cant boot live CD on HP Pavilion N5430 laptop
my sister has this laptop, but it runs like a dog with windoze on it, i told her i'd put ubuntu 8.10 on it and make it run nice for christmas and (maybe) get the sims to run under wine for her, thats all well and good, except that it's only got 128MB of RAM...
i tried setting 1GB of my USB flash drive as swap space, but this just makes it freeze on boot, if it's not plugged in as it boots i get a command line (with the obvious errors that X couldnt load coz there's innsufficient RAM), but i have basic linux control at the command line, HOWEVER, if i plug the USB drive in after boot it doesnt get recignised, i really dont want to go and download the text based installer because i'm going on holidays on sunday and wont be back until christmas day
so if anyone could help it would be muchly appreciated
(i have a floppy drive and cannot boot from USB)