I have a Linux Ubuntu CD that i recently found, and a spare computer that pretty much sucks. Its got plenty of space and RAM for it but when i try to load ubuntu, I receive the error message: No ROM Basic; System Halted. do i need to download a win98 boot disk and then try to install Ubuntu, or is there something else i can do? (First time linux user other than touching the basics)
You need to set the computer to boot from the CD (in the BIOS). Mind, I haven't seen the "No ROM Basic" error message since the days of the original IBM PCs. If the computer is too old it may not be able to boot from a CD.
As the Linux CD is a live CD have you tried it on any other HW? I suspect ijack nailed it, sounds like an old box that will not boot from CD. The Win95/98 boot disk loads windows CD drivers that Linux would not be able to use.