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Old 07-22-2010, 09:55 PM   #1
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Boot options(F9) does not show DVD...


Hello Linux Gurus,

Hope am posting my problem in the right forum. I am using Ubuntu 8 desktop. I recently purchased a DVD R/W. I am trying to install other distros using a bootable DVD.

When I go into boot options using F9, I don't see DVD option. Is there a way to enable this?

Thanks a lot!

Srinivas
 
Old 07-22-2010, 10:48 PM   #2
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How to enable DVD under boot options (F9).

Hello Linux Gurus,
I am using Ubuntu 8 desktop. I recently purchased a DVD R/W. I am trying to install other distros using a bootable DVD.

When I go into boot options using F9, I don't see DVD option. Is there a way to enable this?

Thanks a lot!

Srinivas
 
Old 07-22-2010, 10:55 PM   #3
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You want to install other distros along-side Ubuntu on the same machine? Like a dual boot? So, you need to boot your other DVD using the new DVD drive, right?

Sounds like the F9 option you are selecting is an Ubuntu Boot Menu option (if I'm wrong please say so), and what you really want, is to look in your computer's BIOS to see that the DVD drive is set to boot from.

BIOS configs vary from one machine to the next, but some machines allow you to press something like F-11 when you turn it on, and get a boot menu right from your BIOS, which allows you to select which device to boot from. If you do not have something like this, then again, go into the BIOS right after power-up and make sure the DVD drive is set to boot from; then, stick the DVD in the drive and turn the machine on, and the DVD should start.

If I've misunderstood your situation, please clarify some more.

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Old 07-22-2010, 11:08 PM   #4
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Hi there,


Please post your thread in only one forum. Posting a single thread in the most relevant forum will make it easier for members to help you and will keep the discussion in one place. This thread is being closed because it is a duplicate of http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=821605 which now has a reply.

Thanks.
 
Old 07-23-2010, 02:41 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shrikenow View Post
Hello Linux Gurus,

Hope am posting my problem in the right forum. I am using Ubuntu 8 desktop. I recently purchased a DVD R/W. I am trying to install other distros using a bootable DVD.

When I go into boot options using F9, I don't see DVD option. Is there a way to enable this?

Thanks a lot!

Srinivas
Give some more Info about your system -Does it work under windows?-Interface type It could be listed as CD Rom
 
Old 07-23-2010, 04:14 PM   #6
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Depends on a few things.

One is how bios see's it. Can you view bios and does it report as a dvd?
Second is if the system bios even knows enough to boot from a dvd.
Third is order. Some bios's only allow the master ide to boot.
Lastly may be that you need to test this dvd on some other system, right now we can't say if it is good.
 
Old 07-23-2010, 04:18 PM   #7
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You might have to go to the bios setup screen and change the boot order/enable of the DVD drive.
 
Old 07-25-2010, 10:52 PM   #8
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Give some more Info about your system -Does it work under windows?-Interface type It could be listed as CD Rom
The DVD drive is brand new. HP dvd 1140i. The ubuntu detects the drive as I see the light on the drive.

When I press F1, I see an error screen momentarily. The screen stays for fraction of a second for me to even get a glance of the error message.

When I press F9, I get a list of devices to boot from. Here is what I see:

Press Enter to select IPL Device, ESC to Exit
CD-ROM
Floppy Drive (A
USB Device
Hard Drive (C
IBA 4.1.08 Slot 0540

Thanks a lot for all your replies. Can you guys give me any more ideas/tips on how to enable my DVD drive so I can install a distro?
 
Old 07-25-2010, 11:01 PM   #9
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The DVD drive is brand new. HP dvd 1140i. The ubuntu detects the drive as I see the light on the drive.

When I press F1, I see an error screen momentarily. The screen stays for fraction of a second for me to even get a glance of the error message.

When I press F9, I get a list of devices to boot from. Here is what I see:

Press Enter to select IPL Device, ESC to Exit
CD-ROM
Floppy Drive (A
USB Device
Hard Drive (C
IBA 4.1.08 Slot 0540

Thanks a lot for all your replies. Can you guys give me any more ideas/tips on how to enable my DVD drive so I can install a distro?
The light does not mean the drive is detected by the OS only that it has power. Try slecting the CD-ROM as the 1st boot device does it play DVD's? What Kind of Computer Do You Have? How Old is It? How Much Memory? What OS Came On It?,,IPL Device, IBA
, Floppy

Last edited by OldManHook; 07-25-2010 at 11:19 PM. Reason: More Info
 
Old 07-25-2010, 11:03 PM   #10
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You want to install other distros along-side Ubuntu on the same machine? Like a dual boot? So, you need to boot your other DVD using the new DVD drive, right?

Sounds like the F9 option you are selecting is an Ubuntu Boot Menu option (if I'm wrong please say so), and what you really want, is to look in your computer's BIOS to see that the DVD drive is set to boot from.

BIOS configs vary from one machine to the next, but some machines allow you to press something like F-11 when you turn it on, and get a boot menu right from your BIOS, which allows you to select which device to boot from. If you do not have something like this, then again, go into the BIOS right after power-up and make sure the DVD drive is set to boot from; then, stick the DVD in the drive and turn the machine on, and the DVD should start.

If I've misunderstood your situation, please clarify some more.
Sorry for the late reply. I am trying to remove the Ubuntu and install another latest distro.

