I've changed my original post to a solutions post.
System Info on unit says; emachine 5414 X86 Family model 8 stepping 2 authentic amd ~1596 Mhz total phy. mem. 256 mb avail. phy. mem. 71.28 total virtual mem. 2 gb avail. virt. mem 1.96
emachine specs say; http://support.gateway.com/emachines.../4645sp6.shtml
UPDATE 01; Ubuntu 4.10 (Warty Warthog) This does install on emachine5414;
A. There is an issue with network connection. Select to continue without doing anything.
B. Select screen resolution 1280x800 when asked. Arrow down the selections until 1280x800 is in view then press enter.
C. The screen writing is split and awkward to view. There is one function where you might not see two selections, one for yes, the other for no, left arrow over press enter.
UPDATE 02; Ubuntu 5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog) This does install on emachine 5414
A. There wasn't a network connection issue, it went right through automatically.
B. Same as B above.
C. Same as C above.
UPDATE 03; xubuntu-6.06.1-desktop-i386 This does install on emachine 5414
There no issues during install, all worked better than previous so far.
UPDATE 04; Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) This does install on emachine 5414 !
There were no issues during install, install went smoothly, this was the first version which seems to recognize the Linksys WUSB600n wireless thumb drive but for now I cannot enable 'Broadcom 43xx chipset family', I go to System , administration, restricted drivers, then the list pops up but when I select Enable, I get this message; the software source for package, bcm 43xx-fwcutter is not enabled.
LAST UDATE: Had problems getting any version to install, I found out that the hard drive was the proble, so to fix, I used an older version, say down in the 8 range and that will fix the HD, do a full install using the ENTIRE HD, then you can load virtually any version, BUT this version of XUBUNTU will load, regardless of whatever errors are thrown up, just let it run through and it will load, ALSO it is the first version that will locate any and all wifi even if configured for hidden, there it is the easiest to use wifi on unless you already know how to configure hidden wifi manually.
Other older versions show a partial screen during install, do not despair, simply arrow down untill you see what need then arrow up will bring highlight up to what you need, then hit enter, only one screen is a bugger and that is the finial message about do you want to erase entire HD, use the entire HD, you cannot see the yes or know, the No is automatically highlighted and it is to the right, soo, arrow over left then hit enter, you won't be able to see what you did but it will work.
Even the xubuntu have extra software such as games and office stuff, delete them to free up HD space or go and buy and install the 2GB max memory for the emachine 5414!
Anyone have questions email me,