Well I've cooked it now. I was given an old, well ancient, Toshiba Satellite 1800 with a clean hard drive and no setup disk. Having tried Ubuntu 8 in the past and quite liked it I decided to load it. It was sooooo slow that I couldn't bear it. I decided to remove it but am left with GRUB. Maybe I should have used Puppy but hindsight is wonderful! I have re-loaded the cd and gone into Terminal but I do not know what to do next. I get the following: to run a command as Administrator (user "root"), use "sudo <command>" See "man sudo root" for details - I have done that but........it didn't help an ignoramus like me. Then the next line reads: ubuntu@ubuntu:~$. As you guess I am now completely lost. Do I have to consign the laptop to the tip?