Thanks to this website the install went easily! I used a external dvd drive from ebay and I was worried that it would not work, but I have not had any issues I was very nervous about doing this as my cpu skills are not the best! I have noticed a few minor things that may be worth mentioning but not worth complaining about.
1. Battery light is never on - I did research some old threads that said it is not supposed to be on, however, on Ubantu I thought I remembered it lighting up when I was plugged in
2. Installed touchpad mouse using northmendo's installer. It works great but when I turn off my cpu or restart it, I need to go into the settings and adjust something in order to get it working again
also, is it worth upgrading the bios?
Thank you to everyone for all of your help!