Turn on computer. Before the system BOOT UP, press the key to enter the BIOS. Inside BIOS, change the First Boot Device to CD-ROM Device. <IF YOU want to cheat, and YOU'RE loyal to YOUR notes, change the Second and Third Boot Devices to CD-ROM for the install, and change them to First Boot Device Hard Drive, Second Boot Device CD-ROM, Third Boot Device Floppy Drive for after the install is finished.> Save and exit the BIOS. Reboot with the Distro <Linux of YOUR choice> in the CD-ROM tray, with the door closed. As the install starts, press all the F1, F2, F3, F4, F5 keys to read the cheat-codes, the instructions and the help destinations mentioned. Choose the cheat-codes and type in at the prompt. [IF YOU stuck with Ubuntu, go to ..http://www.ubuntu.com/
] for any general help, here for major help...http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/answers/
and here for tutorials and details...http://www.wiki.com/
So, Partitioning. 1) Delete the entire Hard Drive with "cfdisk". Then make the First partition /dev/hda1 Linux<83>. Later YOU can change it to Reiser File System or other. Second, choose an extended partition. Then choose a Swap partition of the same size in MB's. 1200 MB's is great. IF YOUR system is using more, make the swap space bigger than YOUR RAM Memory size. YOU need to have at least two partitions. [IF YOU love Linux, hope YOU do, YOU can create a "/home" partition for the future. That way, installing the next Distro will give YOU the option to save the "/home" partition during the "cfdisk" partitioning setup for the next Distro. NOT this present install]. Ubuntu does not use a "root" password. So be sure to setup a "user account". For help using "su", go here...https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo
Now, install the features YOU want. NOTE: setting up networking during the install is easier than after the install has finished. Configure as much as possible during the install. Exception: USB devices will be configured after the USB is configured. IMHO, install those USB devices after the install is finished. Good luck to YOU. Remember to change the First Boot Device to Hard Drive to start the fresh install.