I need them. So with my failure of installing XP, i'm trying to put ubuntu on this thing. Here's my problems:

1) for some reason, it fails installing with CD. stops at 68% and claims an error of bad media/etc but i burnt 2 disks so, idk.

2) it cant boot via usb.

so, question is, can i install it via Windows and then take out windows? i looked up this Wubi thing, but it seems to make it keep both OS and it slows down the hard drive, i wouldn't like that since i will be using the pc for storage. Appreciate any help guys