Hello, I have had exposure to Linux in the past (principally Mandrake & Knoppix), and have experimented with various Live Distributions. My Mother's Laptop runs Windows XP, and has recently been riddled with malware. I have successfully run Live distributions of Knoppix 7.2.00 & Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on it earlier this year. However, following the malware (most of which has been removed) I cannot run any live distributions or install Linux on the C drive (there is 50 Gb free). The following Distributions won't run in live mode or install successfully alongside XP (required as my Mother uses Picassa & needs access to it until her Laptop will run Linux): Debian 7.4 Live (Never Worked) Knoppix 7.2.00 Ubuntu 12.04.41 LTS (Never Worked) Zorin 6.2 LITE (this did load in Live mode - once - but froze before I could use it. It never loaded again) Arch Linux Small (Never Worked) Mint Linux 13 Cinnanom (Never Worked) plus Linux based rescue discs REDO BACKUP Live 1.0.4 (Never Worked) TRINITY RESCUE KIT 3.4 build 372 (Never Worked) SYSTEM RESCUE CD x86.41.0 (Never Worked) Installation Discs: OPEN SUSE 13.1i586 (Never Worked) DEBIAN 7.4.0 Wheezy. (Never Worked) In practically every instance the Live CD/DVD gets as far as selecting Live Mode, and even appears to be working (judging by the extensive activity of the DVD ROM drive), then the screen goes blank and eventually disc activity stops. In a very few instances (principally Ubuntu) there is an error message B43/VCODES.FW, with a link to the relevant website. I havc downloaded/run the drivers mentioned but nothing changes. Even installation fails after the Partition Manager of Zorin, and no other distro even got that far. I have tried loading distributions on Flash Drive unsin pendrivelinux but despite the BIOS settings being set to boot from USB then DVD then C drive none have loaded - the results are identical to the CD based OSs. I really don't know how to proceed - I cannot erase XP & Picassa until Linux works & I cannot run Linux at all. Since Linux won't run even in Live mode there seems to be no point in replacing the built in (scsi) drive until it does, I have run out of ideas. All suggestions will be gratefully received. Regards Nicholas W The Computer is a Fujitsu Siemens AMILO PRO Pentium V3515.