I inherited an old laptop from a friend. booted it up and went to install ubuntu updates. The update manager said that there was an upgrade to 10.4.04 LTS available and I went with that. It downloaded everything and started installing files. So far so good.
Then, at some point during the installation (before the clean up and reboot stages) it just stopped. The image that was on the desktop background went away, and is now a lovely shade of brown. Most items from the system menu still work, but slowly. Some apps don't work at all. The monitor shows CPU at 100% use, but nothing seems to be happening. The drive light is not blinking either.
There isn't anything on this computer I want to save - would just like to get it working again.