ok so my mom's computer runs a not-so-authorized copy of xp, and for the past month or so it has that screen that microsoft asks that you verify your copy "for update purposes". i've always clicked cancel and moved along, and advised her to do the same. today, however, i was mid downloading some episodes of degrassi, and it just crashed. it restarted, got all the way to the windows loading screen, then would crash every time it hit 3 bars. then it rebooted to the black safe mode screen. i tried every option, but it just did the same thing. this happened about 15 times before i realized that it wasn't going to stop. i searched around and i read that that might be attributed to her lack of "real" windows.
but that's not even the problem
i'd been planning to put ubuntu on there for her anyway. but i have a netbook with no cd drive. so i broke apart an old computer and put my old drive into an external harddrive box thing (what you put an internal harddrive into to make it external), and thought i'd be all set. i plugged it into my netbook, and it recognizes it, but i can't do anything with it. it's not in "my computer" and that pop up notification doesn't take me anywhere when clicking it. can anyone figure something?
thanks in advance