Alright so I have a P.O.S. Toshiba laptop that's currently running Windows 7 OS. Things were great up until sometime last month it started crashing in the middle of work or just browsing. I'm quite fed up with Windows as well as Microsoft. I figured I could just erase Windows 7 and replace it with Ubuntu. Now I'm sure this can not be done but if it is possible please let me know.
If not, that's fine I could then just make a partition and running through that. But, here's the problem, I can't install it to make a either decision. I have a USB thumb drive that has Ubuntu 12.04 installer on it and it'll boot from that with no problem. I can even play around on it a bit. When I try to install it comes up with the 'Want to try' or 'Want to install', I click install.
From there it shows me the options 'Connect to internet' or 'Don't connect'. I click connect and get everything ready to go. When I click continue, I get the little pinwheel loading cursor and nothing else. It just stays like that for hours. I ran it for about four hours.
If anyone could please let me know if it may be a faulty USB drive, file, etc. My wife writes and she can't if Windows keeps crashing.
Open to any suggestions... Thank you for your time and patience.