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Old 05-03-2009, 06:15 AM   #1
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Architecture? and why; remove disks or any other meda and restart?


Hello everyone.

My first thread in here, which i have created because of my failure, of the past 4 days trying to install linux on a "live cd" or usb pen.

First of all; i dont know which product to choose.
All of the products run on different kinds of "architecture".
I havent got any clue, what so ever, of what kind of architecture my computer uses. So any help for that would be great.

Second of all; i have used around 20 hours or so, trying all kinds of different versions and techniques, and all i seem to be getting, is this message: "Please remove disks or other media, and press any key to restart". I get this message EVERY time i tell my computer to boot from cd/dvd or usb flashdrive. So if anybody would be kind enough to help me with this, i would be greatfull.

Pre-Thanks


-Skurk
 
Old 05-03-2009, 06:34 AM   #2
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For the "architecture" question, chances are you're going to want the "x86" version. This means it will run on any computer with a Pentium-based CPU. This includes most Intel, AMD, Via, and any other system that can run regular Windows. You could also choose the AMD64 (or x86_64) type, but then it will only run on newer 64-bit systems (64 bit systems can run 32 bit OS's, but not vice-versa).

I'm not sure how to help you with your second problem. Truthfully I don't have much experience with stick-based distros. But first you should make sure you have the correct architecture installed, of course. After that, assuming you've installed it correctly, you need to double-check that the computer's bios is set to boot from USB.

If you still can't get it to work after that, you need to post back here with more details about what you've tried and exactly how it's failing. IOW, you need to post exactly what happened before, during, and after it failed, including the exact error messages if possible. You also need to tell us more about the system(s) you're attempting to use it on.
 
Old 05-03-2009, 07:19 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by skurk View Post
I havent got any clue, what so ever, of what kind of architecture my computer uses. So any help for that would be great.
Most recent computers use x86-64, also known as AMD64.

Most old computers use x86, which may be called i386, i486, i586 or i686 in various contexts or distributions. All the x86-64 computers will also work if you select the older x86 architecture.

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"Please remove disks or other media, and press any key to restart".
I think that means you burned the .iso image onto the CD incorrectly. Some CD burning programs make that process quite confusing.

I assume you downloaded some .iso file. Your CD burning software has an option to copy files or folders to CD. That is not the right thing to do. If you do that to a .iso file, the software will wrap the bootable .iso file into a non bootable .iso and write that to CD, giving the symptom you described.

Your CD burning software has some option to burn an image. I don't know exactly what it is called in your software.

I use ImgBurn, which is free, easy, reliable, and less confusing than many other CD burning programs. I'm using version 2.4.2.0, which has a top level operation window in which "Write image file to disc" is the operation you would want and "Write files/folders to disc" is the equivalent of the wrong operation I think you used in your own program.

The naming of those has varied across versions of ImgBurn, which is a little annoying. But that choice in ImgBurn has never been as confusing I thought it was in Nero, etc.
 
Old 05-03-2009, 07:41 AM   #4
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Hi,

Most PC machines are -i86x compatible. GNU/Linux distributions can be distributed with the -i86x compatibility with the availability for other architectures. You can go to your manufacture site to list the machines specifications or do a Google. Check out LQ HCL or LQ Search for possible lists.

If you downloaded a cd/dvd iso then be sure to check the md5sum for the original iso. From the cli;

Code:
~#cd /downloadisolocation      #cdromiso.iso cdromiso.md5 

~#md5sum -c cdromiso.md5       #substitute the correct name to check
This will check the download iso with the known md5sum that you should also get with the iso download , note you must get this separately unless you wild card..

You could have a bad burn, to check the cd/dvd with the original iso md5, use this CdromMd5sumsAfterBurning.

If you are using M$Win then 'md5sum.exe' would be useful.

A little work on your part to check the cd/dvd to original iso but worth the effort.

These links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 05-03-2009, 07:50 AM   #5
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Hi guys. Thanks alot for your answers. They really cleared up my head. Though Im pretty sure that my computer is not AMD64, but the earlier version.
Does that mean that i could go with Feather Linux or any other "intel compatible" program?
 
  


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