Minimal CD Installation Procedure

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http://askubuntu.com – I'm attempting to install 12.04 LTS Desktop on an old (circa 2005) Sony laptop computer (Pentium III, 512MB RAM, 120GB HDD, Intel 1400x1050 video, wired ethernet connection to internet) that doesn't support booting from USB nor from burned DVDs (only from burned CDs or DVD-ROMs). The full 12.04 Desktop ISO image is too big to burn to a CD-R, and a DVD-R is not an option. Based on what I've read in the installation documents online, the "Minimal CD" seemed like a workable option. First question: Is the minimal install CD my best option? I successfully downloaded and burned the ISO image to a (HowTos)