maybe go into their chat room and ask them some questions
Two years ago, I bought a used desktop computer (XP) from lady in my building. She told me it was her father-in-law's previously and he could not shut down - it rebooted itself. Worked fine for 2 years and on June 3rd, 2013, it would not boot up. Would get to the XP screen and reboot over and over again. I always had to do a hard shut down by cutting off the monitor and tower.
I did F8 and got blue screen: BIOS is not ACPI compliant. Contact your vendor. Don't know what that meant. I could not get online to search. Tried F1 and went into the BIOS screen. All seemed fine there except it had floppy for my first drive and I don't have a floppy one. Listed CD-Rom as second. Tried in F8 to do safe-mode, and all listed there but nothing worked.
It just keep rebooting itself or trying to boot up. My neighbor had an Xubuntu 10.04 disk and I installed it. Is what I am using now. Tried his Ubuntu 12.04 disk and then my USB mouse wouldn't work so had to reinstall 10.04. I just with 10.04 cannot listen to music, YouTube or view flash videos.
10.04 is Linux and out of date now. You cannot install anything with it. I lost my music, pictures, and the book of poetry and novel I was working on. I am 63 and on social security disability so cannot afford a new computer.
I was also going to school online to finish my degree and had to drop out. Had one term to get my degree. Went to the Linux forums online. People there gave me links to 12.04 and 13. Could not install them after burning to CD-Rom. Nothing happened but got a black screen with cursor flashing on top. When tried to reboot, Xubuntu 10.04 would not load!
Had to put in the disk for it and move arrows down to boot from hard disk to get it up again. I just have to leave the computer on all the time not to lose it again. Never been in the tower itself and for past 10 years have learned on my own about computers.
Someone in forums just bit ago suggested I reset the bios to default settings. Don't know how to do this and would it fix my problem? At least I can check my email programs but that is all I can do right now. Any help would be appreciated. 2GB of RAM. Have fast access dsl broadband with Comcast.