Compaq Presario Lappy & Desktop won't boot into Linux Live CDs
Newb to Linux but have been messing with it for a couple months. I've been able to run several distros from live CD and I do have some specific questions regarding Linux which I'll ask at a later time.This post is regarding inability to boot distros in a friends system.
He has 2 Compaqs...a laptop presario 2000 and a desktop thats about 3yrs old with an intel processor and both bypass the linux discs he burned and boot right into windows XP. Bios in both systems is set to boot cd drive as the first device.
He brought his laptop over tonight and we tried MY discs with the same results. We tried 4 flavors. When Mandriva, Ubuntu and Freespire discs are installed the cursor flashes for a minute like something is going to happen...but NO Linux boot screens ever appear and there are NO error messages or system hangs. After a minute or so of cursor flashing...the laptop just boots into windows XP like there is no disc in the drive.
The 4th one we tried...and the only one that worked is Puppy. It boots in the laptop without issue and works fine except for the wi-fi. Since its such a small distro...I'm not even sure it supports wi-fi. The main issue is why does the laptop boot and run Puppy live cd but not Mandriva, Ubuntu or Freespire??
It's not the discs. Minor issues aside (which I'll address in a future thread) those same 4 discs boot and run fine in both of my Homebrew systems...A New Intel dual core desktop(E8400/Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L) and a 5 year old AMD system (Sempron 2500/Asus A7V8X-X).
I figure whatever is causing the boot issue in my friends Compaq laptop is the same problem with his Compaq desktop so if we can get one going...the other should work too.
Last edited by Dave448; 08-23-2008 at 04:15 PM.