Firstly download the free Vmware Player.
Now download the Linux image: (ubuntu)
Now extract the image. before starting it in vmware player, edit the .vmx file and append the following lines:
sound.present = "TRUE" sound.virtualDev = "es1371" sound.fileName = "-1" sound.autodetect = "TRUE"
so your virtual machine has a virtual soundcard as well. Now feel free to load the image in vmplayer now.
When Ubuntu has fully loaded up, select System>Administration>Networking. The password is "ubuntu". select "ethernet connection" (eth1) -> Properties, and enter your IP, gateway & subnet mask. Check out other settings too, it's very familiar to windows networking options.