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Old 05-28-2014, 01:44 PM   #1
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cd/dvd boot problem


I have tried putting Ubuntu 10.4 on my Toshiba Sattelite laptop with no luck. I am set to boot cd first if present. I have also tried a fresh dld of 10.4 and 14.04. All with the same results. It says it can't boot from disk. Try another option in boot manager. I can't do that now because my mem stick is to small. I really don't want to buy another on my present budget. If I run wubi.exe it says ubuntu/winboot/wubi x 7or.mbr missing. Are there any sugestions?
 
Old 05-28-2014, 02:23 PM   #2
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Have you tried booting your cds from another computer to see if the problem lies with the computer or with the cds?
You don't mention the size of your mem stick but you might be able to use Debian's netinstall.
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netinst CD image (generally 150-280 MB, varies by architecture)
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:27 PM   #3
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I have an ancient Toshiba Satellite - it only has 512 MB of memory!
If yours is the same, then Ubuntu is too greedy a distro for you.

There are many alternatives...
 
Old 05-28-2014, 06:44 PM   #4
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You need the best quality cd to start with. I use the ones that are black in color, not sure why but they seem to be better. You have to burn the disc at the very slowest speed possible. As always, test the iso md5 or shal.

May even need to create a swap partition before you attempt install or use graphic install.

I'd also suggest you post specs of this system. It may be that you need a non-pae or an option for non-pae. Generally can't boot means you don't get that far.
 
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:05 AM   #5
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10.04 desktop is no longer supported only the server is.
If it's a desktop choose a supported version.
I would also try debian because it offers non-pae kernel if needed.

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Old 05-29-2014, 01:52 PM   #6
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You need the best quality cd to start with. I use the ones that are black in color, not sure why but they seem to be better. You have to burn the disc at the very slowest speed possible. As always, test the iso md5 or shal.

May even need to create a swap partition before you attempt install or use graphic install.

I'd also suggest you post specs of this system. It may be that you need a non-pae or an option for non-pae. Generally can't boot means you don't get that far.
Win 8.1
toshiba Satalite c855d
amd -e 300 apu radeon hd graphics 1.30 ghz
ram 4g
64 bit os x64 based proccessor

I have seen it mentioned several times that istalation from usb memstick is possible. I h, ave never tried it that way, but might have to. I think I neded about 4g.
 
Old 05-29-2014, 05:25 PM   #7
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Ohhh, you have a different issue.

Since you have Win 8 you need to look at one of a few ways to run linux. Personally I suggest you stop right now and just use a free virtual machine to run both windows and linux at the same time.

You need to read up on how to install ubuntu to a secure boot uefi system. Ubuntu help pages have a few ways to try. Be sure you know what you are doing.

The systems I have seen have two cd choices. One is for uefi and the other would be regular disabled cd. The distro has to support latest technology for you to use no bios change. Otherwise you can disable it all and load linux on it. Forget Ubuntu 10 at this point. While you are at it you can try latest Fedora or OpenSuse. Again be sure you have recovery media if you insist on dual boot.

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Old 05-29-2014, 07:13 PM   #8
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Debian also has efi support now
 
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I agree with jefro. Installing Linux in a dual-boot with Windows 8 difficult at best. For now you would be better off with a VM. It is possible, but you really need to know what you're doing.4

For a VM, VirtualBox is used a lot. It's free and open source, and I've never had any problems with it.

If you still really insist on having a dual-boot, look at the Arch Wiki page for GRUB, especially this part. Basically, you install GRUB like normal, then you manually add an entry for Windows in the grub.cfg.
 
Old 05-30-2014, 12:26 PM   #10
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I find that is a rather sad situation.

Is it straightforward to wipe Windows 8 and install Linux in a UEFI BIOS situation?
 
Old 05-30-2014, 02:27 PM   #11
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I agree with jefro. Installing Linux in a dual-boot with Windows 8 difficult at best. For now you would be better off with a VM. It is possible, but you really need to know what you're doing.4

For a VM, VirtualBox is used a lot. It's free and open source, and I've never had any problems with it.

If you still really insist on having a dual-boot, look at the Arch Wiki page for GRUB, especially this part. Basically, you install GRUB like normal, then you manually add an entry for Windows in the grub.cfg.
Tanks. I will try the virtual machine. I had good luck running xp and ubuntu that way. That is if I can remembedr how
 
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[.QUOTE=jefro;5178978]Ohhh, you have a different issue.

Since you have Win 8 you need to look at one of a few ways to run linux. Personally I suggest you stop right now and just use a free virtual machine to run both windows and linux at the same time.

You need to read up on how to install ubuntu to a secure boot uefi system. Ubuntu help pages have a few ways to try. Be sure you know what you are doing.
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The systems I have seen have two cd choices. One is for uefi and the other would be regular disabled cd. The distro has support latest technology for you to use no bios change. Otherwise you can disable it all and load linux on it. Forget Ubuntu 10 at this point. While you are at it you can try latest Fedora or OpenSuse. Again be sure you have recovery media if you insist on dual boot.[/QUOTE]

I can't use a virtual box because "amd 5 is diabled in bios." I have got to get in there and enable it. So far I have been unable to get into bios since I put in a program that purported to help install linux from dvd. What it did was to place an option to boot either linux or windows. I believe this is stopping me from entering bios. Exactly what is the procedure for getting to bios. I have tried the usual f keys but no luck. I guess I will have to try them one by one until, hopefully, I hit the right one. That takes between 2 and 3 minutes per cycle.
As a side, I also need to disable the built in pad mouse. I am using my optical mouse which is better, I think.
 
Old 05-31-2014, 12:40 PM   #13
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So far I have been unable to get into bios
Maybe this link will help you.
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I put in a program that purported to help install linux from dvd.
Can you tell us exactly what program that was.
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Old 05-31-2014, 10:01 PM   #14
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Not sure what way to go. I guess the system may not support AMD-V even if processor does.

We need what jdkaye asks as to what is this bios program. Wubi??

Usually you don't need to disable touchpad. You simply add in extra mouse or even keyboard. In some cases you might be able to disable in bios. Might take some work to disable in linux.
 
  


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