[ubuntu] Can only install Ubuntu 8.10

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I have an Acer Travelmate 240 Laptop 2.6Ghz, 1Ghz Ram 40Gb HDD. Originally it had Win XP on it but I have put Linux on it many times. What has happened is that out of OS"S I have I am only able to load Ubuntu 8.10 32 bit. I would like to upgrade but find I cannot as none of my disks will start up . I tried to put back windows today but it seems like there is a fault on the 2nd disk. I thought if I could load one OS on I would be able to load one of the others but maybe the disks have a problem . Any help would be appreciated. (Hardware)