I'm having some problems getting Ubuntu to install. I'm running Windows XP Home (32bit) on an older Dell Dimension 2350 with 1GB ram, trying to install either Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (32Bit) or 13.04 (32Bit) inside VirtualBox. Both versions of Ubuntu don't make it past the purple screen with the loading dots. When I change over to the "non-graphical" version, with the scrolling text, it starts to list a series of tests that are either [ok] or [fail]. There are only a few that fail, and my search on those indicates that they're not that important. There are a few settings for this VM that I've tried tweaking based on other searches for an answer (such as Enabling IO APIC, switching the Chipset to ICH9, changing the Video Memory size, Enabling 3D Acceleration, and Enabling PAE/NX. More or less, I get to the same point.
(Once I got to the screen with Desktop in the upper left corner, and the red-ish background. But an error came up that basically said there was an error, and that I could send off a report or hit cancel. I hit cancel, and instead of the installer coming up, nothing happened)
The last check that is run is "Stopping System V runlevel compatibility [ok], and a bunch of Starting [ok]s. Then I get a black screen, then a half purple half black screen graphical error. Sorta looks like snow, I don't know how else to describe it. After a while. That goes away and is replaced by a black screen again. Nothing else happens.
I like to think I'm fairly good at solving problems and following instructions, but I don't even know how to go about diagnosing this. Most of the solutions I've seen seem to involve entering things into a command line, but doesn't the OS have to be installed to be able to do that?
This is a for fun/learning experience project, so it's nothing too pertinent. But I would like to figure this out.