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Old 03-03-2012, 12:13 AM   #1
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CD booting problems - //sqfs_disk/pmagic-6.6.sqfs


I am 2 weeks into the Linux world so please excuse me for any ignorance. I'm going to be fairly thorough with my explanation as I've read about this in the forum. There are some "answers" to this problem, but none that satisfy my situation.

1. Computer: Compaq c700 series - laptop, 2gb ram - sandbox computer
2. I did a DOD erase of my hard disk
3. I tried to install a Linux distro afterwards.
a. Ubuntu - would not boot, CD just went dead;
b. Fedora 16 - would boot, try to load, then ultimately fail;
c. Xubuntu - would boot, try to load, then ultimately fail;
d. Ultimate Boot CD - will not boot with msg: //sqfs_disk/pmagic- 6.6.sqfs
e. Linux Mint - booted immediately and completely;
f. Xpud - booted immediately and completely
g. Puppy (3 versions) - booted immediately and completely;

4. I have no issues booting from a USB bootable drive, I have (2) SATA 160GB external drives, and (2) USB 8GB sticks with OS's on them, no problems whatsoever;

Originally, I just thought it might be the different platform of the operating systems (I'm still a newbie so I'm not sure I'm right on the fact there's a difference). Then, with Ubuntu (GNOME), Fedora, and XBUNTU being different (?) I decided to try to just boot the Ultimate CD Repair disk. That's when I got this error "//sqfs_disk/pmagic- 6.6.sqfs".

I receive the same results when trying to boot/load/run in a Virtual Machine.

Something happened between the time before I did the DOD wipe, and now, as I never had a problem before with any CD booting, loading, running Live. Also, installing instead of "trying" demonstrated the same issues.

I've tried CMOS settings, I have the boot order as follows:
Floppy USB
CD/DVD
USB Hard Drive
Internal Hard Drive

SATA is enabled

In addition, my bootable iso's are all good CD's as they all boot, run properly in a desktop machine.

I hope this answers some of the basic questions so I can determine which way to go to solve what I think is some sort of CD drive problem.

Please keep in mind, I am a newbie and if you don't like or want to respond in a practical way that I can follow, use of understandable terms... I understand.

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Old 03-03-2012, 01:42 PM   #2
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I don't have any answers, especially as you probably know more than I do. Just want to relate a story from years ago with a Toshiba A10 laptop. Replaced a dead hdd, but it would not install XP from its own manufactured restore discs. Partway into the install it began returning error msgs, "unable to read xxx file." It then proceeded to install Win2K from my own burned disc without any problems. Go figure.
 
Old 03-04-2012, 06:01 PM   #3
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I don't have any answers, especially as you probably know more than I do. Just want to relate a story from years ago with a Toshiba A10 laptop. Replaced a dead hdd, but it would not install XP from its own manufactured restore discs. Partway into the install it began returning error msgs, "unable to read xxx file." It then proceeded to install Win2K from my own burned disc without any problems. Go figure.
Ok, let's throw one more wrench into the bit work:

I had some bad sectors on the hard drive (SATA), and I had an external hard drive (SATA). So, I switched them out. I ran the same cycle of "boots" on the CD's. I even ran them without a hard drive in the laptop. Same results. I suppose in reality it's not a big deal because I can boot anything from a live USB, but it grates on my nerves to have something like this that just doesn't make logical sense in the only logical world left. Computers don't do anything unless the 1010101's tell them to. Maybe eventually with all my testing and limited current knowledge of Linux, and programming, I can figure out a few more things along the way.

So, summary: with or without the hard drive, or different hard drives, I have the same problem, my CD drive is selectively booting some derivatives of UBUNTU CD's, and puppy, but not UBUNTU, Fedora .... someone save my last strands of hair before I rub the last strands away.
 
Old 03-04-2012, 11:27 PM   #4
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A couple of years ago I had issues with Ubuntu booting. The computer was a new desktop build with an Athlon X2. Exact details are getting fuzzy now (aging memory) but it would not boot with some linux 64-bit live/install discs, both Ubuntu and Fedora. I think the solution was to change a bios setting, and it might have been ACPI. My memory says it had to be switched to the opposite of what Windows needed. I installed Ubuntu, but post-install it would not boot. Suse was successful, and I used it. These were on separate partitions, set up prior to any installing. My reading at the time led me to believe that the Ubuntu issue post-intall was related to a new method of identifying the hdd or the partitions on it that Ubuntu had begun using. This was not the 4k sector issue; that came later.

Don't know if this is of any use to you with your problem, but perhaps the distros you are trying have different requirements re bios settings for ACPI, or another bios switch setting. I would expect at this point that all the distros can handle a hdd with the new 4k sectors. With this being a laptop and the bios being a limited OEM bios you won't have the options and flexibility that a proper desktop motherboard non-OEM bios would give you. Nevertheless, major distros like the ones you've tried ought to work with standard recent hardware (google tells me the C700 series is Core2Duo). Perhaps a little googling about your problem might turn up some forum posts with similar situations and some answers. Good luck.
 
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Sounds like the cdrom drive is failing,try cleaning the lens
 
  


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