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Old 01-22-2006, 06:34 PM   #1
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Unhappy cannot boot debian onto laptop, cdrom problem


Hi
I've been messing with this for a while--even though I get the boot prompt and I'm able to choose language, country, keyboard, etc, right after that when it's supposed to load installer components from CD, I get the message that "there was a problem reading data from the CDROM. Pls make sure it is in the drive. If retrying doesnt work, you should check the integrity of your CDROM.....Failed to copy file from CDROM" Then I checked the integrity and it said that "the cdrom you have inserted is not a valid debian cdrom. pls change the disk."
I ordered a second disk from where I bought it, got the same message.

I am trying to install debian on a dell inspiron 3500. I also tried to boot off a floppy but I couldnt even get the computer to read floppies or even format them. I have been trying to boot off the cd with the bios priority set to cdrom first.

I think that I may need to add something to the boot argument I've been using: linux netcfg/disable_dhcp=true debian-installer/framebuffer=false
but I don't know what. I dont even know what these commands do or mean, I just want to install this on the computer already. I saw a troubleshooting page on debian.org about old cdroms, but I don't know what to do with the info they have listed...
And what is this about parameter hd???
There was a link to linux on laptops, but the one for my computer doesnt exist anymore....
PLEASE I just need somebody who's been through this or knows what to do, to tell me what to do. I cant seem to figure it out on my own, with whatever info I've seen so far....
Thanks to ANYBODY who could help...!!!!!
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Old 01-22-2006, 06:40 PM   #2
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If I were you I would download a LiveRun CD of Knoppix (or any distro of your choice) and see if your laptop will boot from that.
Maybe you should just download your own install discs since who ever you ordered from keeps sending you faulty discs. Linux is free to download for anyone who wants it. Finally,

1.) What boot loader are you using?
2.) Is the boot loader giving you error messages or is it just freezing or what?
3.) How old is your laptop (since your worried about having to boot with the "old cd drive" parameter?
4.) If you give links to the help pages you don't understand maybe we can help you get through what they've told you to do on them.

Good luck!
 
Old 01-22-2006, 06:48 PM   #3
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I tried to give links but the forum wouldnt let me--im too new or something. the laptop is not THAT old, was running windows 98 originally.

I;m so sorry but I don't know what you mean by "boot loader". I just put in the 1st of the debian installer cd's, booted off of that....
Nothing ever froze, I just got those error messages I mentioned when trying to install from the CD.

I originally tried my own discs but was wasting so much time downloading and burning them wrong (somehow) that I thought I'd actually save time/$ in the long run by ordering the whole set complete...

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-22-2006, 06:49 PM   #4
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now maybe after 5 posts it will let me put in urls...

http://www.aboutdebian.com/install31.htm

http://www.debian.org/releases/stabl...h05s03.html.en
 
Old 01-22-2006, 07:14 PM   #5
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Don't worry about the boot loader part, I read your first post wrong, you've haven't even gotten to use a boot loader yet.

When you download and burn your own CDs make sure you download and burn the ".iso" files, not the md5 files or something else. The files you download and burn should be 600+ MB in size.

If you can get into the install and start it, then you don't need to worry about booting up with special parameters for old CD drives. Your CD drive is working just fine. I don't know what to tell you about the CDs being corrupt during install but not corrupt according the cd integrity program.

My advice is to try another distro, see if it will install, sometimes problems are distro specific. Maybe someone else can help you more, sorry!
 
Old 01-22-2006, 07:26 PM   #6
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yeah I dl'd and burned an iso file, over 600mb's, and it too does the EXACT same thing...
I'm really frustrated because I spent some time researching which distro and chose this one for its apparent ease in installation/functioning, as well as the fact that it's good for audio programs, which I'm planning on using the laptop for...only.

I'm still thinking that there's something wrong with my cdrom drive? but you seem to think it's the discs?

Thanks...
 
Old 01-22-2006, 07:43 PM   #7
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Well the two boot arguments you used do the following:

netcfg/disable_dhcp=true --> this disables DHCP, you'll only want this if you a static IP address which was given to you by your ISP. So this has nothing to do with your CD-ROM drive. Odds are you have DHCP.

debian-installer/framebuffer=false --> this, when set to false, disables the framebuffer which is a tool to help speed up the process on slower machines. This might actually help when set to true because your laptop has some, by today's standards, slower hardware. Again this has nothing to do with your CD-ROM drive though.
 
  


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