even with micro$oft products, if you do not read LOTS or get a class, you will be at surface, unable to use it's full potential. i got many times problems with windows where the only solution was reinstalling the entire system. it never happened with linux.
hardware issues have nothing to do with the system, like booting from cdrom, or bios configuration. This will impact the installation of linux, windows, freebsd, etc...
so, if you get how to boot from cdrom, and take the following steps, you will have lmce installed, and running. for configuration and other, the way will be asking or searching the posts....
1) get linux 8.10 ISO image.
2) burn it to a cd
3) boot from the cd
4) after install, log in and
5) sudo su - #This might ask for the password you specified earlier during the install of kubuntu.
6) apt-get update
7) apt-get -y -f dist-upgrade
wget -c http://deb.linuxmce.org/ubuntu/new-installer-beta2.tar.gz
9) tar xvf new-installer-beta2.tar.gz
10) cd new-installer
IT WILL work if you hardware meets the minimal specs.....