I want to install Kubuntu on a USB stick to run on my Acer Aspire 1362WLD laptop with an AMD Sempron 2800+ chip (I think it is 32-bit), also running Windows XP Home - which ISO/torrent should I use?
Many thanks for this, SirCharlo. After a few tries I think I am making progress, but I'm not there yet. (I have edited my first post, as I haven't quite got the hang of this forum yet.)
Using Windows I downloaded and saved kubuntu-2.04.1-desktop-i386.iso followed by Universal-USB-Installer-126.96.36.199.exe. I ran the latter file, entering the former at the red-letter prompt.
Entering Bios setup, the boot option order was Hard Drive, Floppy Drive, CD Rom/DVD Drive and Network Boot. There was no option for USB drive, so I just moved Hard Drive from top to bottom and saved the setup.
On rebooting a black screen appears with two messages:
Error E61 Media test failure - check cable
PXE MOF Exiting Intel PXE Rom This is soon replaced by a choice of Windows XP and Ubuntu
Selecting the latter, a black screen appears with error messages including something like :
Error prefix is not set Error No such device /ubuntu/disks/root.disk Error No such device /ubuntu/install/boot/grub.config
This is soon replaced by a message:
Minimal Bash-like editing is supported... grub> [flashing cursor]. This is as far as it gets.
Have I gone wrong somewhere? If not, do I need to try the alternative methods describes in https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick such as the PloP Boot manager, or something else?