The DVD drive is brand new. HP dvd 1140i. The ubuntu detects the drive as I see the light on the drive.

When I press F1 or F11, I see an error screen momentarily. The screen stays for fraction of a second for me to even get a glance of the error message. All I could see was the heading: "301 keyboard error"

When I press F9, I get a list of devices to boot from. Here is what I see:

Press Enter to select IPL Device, ESC to Exit
CD-ROM
Floppy Drive (A: )
USB Device
Hard Drive (C: )
IBA 4.1.08 Slot 0540

Thanks a lot for all your reply. Can you give me any more ideas/tips on how to enable my DVD drive so I can install a distro?
 
Old 07-25-2010, 11:08 PM   #11
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The light does not mean the drive is detected by the OS only that it has power. Try slecting the CD-ROM as the 1st boot device does it play DVD's?
The DVD is brand new. And the CD-ROM doesn't play DVDs. I am sorry if I miss-understood regarding what you said.

When I press F1/F11, I get the same error screen momentarily. All I could manage to see in such a short time is the heading "301 keyboard error"...,

Thanks for your reply!
 
Old 07-25-2010, 11:29 PM   #12
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Depends on a few things.

One is how bios see's it. Can you view bios and does it report as a dvd?
How to go into Bios? Tried F1/F11, I get error screen "301 keyboard error.."
Quote:
Originally Posted by jefro View Post
Second is if the system bios even knows enough to boot from a dvd.
How to determine this?
Quote:
Originally Posted by jefro View Post
Third is order. Some bios's only allow the master ide to boot.
I can see the boot order by pressing F9
CD-ROM
Floppy Drive (A: )
USB Device
Hard Drive (C: )
IBA 4.1.08 Slot 0540

Quote:
Originally Posted by jefro View Post
Lastly may be that you need to test this dvd on some other system, right now we can't say if it is good.
The DVD is brand new: HP dvd 1140i, bought in Bestbuy.
 
Old 07-25-2010, 11:36 PM   #13
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How Old Is This Computer, Any Chance it's an old AT Style?
Hope you are reading This Post,You Should not post the same Question in two places on the Forum

Last edited by OldManHook; 07-25-2010 at 11:50 PM. Reason: Two Posts,Same OP
 
Old 07-26-2010, 05:46 AM   #14
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First, the keyboard error: Google tells me it can be one of several things, some of which may depend on how old the computer is.

1) Possibly stuck key in keyboard (or false error because you're pressing F9 or whatever during boot).
2) Dirty inner keyboard parts, such as the connector where the cable inside the keyboard is attached.
3) Bad keyboard connector on the motherboard (try a USB keyboard or replace motherboard :/).

If the keyboard otherwise seems to work OK, I'd ignore the error for the time being. But if it persists when no keys are pressed during power-up, consider trying a working keyboard from another computer, and see what happens.)

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Second.. The DVD drive: Is this a PATA/IDE connected drive, or a SATA drive?

I'm guessing PATA, the type with the wide flat ribbon-cable connecting it to the motherboard? If so:

1) make sure it's not connected to the same cable as your CD-ROM drive, since having two optical drives on one cable can possible cause problems. As a last resort, for testing, remove your CD-ROM drive and connect only the DVD.

2) Verify that the jumper or switch(es) on the back end of the DVD drive are set to <M> or <Master> if it is the only device on the cable, and that it is connected to the END connector on the ribbon. If there is already a master device (like a hard disk) on this same cable, then the DVD should be in the MIDDLE connector on the ribbon, and the jumper or switches on the back should be set to <S> or <Slave>.

2.b) If it's a SATA drive, with a small skinny (1/4 inch) cable connecting it, then the above steps do not apply.

3) Enter the BIOS of the computer (check your user manual or Google for your motherboard to figure out how to enter BIOS if you don't know) and make sure that the DVD drive appears in some portion of the BIOS menus, either in the "Boot Devices" area, or in the "Hard Drive & Optical Drive Configuration" area.

By following 1, 2, and 3 above, you should be able to get the DVD drive recognized by the BIOS, and be able to boot from it. If you still have no luck, re-read step one, and switch out your CD drive and put the DVD there instead and see how that works. If not, I'd investigate updating your BIOS, if there is a BIOS upgrade to be had for your machine. If still no luck, please tell us what kind of computer it is, what make & model of motherboard if you know that, and how old the machine is.

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Finally:
You wrote:
Quote:
The ubuntu detects the drive as I see the light on the drive.
At what point in the entire process of anything, do you see the light on the DVD drive? Is this when Ubuntu is loaded up and you are at the desktop? Or is it just when the computer turns on and you haven't fully booted it yet?
So far, I see no evidence that Ubuntu sees the drive, although it *probably* does -- to test this, boot Ubuntu, and from your desktop, try ejecting the DVD drive, and/or putting some media into it and playing it. Does this work?


Keep us posted, and good luck!
 
Old 07-27-2010, 10:02 PM   #15
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Hi Sasha,

Nothing is working. I went into the BIOS, even the BIOS shows

IDE CD-ROM First
Diskette Drive second
USB Third
Hard Drive Fourth
Compaq Ethernet controller Fifth

I even tried your suggestion. There was a cable (with 4 inputs) to the CD ROM Drive. I removed that and inserted into DVD drive.

When I turn on the system, I see DVD is recognized and shows the details for the DVD drive.

I could atleast see the BIOS information:

Compaq EVO D510 CMT
 
  


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