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Old 04-06-2008, 03:29 AM   #1
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"boot failed" message, please help


Dear all,

I am new to Linux. My compu runs on windows xp. I bought the book 'LInux for dummies' and wanted to install linux next to windows on another partition.
However, the program does not boot from the cd (that came with the book).
- I configured bios to start from cd-rom but this did not work

The book mentioned that this was possible and suggested booting from flopyy.
- So I configured a floppy (wit rawwrite etc.), configured bios to boot from floppy but then I got the message: boot failed.
- I even bought new floppies because I read somewhere that this might do the trick, but no luck.

Any help?

thnx in advance
 
Old 04-06-2008, 06:00 AM   #2
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A few thoughts which might help...

Are you sure the disk that came with the book is a CD ROM, maybe its a DVD ROM? Maybe the CD ROM drive you have won't read DVDs?

Have you made sure that you cd/dvd drive actually works by testing it with other CD's or DVD's, making sure that perhaps you can play or browse CD's and DVD's from within windows? because maybe your CD/DVD drive has failed.

When you change something in BIOS, are you remembering to save those changes when you exit the BIOS setup menus?

Which version and edition of "Linux for Dummies" book do you have? (there are a few editions and the discs that come with them vary).
 
Old 04-06-2008, 07:19 AM   #3
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Are you sure the disk that came with the book is a CD ROM, maybe its a DVD ROM? Maybe the CD ROM drive you have won't read DVDs?

--> Yes it is a cd-rom and yes I've tested it. Actually, I can open it in windows and 'browse it'.

Have you made sure that you cd/dvd drive actually works by testing it with other CD's or DVD's, making sure that perhaps you can play or browse CD's and DVD's from within windows? because maybe your CD/DVD drive has failed.

--> see before, my cd-rom player works fine.

When you change something in BIOS, are you remembering to save those changes when you exit the BIOS setup menus?

--> yes, I've tried almost every setting and saved it (F10), and reset it later etc..

Which version and edition of "Linux for Dummies" book do you have? (there are a few editions and the discs that come with them vary).

--> The book I have is: Linux For Dummies, SIXTH EDITION.
It contains: Fedora Core 3, Knoppix, Suse9.3, Mandrake 10.1, Linspire 5 and Xandros 3.

However, I didn't have the luxury to enjoy any of these because of the forementioned problem!!
 
Old 04-06-2008, 08:54 AM   #4
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What Linux distro are you trying to install.Did you do a checksum of the disk?This looks to me like the cd is corrupted.
 
Old 04-06-2008, 09:13 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Roy1976 View Post
--> The book I have is: Linux For Dummies, SIXTH EDITION.
It contains: Fedora Core 3, Knoppix, Suse9.3, Mandrake 10.1, Linspire 5 and Xandros 3.
I can't imagine that all that would fit on one CD. Here:
http://www.amazon.com/Linux-Dummies-.../dp/0764579371
it tells us that the book in fact comes with a DVD....

But never mind that.....Don't waste your time with the obsolete distros on that disk. Simply download the current version of any one of them and install.
 
  


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