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Trouble installing Linux on circa-1999 Compaq Presario

Tom Metro wrote:
> How about running a memory test? Even if the RAM is good (as you 
> presume after replacing it), it may fail due to CPU, chipset, power 
> supply, or other problems.
> I believe there is a memory test application on the Ubuntu live CD.
>  -Tom

There is, the memory (both what was in it originally and what I 
installed) was fine, no errors reported.  It is a decent utility.

Responding to Bill H:  I also tried installing Xubuntu, the same errors 
came up with that as well...

It must be something on the motherboard then, that may be failing or has 

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