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I do have a Kubuntu 11.10 CD that was the distro I moved back from, and a Kubuntu 12.04 iso DVD. I preferred Kubuntu, but I have huge problems eventually, every time I used it. Yet I kept using it! A memory leak, my best guess. Anyway - if all else fails I will buy a power supply for the old laptop that I directly network with my desktop and share the laptop wifi. I wish I could post a photo of the set up.
I will stop passing on irrelevant, random, "info".
Now my Kubuntu 11.10 is working, and I am online. I thought my machine was dying. Maybe running an older functioning install for several days did something? I had started the system up several times, for weeks - it would totally freeze after about 2 minutes. If this holds up then there is no problem. If there is I will use a different question.
I don't know much about wireless so I can't help you with that. Installing on your system won't be possible in the standard way as support for Kubuntu 11.10 ended in May of this year, no more repositories. Unless they have them archived somewhere??
If your computer is freezing after a short time regardless of what you are doing or which application(s) your are using, that is a pretty good sign of overheating although it could be something else. Check to see if the fan is running, keep the machine in as cool a place as your can.