I have a Pentium 4 PC running Windows XP that my kids have played with for a few years. There's so much garbage on the hard drive now that I thought I would just start over from scratch and make it a Linux machine. (I've never used Linux before, but I like what I've read about it.) So I started off by downloading Puppy Linux and burning it to a CD-ROM to use as a boot disk, but my PC wouldn't boot from the CD. I went into the BIOS and made sure that booting from the CD drive was the first option -- still no luck. I repeated the process with another small Linux distribution; same result. I think the problem is that I didn't burn the discs slowly enough so the files didn't copy properly. Then I tried using the disc that came with a copy of "Linux Format" magazine I bought. Unfortunately, though, the disc is a DVD and the PC doesn't have a DVD drive. So now, having given up for the moment on my original project, I'm running Ubuntu 9.10 from that disc on my "good" PC which does have a DVD drive. Even though I failed at my original goal, I'm at least using Linux on something so I don't feel like a complete idiot.