Well I'm trying to install ubuntu on an old 2003 made computer, the only problem is that it keeps on crashing into a kernel panic. It reverts to the text based installer, and if I takeaway the startup.sh file it doesn't boot at all. That gives me the suspicion that it has EFI bios software, which ubuntu probably isn't compatible with. Is there a way to install ubuntu on old EFI bios, or maybe just a way to update the bios?
A 2003 machine will almost certainly not have EFI unless it has an Itanium processor
But the machine most probably has low memory. The LiveCD/Desktop Installer may not run well with less than 512 MB of RAM. Please try the Alternate CD instead which is designed for such situations.