I have an old machine with an ethernet cable, a CD drive, 2x 1.0 speed USB ports, 70GB hard drive and 256MB of RAM.
Currently it has Windows XP installed on it.
I am trying to install ubuntu-12.10-desktop-i386. I extracted and placed the necessary files onto a USB stick using Universal USB Installer. Going into boot settings, I can boot from the hard drive, floppy drive, CD drive or network adapter.
I tried to install whilst within Windows XP off the USB stick, but was told to reboot (but am not sure if I reboot it will start to read off the USB stick). So I tried placing the USB files onto a CD-RW only to find out that in total the files equate to over 700MB and the CD can only handle 650MB.
I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to get Linux onto this machine. Any suggestions? Perhaps run the installer within XP and reboot and see if it starts to read off the USB stick before the boot order set (current 1: CD drive, 2: Hard drive, 3: Floppy Drive, 4: Network Adapter)
Many thanks for any assistance!