[SOLVED] Can't get Linux to install/open on Dell laptop
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i have heard wonderful this about this program, but i seem to be having some trouble installing it (operator error, I'm sure!) i downloaded the correct version, burned it to a dvd, but when i reboot...nothing, just my regular operating system (vista).
i am no computer genius by any means, but i know how to follow directions and have fixed many things on my computer by myself with research, but this is frustrating the heck out of me!
What model Dell laptop and what distro/version of Linux?
Two things come to mind:
1. When you burned the image to DVD, did you use the "Burn Image" tool in your burning program? If you did not, all that happened was that the *.iso file got copied to the new medium; the image of the CD did not get recreated.
2. Have you checked to BIOS of the computer to make sure that "Boot from USB" is enabled and comes before "Boot from Hard Drive"? Alternatively, my Dells, during POST (Power On Self-Test), display a menu choice to choose the boot device (usually F12). You can hit the designated key and get a choice of boot options. Boot from the CD/DVD drive should be one of them.
OMG! you guys are awesome for responding so quick!
Yes, i did "Burn Image" to a dvd. if i open it (even on another computer) i can see the files are there, so i am hoping it is the second option you all are saying to check the BIOS. but where do i check that?
i downloaded the robolinux 32bit 7.4.1 and infrarecorder from the linux site, so i'm sure i have a legit version.
I have the Dell inspiron 1536. It is an older laptop running Windows Vista...
Did I answer all your questions?! lol
As I said I'm new to this and some of the lingo escapes me....