Yes, As indicated I had to receive an indoctrination into the world of torrents. The final attempt last night was a 2x speed burned disk of the torrent .iso image , on a newly formatted hard drive.
That having failed, I am going to try again after I receive and install my video card and tuner.
My forehead is flat enough.......................Thanks to all for their help to date. I'll resurrect the thread when the above hardware is installed.
BTW- I have run the md5sum check on the ubuntu machine and all files checked "OK"