I have an OLD Dell Inspiron laptop with a 1.60GHz Pentium, 500MB RAM and a 75GB hard drive. It has a CD read and write drive (will it even play an 800MB CD?), it does NOT have a DVD drive, it has 2 working USB ports and can read a memory stick, but it does not boot from a memory stick as far as I can tell, that not being one of the options in BOOT SETUP.
I would love to totally replace Windows XP with Ubuntu or another "beginner friendly" Linux distribution, but no one has offered a way for a relative beginner to do so given the equipment I have available.
I have seen this question "answered" many times. Usually people keep telling how to do it with a DVD or memory stick or saying it can't be done over and over and over.
Occasionally an 800MB CD is mentioned, but I don't want to buy the media if it won't work in my drive.
I may try to edit down the Ubuntu 14.04.01 download before trying to write it to a CD. I am not certain I can actually get rid of that much stuff without compromising the installation, but barring any other solution I may try.