Originally Posted by cliff33
Ubuntu installs up to the point where a black & white window appears and asks "Try Ubuntu" or "Install Ubuntu. Whichever one I try, I wait for over an hour and nothing happens. Any help would be appreciated.
When I first started trying out different distros, I was using a computer with 256M RAM and running XP. With practically any distro running Gnome or KDE I would have the same problem you're having. You may
have some luck with XFCE, but if my guess is correct and your hardware is less powerful than mine was at the time, it may not work either and will probably feel too slow, as it did with my machine.
You may have better luck finding a distro with LXDE, Openbox, Fluxbox or any other low-resource window manager. There is an Ubuntu variant called Lubuntu that you might be able to run.
You may also want to check out the "old computers" list on Distrowatch
. I had decent luck with Unity
You may have to try quite a few to find one you like or that will even run. With old hardware, the distros may be a little more difficult for a new Linux user to grasp since something like Fluxbox is pretty un-Windows like, but don't be discouraged. You are at the mercy of a limited and obsolete system so your results won't really be indicitave of what Linux really has to offer under better circumstances.
Good luck finding the right distro, be patient, and remember that whatever results you do get, due to the situation, they very likely aren't typical.