I have a spare machine that I put together with parts I had laying around to try out Linux. Here are the parts: ASUS P5K-SE P35 based mobo E1200 CPU (Celeron C2D with measly 512K cache 512MB DDR2 667MHz EVGA 7900GT video card Maxtor 80GB PATA drive Antec 450W power supply Basic stuff but from what I understand Linux is not as demanding on HW as Windows. So I downloaded the latest version of Ubuntu 64 bit from their site version 8.04 as an ISO file (ubuntu-8.04-desktop-amd64.iso), made up an installation CD, and booted up into the install program. The install program detects the hard drive and I tell it to use the whole partition for Linux since I have no plans for dual boot. It makes it's way through the whole installation and then asks to reboot. Once the machine posts it tries to boot from the hard drive and gets the following message GRUB Loading stage 1.5 GRUB Loading, please wait... Error 2 From doing a little searching it seems likely that the issue is with accessing the PATA drive. One of the poroposed solutions was to change the UDMA access mode in BIOS to something the drive does not support, thus forcing GRUB to read the drive and pick a mode that it does support. The problem is, this motherboard is really designed for SATA drives and the IDE (PATA) interface does not have the typical settings I am used to in the BIOS. Basically I can go to "integrated devices" memory and enable or disable the controller but nothing about changing interface details. One of the other suggestions was to use LILO (sp?) rather than GRUB but I am not sure how to do that from the installation. The installation seems to be designed for new users. It seems rather weird that it detects the drive well enough to install the whole operating system and then fails to boot from it... Not a good start to my Linux experience :shadedshu Any suggestions?