I am a noob to linux so please be easy on me.
I recently got a raspberry pi and I love the raspian system. So I grabbed an old dead laptop and I am trying to install ubuntu, or any linux distro at this point. The laptop is a toshiba M45. It is ancient and slow. I copied ubuntu 12.04 onto a usb and tried to boot, no joy. So I copied it to a dvd, no joy. I did to the md5sum to check its validity and it checks out. I did get the drive fitness tester to boot, and it said the hdd was good. So i tried the puppy distro on a cdrom. It loaded the first line which said "isolinux 4.05 0x50328bd7 etcd copyright (c) 1994-2011 H. peter anvin et al" and then it just sat there. So i made a bootable gparted disc, it booted up fine and I formatted the entire drive to ext4 and it all seemed fine. Again I tried puppy, ubuntu, and even a ubuntu minimal with no success. Now I am fairly sure that this could very well be another hardware problem but why can I boot some cd's and not others. I have looked through the help files on ubuntu, checking all the md5sum hashes and they all are good. I checked that the Iso was burned correctly on all of the disc's. I have gone through the bios (pheonix 1.5) and set the cd to boot first. no joy. If I restart the computer with nothing in the drive it loads to a command prompt that reads 1234F: but I can't write anything.
Is there anything that I can try or should I gut this thing for the lcd and make a rpi laptop!
Thanks for the help