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It could be that the iso wasn't burned correctly, in which case it wouldn't boot. It must be burned using the 'burn image' option which may be worded slightly differently depending upon what burning app you are using.
Try booting the burned cdrom on a different machine to make sure it's actually bootable. If it is, then you need to make sure the BIOS allows for booting from a cd and change the setting if not. Boot from cd should be the very first option in the boot sequence.
Also, journeyer needs to make sure he's burning the ISOs correctly, i.e. as disk images, not data CDs. To check, insert the CD into a working computer and open it. If you single iso file, that's not right. It should have several files and directories. The iso needs to be burned as an image.
here is some of the easy distro's, some are easier to use for a newb and others are easier to install but as i have a penchant for trying anything new, i have played with these ones and shown others how easy they are...
Xandros4, simple, easy install and easy setup, nearly all works perfect....
Ubuntu, easy to install, live boots so you can try it first, a few plugins need to be installed but works great off the disc...
Fedora 7, easy to install, has some great features, can get live disc, but again a few plugins needed, but not hard...
knoppix, has great live boot disc, not bad to use at all...
Debian, hmmm, i enjoy it but more the hackers distro, installs easy tho....
and one of my favourites of late, SUSE SLED 10 SP1, only mod i needed to do was add windows codecs for movie playing, has a few lil bugs, but you'll get over them quick...
Just remember the famous saying while installing and using a PC..."read whats on the screen before clicking"
Linux will essentially set its self up, by using the default settings, just ensure you read whats written, and dont mind a linux box only....
Distribution: Mepis and Fedora, also Mandrake and SuSE PC-BSD Mint Solaris 11 express
Originally Posted by Journeyer
I have tried to boot Ubuntu iso from disk, would not boot. Comp loads linux xp, and asks for registration. Tried debian iso from cd, would not boot. same problem. So I decided ..fine, at least I can use the comp. if I pay the d**n extortion. Now it gives me the error mentioned in the previous post when I try to register. I came to this forum because I am new to anything but Windows OS. I am quite capable of following instructions to correct the problem, and I am describing the results and the symptoms to the best of my abilities. If my using this forum to try and work through these issues is boring or irritating LINUX GODS like Matty, just say so. I (in my ignorance) assumed the newbie forum @ www.linuxquestions.org would be the place to go. I really appreciate any assistance any of the "lesser" dieties on Mt. Linux would deign to impart. Here is the situation:
I have a cd containing the debian iso in the comp. I have managed to get to what I think is the command prompt. I have grub> on the screen. How do I give the command to boot from the disk?
Regards and humble genuflections,
In a way, it is my fault. You have to change the boot order in the BIOS to boot from the CD drive before the hard drive. That way, the live DVD or CD has a chance to work its magic. If you go with something like Fedora 7 and have enough RAM (1 gig or more) you can run it from RAM to get an idea about how fast the distro naturally is. Usually the BIOS has a section called BOOT. Some computers also have an option to choose the boot device. It is usually only displayed for 1/2 of a second so you have to pay attention. You can usually also see how to get into the BIOS itself as the machine starts up. Again, it will say something like Hit F10, F12 or <Delete> or Backspace or something like that to enter Setup or BIOS.
I agree with most everyone else here. Nuke XP Linux and start Fresh. I have had more stability in Linux when Reiser is the file system. If the distro gives you the option for file system, choose this one. The others are EXT2 and EXT3 respectively usually.
the F1 key is the one to press, while the logo is showing or the post screen, depending if the logo is enabled or not...
right arrow to "boot" menu and go down to "boot device priority" and click "enter"
in this menu you need to highlight "cd rom" and press enter, this will move it to the top possition...
then use up arrow, then right arrow to the next menu...
and highlight save and quit, and answer yes to save and quit...
If this is your first encounter with linux...I would recommend PCLinux2007 or KUbunto. However PCLinux2007 may be a little easier for you, because the control panels are simple and located right on the main panel. Download the CD and boot up with it and run the install. When it asks you select the harddrive...select use entire disk. It will install then you reboot...Now you are on linux! Not Linux XP???