Cant mount, go online, and cant use preinstalled XP on EEE 1000h.
Bought a new laptop and decided to go open source. A EEE 1000H, with a preinstalled XP. I installed buntu 8.4 using online instructions. At the moment I cannot mount my external HD, or my Cruiser Micro Sandisk 2gig usb stick. I also cannot use a rj45 to go online when I plugged it into my router. And forget about Wifi. Since I cant access either external drives I cannot install useful drivers I found, and I cant do it online either. Even worse whenever I try and choose XP it doesnt want to load up so now Im stuck with Ubuntu, and dont know what to do next. My open source experiment is a big failure unless someone can help.
ps Total linux newbie, so please be very gentle and treat me like a retard.