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Old 09-30-2014, 02:22 PM   #1
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Booting up linux from CD


So, I have HP Compaq DC 7900 with Windows XP Pro OS. I'm trying to boot zorin linux from the cd but Windows XP is defaulted. I changed the BIOS order (cd drive 1st) but it still boots to Windows XP. Any assistance will be much appreciated.
 
Old 09-30-2014, 03:30 PM   #2
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Did you burn the disk as an image or just burn the files onto the disk?
 
Old 09-30-2014, 04:01 PM   #3
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RE: Booting up linux from CD

As a file
 
Old 09-30-2014, 04:13 PM   #4
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You need to create the cd as an iso, an image else it will not boot. If you are using windows to burn it, I would recommend ImageBurn, it has always worked for me. Burn it at a slow speed also as it helps burn without errors. If you are using Linux to burn it, XFburn or Brasero or K3B all work well, just remember burn as an image!
 
Old 09-30-2014, 10:22 PM   #5
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To build on what jkirchner said, a *.iso file is a disk image. In your burning program, you have to find to option to "burn from an image" (the wording may vary). Then burning the *.iso will recreate the files and file structure of an installation disk.

If the *.iso file is just copied to a disk, all you end up with is a copy of the *.iso file. I know. I've done it.
 
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As above but also..

Burn at the very slowest speed you can. Be sure to use best quality disc. Don't use a cd-rw to start. Those old machines may still have an older version of cd reader.

It still is wise to test download of the iso by some means. Either by using a md5 or shal program or some distro's boot up and let you test the cd. (that would be best)
 
  


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