I made the 2nd partition free space and then installed into largest free space.
The laptop now dual boots without any problems. I have downloaded updates and things seem to be going well.
Dont know what the issue is with the desktop. Maybe I need to re-partition and reinstall. I may do this at some future date. For now I am into the Ubuntu community.
Thanks everyone for suggestions.
Gee, you got that far? I couldn't even get the dual-boot partition installing part right for nuts... Now running perfectly on the entire disk, laptop ppc like yours btw. Sheesh, if someone could help me on partitioning then being able to dual boot...but that would mean having to wipe my drive again wouldn't it?