computer does not give option to boot lucid puppy from cd/usb
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The common keys to choose boot device or go into the BIOS and change boot sequence are one of them:
F2, Delete, F12, F7
You can also test all of the F keys when computer is about to boot, you must press them directly after you pressed the power, reset button or rebooted the computer, before Windows or other OS installed on your computer starts.
And ESC is a common hotkey to get into the UEFI / BIOS and/or alternative boot menu. And some UEFI setups don't keep your settings between bootups. On a gateway machine I have I always have to swap the boot order to boot USB first, it will never save that setting(even when using F10 to SAVE and EXIT), and always defaults to booting windows. Not only that, but the hotkey for getting into the UEFI setup doesn't work, so I have to boot windows to reboot to the UEFI to boot linux on "THAT" machine (at EVERY boot). In addition to disabling secure boot and enabling CSM / Legacy at least once.
The key you need to access to enter the BIOS where you can change the boot priority to CD/USB should be shown on the screen when you boot. Usually it will tell you which key to press to "enter setup" and usually is visible for 3-5 seconds before it boots.
I have gone into bio and it still will not boot cd or usb. I have sony vaio 2001 pentium 3, 256ram, want to replace win xp. like the sound of lucid puppy, however; the laptop just doesn't see it upon booting. will go right to xp booting. I am new to Linux, and not doing well with using it or getting it to work. starting to give up on the thought of using Linux and stay with win xp, it may, suck but it work!! help, convince me to keep trying..
In your bios, under boot options, look for an option that says something about legacy mode or legacy boot. (the exact wording varies considerably from one machine to the next) Set your PC to legacy mode and try again.
P.S: If you're not comfortable with fiddling and experimenting you might find that Linux does not suit you. Most Linux users are 'stubborn' and keep whacking away at a problem until they find a solution.
I have gone into bio and it still will not boot cd or usb.
What did you change? You should have a boot option and under the boot option boot device priority. You say your computer is a 2001 with a pentium 3 processor and 256MB RAM. I doubt a computer that old will boot from a usb so you need to look for the CD option. Also, take a look at the Puppy Linux minimum system requirements below. Although it is possible to run with less than 256MB of RAM, they indicate 256MB plus a swap partition are more realistic.
it is not easy to make people using linux if they dont have a lot of energy ("anti-microsoft" "be-different" "linux" etc. energy).
You can ask a friend or a shop to help you in checking how to boot a notebook from CD (change the BIOS setup?) or from the floppy disk if your BIOS dont support the boot from CD now: it has first NOTHING to do with linux. You could install a russian system http://kolibrios.org instead of linux? on my AMD K6-III, it boots in 5 seconds !
Perhaps you have a floppy-reader on your PC and not a CD reader (please give the exact name and product description). You could install plop on the floppy drive http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanagers.html and after starting plop on the floppy, it will allow you (most probably) to start a CD where linux is on it.
If your CD drive is defect and the PC cannot boot from the drive, install another CD drive?
Perhaps is your BIOS a bit old and you could update it for making your pc booting from the CD?
So: such an old machine could be really fun.
My machine is older than your and dont boot from USB (according the BIOS): it boot from floppy or from CD. It can boot now from the USB: first it boot plop from the HDD and after this, it redirect to the USB 1.1 and I can boot linux distributions.
I have gone into bio and it still will not boot cd or usb. I have sony vaio 2001 pentium 3, 256ram, want to replace win xp. like the sound of lucid puppy, however;...
The boot from USB option is for 2006 and later computers. You'll probably need to chainload from an optical drive. Assuming the optical drive still works. Or you could replace the PATA (formerly IDE) drive with one with linux on it. And for a computer that old you'll likely need a non-pae kernel.
Perhaps get something new. I use an HP stream 11 now, $200-ish new, low power, low heat, and silent. The intel GPU is fairly flexible considering. The trackpad support currently sucks, but the rest of it works good. It will probably pay for itself twice in the coming year on power savings, for the laptop and the A/C I don't have to run to counter it's heat.