I downloaded Ubuntu to one laptop and burned it to a blank dvd. Then I put the CD to the blank laptop on start up and nothing happens. There was no Windows image disc burner software on the laptop. What do I do? Thanks.
Two things are important to clarify here. 1. Have you burned the CD with "boot CD" options ? 2. Have you changed the boot priority of your system to CD-ROM in BIOS settings ?
And since you are asking question about installation mention the version of the system (laptop) and the motherboard that your system configured with.
But here is your answer if you have burned your CD with Boot option. Generally to get into BIOS settings f2 or del will be the key. If both of them doesn't work for you, check on-line to know your bios key. Then set boot priority to CD-Rom, save and exit. Now insert your CD and reboot your system it will start from Ubuntu.
Note : Since you have not yet installed the os, take this advice. Create a partition of about twice or equal to your RAM size and assign it for swapping purpose(You will see this option while installing). It is required for hibernation purpose which you are going to use definitely.
Update : Burning CD with Bootable option using Nero: Follow instructions in this link "path=Blog%3A%2F%2FDisplayBlogComposite%2FNero%2F7419946&NCSS=a105m2ZYu9KFk6jZd0ce28lWPpMvvNt5fffd#0">http://my.nero.com/index.php?_path=Blog%3A%2F%2FDisplayBlogComposite%2FNero%2F7419946&NCSS=a105m2ZYu9KFk6jZd0ce28lWPpMvvNt5fffd#0"
Check your BIOS settings and make sure it's booting from the CD-ROM. You can check your BIOS settings by pressing F2, F10, or F12 it should show which button to press to getting into your BIOS settings on the screen on boot up.