manages to get 12.04 LTS installed. I know it's an old laptop, but it was a freebie and I'm using it to try to learn. Granted, I seem to have 588 updates to wade through and I'm not positive I'm making any headway there, but that's another problem...
It seems connecting wireless is a common problem. It clearly sees my network, just asks to authenticate every few minutes and doesn't successfully do so.
I really did try to work through some solutions here, but I'm just not smart enough yet with this stuff to confidently proceed.
I did do the following commands:
dmesg | grep twl
rfkill list all
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no
Will anyone take pity on me and try to help - I'll do my best!