Freezing on Installation

Tried to install Ubuntu 7.04 on my old 2001 Compaq Presario Desktop (PentiumR 4 CPU 2GHz, 256MB of RAM), but it always froze at the first step (language) no matter how slow I burned the CD or whatever.Next, I tried to install 6.06, and it goes past the first step, but NOW it always freezes on the second step (location). The slot where it should show options for locations (to the left) is always blank, rendering the screen useless, and the installation officially freezes a few minutes later (the system will be completely unresponsive, despite the fact that the CD Drive is still "running"--the clock even stops going), forcing me to hard reset.I've tried running it in safe mode, but it always gives me some "error", and I've tried using some special boot options (F6) but nothing has worked. Unless I'm mistaken, I believe my computer is powerful enough to run 6.06 (and even 7.04, even though I'm having SLIGHTLY more luck with 6.06).Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've been eager to try Linux for the past week and I'm getting really frustrated.

Interesting, as I had a very

Interesting, as I had a very similar issue with a PIII box that I had at home.  The actual install takes up to an hour, and even then it just freezes on the desktop.  I've done everything that you have said as well.I've had it install no worries on a older Compaq Evo, and loving it.  I wanted to set it up at home as a file server/presentation server.So just wanted to say been there, done that, and also couldn't get it to work!

Intresting...the same thing

Intresting...the same thing is happening to me on my old Dell Inspiron 3800. Im also a new user ( or trying to be if it will install.) I know the CD isnt bad because I installed it onto my friends Laptop but its a much new model. I though it was loading but it wansnt reading the CD so I gave up and came here looking for an answer. I wish I could fix it :(

SOMEBODY HELP US???

COULD SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP US???? PLEASE? WE ARE EAGER TO DO AWAY WITH MIKROSOPHT AND ITS NEVER ENDING VIRAL ATTACKS AND GET TO ENJOY OPEN SOURCE. I have a similar case as the 2 guys above.....SO PLEASE.... S . O . S.......Thanks.

On preparing to install

On preparing to install Ubuntu of any version on a new machine, I download both the desktop and the alternate disk images. I once had the desktop version hang on a perfectly good desktop, albeit with a couple of odd hardware choices. The alternate CD worked in that case.

The only problem with the alternate version is it's not designed to give you the LiveCD experience before it installs... it just begins installing at once, no turning back. If you know you want Ubuntu it's good to have a backup plan if it doesn't work. If you don't know if you want Ubuntu on your machine, take the broken LiveCD install as a warning and try another version.

In any event, once Ubuntu is up and running, upgrading is always possible.