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I've settled on my gateway Linux distro -- Ubuntu. If it works out well for me and I get the bug, I may upgrade to one of the more commercial distros. That aside, I need to get myself up and running with Ubuntu first.
I have, sitting on the floor next to me here, my wife's old cast-off computer. It's a Dell Dimension XPS T450 with a Pentium 3 processor, 256 RAM currently running Windows 2000. It got wormed a couple of times over a year or two back, so it's ripe for installing a new OS.
Now, I've downloaded the Ubuntu installation file (warty-release-install-i386.iso) and burned it to CD-ROM. I've confirmed the BIOS settings of the computer on which I'm going to run it, making sure that the CD-ROM drive boots first. I've loaded the CD and rebooted, and...STARTUP checks the CD-ROM drive for a moment or two, then skips right past it and proceeds to boot up Windows 2000 again.
I'm digging through various online sources, but not finding any conclusive answers thus far, so I'm turning this to you good folks. What's going wrong here? Machine error or user error?
1) check the md5sum for the iso image, possibly the boot sector is corrupted, if failed, re-download/burn
2) check to see if the cd will boot on another computer (one you know will boot cd's). If it boots there, your cd drive is bad, get another one
3) if it doesnt boot in step 2, try using another cd. its possible the cd itself is damaged
Check the contents of the CD. Is it full of directories or just an ISO file. If the later then what burning app did you use? Be sure to select Create CD from ISO image with Nero or Roxio. If all you have is XP then you can not simply drag and drop to create a bootable CD. You also can not extract the files and create a bootable CD either.
[QUOTE]Originally posted by michaelk Check the contents of the CD. Is it full of directories or just an ISO file.[quote]I've checked -- just the ISO shows.
If the later then what burning app did you use? Be sure to select Create CD from ISO image with Nero or Roxio.
My current computer sports only Easy CD Creator. However, the targeted soon-to-be-Linux computer has Roxio on it. I'll try linking the DSL line to it and do the download again before burning a new copy.
For reference, what should show on the file contents once the installer is downloaded?
[Edit: Scrap that idea. The target computer has neither an Ethernet nor USB port. On 1998 vintage hardware? What the heck's up with that?]
Last edited by Ian Absentia; 11-16-2004 at 04:30 PM.
After some problems with underrun errors on my CD writer, I got a functioning copy of the boot CD burned and Ubuntu is currently loading right next to me here. So far, it looks like it has detected all devices properly and it's chugging along.
Thanks again to all who replied. I'm sure I'll be posting to this forum again in the days to come.
Well, truth be told, after only one day, I'm a little dissatisfied with Ubuntu thus far. I'm sure that most of my problem is the usual cross-OS shock one has to expect when jumping feet first into a new OS without documentation. Also, a number of functionalities aren't working quite right (unable to connect to the Internet by DSL, unable to open the application to reset the clock, network settings won't open when clicked, etc.). Probably, this is mostly simple ignorance, but somethings just seem distinctly awry. The default desktop, however, looks fantastic.