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Are you have your BIOS is set to boot from the DVD drive as it's first boot device? Also, under Windows are you able to correctly view the file on the DVD your burnt to make sure it has actually written correctly?
did you confirm that the download of the dvd iso was OK ???
The md5sum file that you might have noticed at the mirror that you downloaded the iso from would tell you that i.e. you download the iso and the md5sum file for it, you then need to get a small app to compare the md5sum number in the file, to the one that you get from the download.
They must be the same - even a single number different, could mean the difference between being able to install/run the dvd and not.
Thats one of the reasons I have suggested to others that they get "proper" boxed set copies of one of the main stream distros too start with. It makes the initial "linux experience" considerably smoother. Once you have an idea how stuff works then you can usually start getting other versions via download without too much difficulty.
Originally posted by Nylex To check the MD5 sums? You can use MD5summer.
Well done Nylex, I should have linked to md5summer - I forgot.
But when Reflex has "got it", just fire it up, and follow the instructions to "make an md5sum" from the downloaded ISO and it should be the same as the one that was downloaded from the ISO's mirror location.
All of the above are things that you should check, i.e.
- boot order read in BIOS
- the md5 hash value is the same on the website and thus no download errors have occurred.
One extra thing I would check is that you actually burnt an .iso to DVD and not just copied the download file to disk.
Depending on the software you used it might not have created an .iso disk. I know that nero has an iso option, but if you just used M$ "write file(s) to disk" you might not have a bootable disk.