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I have tried burning 3 DVD's following precise instructions from ubuntu download site but each time I try to install ubuntu the process just hangs after about 3 cycles of the ubuntu progress dots. I have 2 gb RAM, Pentium 4 and 86 GB free space on SSD C drive.

I am new to UBUNTU, I want to keep my XP running and thought it might be safe under the Linux OS

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What video card/chip? With just a Pentium 4 and usually old video, you may be better off with Xubuntu or Lubuntu. Full Ubuntu with Unity needs newer systems. –  oldfred Apr 23 '14 at 4:09
Try typing ESC when it hangs at the progress dots to switch to a text screen which may have error messages, or at least what stage the hang occurs. –  ubfan1 Apr 23 '14 at 4:44

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