So to start off, the reason I came to be in this predicament is because my desktop crashed. It was originally running windows 8.1, which I'm not too fond of. I didn't have the windows disk and because I've heard such great things about linux in the past few years I decided to give it a shot.
But too much avail my efforts have been in vein. I've been working on this the past 2 days and I've learned a lot but at this point I'm exhausted and don't know where to turn to.
I've tried to load Ubuntu 14.04 onto this desktop multiple times. I've downloaded multiple server copies from various sources, and even one desktop copy as well. I also tried downloading 13.10. None of them work. Each time I've loaded the iso file onto my usb using both the pendrive and unetbootin programs. When using the pendrive program, it seemed to transfer however it showed many errors in files copied. When I used unetbootin I got as far as loading it onto the desktop and getting a message saying 'invalid or corrupt kernal image'.
I've used the MD5sum checks on every file and none of the have equaled the same sum.
One last desperation try of loading it on (14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" - Release amd64 (20140416.2)), and my desktop recognizes it.The UNetbootin screen comes up and I select Default. I start to go through all the installation steps, (however without being able to connect to the internet at this point). It gets stuck at the "install the system" step. I hope you can feel my pain by now cus I just want this to work so badly.
I then go to "check the cd-rom(s) integrity". Integrity test failed "The ./pool/main/l/linux/pcmcia-storage-modules-3.13.0-24-generic-di_3.13.0-24-46_amd64.udeb file failed the MD%checksum verification. You CD-ROM or this file may have been corrupted"
Can anyone help with this PLEASE!? I don't want to have to go back to windows 8 haha. Does anyone have any advice on whether being able to hook up to the internet would allow me to repair those problems? - probably not but I thought I'd ask
Thanks in advance for the help.