|"...I didn't miss the obvious fact you have to burn the ISO to CD not just move it haha. anyway neither of these worked as it will read it for a moment then say the same old "Non-System Disk Or Disk Error".|
Just curious. Do you have the BIOS set up to look for the optical drive (CD/DVD) first in the boot-up sequence? Linux (or even more-recent versions of Windows) should be bootable from CD/DVD, but if the BIOS is set up to attempt to read them after the HDD, then you'd likely get that error. It's also possible that the optical drive could somehow be defective as well.
"...does anyone have any suggestions on which ones to try next that would be most likely to work."
If the machine has >768MB of RAM in it (you state 2GB), then even more "robust" versions of Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.) theoretically should work.
"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."