Though I have been using linux for years (SuSE to Fedora to Puppy to Vector 5.
, I'm about as new to all this as you are, tech-wise. Every time I have a problem with installing Vector, its usually because I have not sufficiently ridded my system of Windows. I install Puppy and get the thing working with Puppy, wiping out all vestiges of windoze with its disk formatting gadget. And if that doesn't work, and often it doesn't, I get online and, after a couple of hours of searching, find an f-disk program that allows the complete reformatting of all parts of the drive, the mbr (if that's what its called) and everything else. Then I install Puppy and if it works, do a new install of Vector 5.8, wiping out Puppy. Vector 5.8 is just better than Puppy for me and my staff as it is much harder to break and does just about everything I need right out of the box.