"Well, that was interesting," I said to myself as I uninstalled ubuntu.
I was hoping to get around upgrading my XP OS to W-7. I've used versions of Linux in the past, it was such a chore to learn all the command line requirements that I abandoned the effort. I hoped that Ubuntu would be the answer. I did a test run of the 32bit version on my old Acer laptop which has a comparatively tiny HD and ubuntu loaded in test mode and I could use it so I had some hope. They were dashed. My old computer (at least 10 years) was home brew. It is an AMD AThlon XP-M Processor 2800+ at 1.6 GHz, 2 GB RAM running XP Pro Ver 2002 Service Pack 3.
It definitely wants the 32 bit version of Ubuntu. I made a DVD (Same one I used on my laptop) and proceeded to use the windows installer WUBI to do a side by side installation. The installation finished. I rebooted, selected Ubuntu from the screen and waited, and waited. A few lines of diagnostics appeared and disappeared before I could copy anything. There were a few brief flashes on a part of the screen, but nothing showed up after 20 minutes. I decided I could do no harm by trying a hard reboot, but the results were identical although I did get a B+W screen telling me it was in recovery mode.
I'm not optimistic that there is any remedy other than to download all the data from the machine onto my external HD, and buy a new machine that will run after installing ubuntu. I was hoping to avoid spending another three or four hundred bucks to get from here to there.