Linux on a Dell Inspiron 630m

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I have an old Dell Inspiron 630m with Windows XP and I want to put some Linux distro on it. I have tried Ubuntu 12 but it did not work (nothing happend). Downloading older versions is slow. I am not a nerd (only wanabe) so I'm afraid of installations that are more complicated than Ubuntu. But the old laptop is a great tool for messing up so I ask you, which distro should I try and how can I get it. (HowTos)