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Old 02-14-2011, 09:29 PM   #1
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can't boot to any Linux CD/DVD


I have just built a new PC, nothing fancy, but new. Installed Windows 7 64 bit. I have burned an image of Ubuntu 32 bit, Ubuntu 64 bit, and Linux Mint DE.

None of these will boot up. The Ubuntu will get to a point where I can see a jumbled mess on my screen, with pieces of my Windows desktop showing through in pieces.

The Linux Mint acts like it is booting, then eventually hangs with nothing but a black display.

Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks
 
Old 02-14-2011, 09:38 PM   #2
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Just to make sure it's not the discs, have you tested them in another computer?
 
Old 02-14-2011, 09:39 PM   #3
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How are you burning?
 
Old 02-14-2011, 09:50 PM   #4
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I have not tried them in another PC. I will try on the laptop and see what happens.

The first Ubuntu was probably burned using Nero. The last two I let default Windows burn to disc.

Thanks
 
Old 02-14-2011, 10:08 PM   #5
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check their respective MD5sum values.
 
Old 02-14-2011, 10:09 PM   #6
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This is a shot in a dark, but, if you were burning *.iso files, did you use the "burn image" tool in Nero to do so. Otherwise, you might have just copied the *.iso file to the disk without actually recreating the imaged files and file structure.

I've made that mistake myself, long after I should have known better.
 
Old 02-14-2011, 10:54 PM   #7
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I was able to get my most recent burn of Ubuntu to boot and run live on my laptop.

So it would appear the burn is OK.

So I am looking at a hardware issue with the new PC?

I have never tried "burning" and ISO file to a thumb drive, not sure how to do it, but would that maybe be something to try on the desktop?

Thanks for the help, much appreciated.
 
Old 02-14-2011, 11:03 PM   #8
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Are you using onboard graphics?
And are you sure that you moved cdrom up on boot priority list?
 
Old 02-14-2011, 11:06 PM   #9
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I do not have onboard graphics.

The boot order is OK, it does attempt to boot from the disk, but then freezes.

Thanks.
 
Old 02-14-2011, 11:16 PM   #10
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I have never tried "burning" and ISO file to a thumb drive, not sure how to do it, but would that maybe be something to try on the desktop?

You can try Unetbootin utility to make a Live-USB. It detects the USB as you attach to it, then simply give the path to .iso and start.

Hope it helps
 
Old 02-14-2011, 11:35 PM   #11
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Last dumb question;
This unit was originally data storage,is it setup as slave?
Not sure if it matters, but when setup as slave is the MBR utilized?
 
Old 02-15-2011, 09:01 AM   #12
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Last dumb question;
This unit was originally data storage,is it setup as slave?
Not sure if it matters, but when setup as slave is the MBR utilized?

yes !
 
Old 02-15-2011, 09:16 AM   #13
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disregard previous comment.

Last edited by citi; 02-15-2011 at 09:24 AM. Reason: he said the most recent burn ran live on notebook
 
Old 02-15-2011, 09:22 AM   #14
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it could also be that the iso itself is corrupted try downloading it again
No, just use the md5sum to verify it.

In Linux:

Code:
$ md5sum path/to/image.iso
<a bunch of seemingly random hexadecimal digits>  path/to/image.iso
Now check that the hexadecimal digits match the md5sum on the downloads page of your distro.

Last edited by MTK358; 02-15-2011 at 09:25 AM.
 
Old 02-15-2011, 10:04 AM   #15
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I just burned PCLinux, and it did boot! I can run it live.
 
  


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