Originally Posted by jerrynewt
First post here and as you will see I am reallllly a newbie! Just purchased the Linux for Dummies from amazon.com and am trying to wrap my (Windows XP) head around this. I am trying to copy the DVD that came with the book. It has the Fedora Core 5 on it along with the Knoppix distro and some others. The Compaq 5900Z that I want to install the Fedora Core on cannot read DVD's, and I was wondering how to get the files over to a usable CD for that machine. I am now on a Gateway GT5012, Pent D, 1024 Ram, 250 gig HD- that I will be using to try and get this task underway. Any helpful advice or guideance would be sooooo appreciated. Thanks ahead of time and Happy Holidays.
Let me see. DVD to CD. Nope, won't fit. DVD holds approx 7 times the data of CD. Machine can't read DVD? Look at the front of your optical drive, the one with the slide in slide out coffee cup holder. Does it have a little logo on it that says DVD or does it have a logo that says Compact Disk? If not go buy a DVD drive. DVD is the newer of the two. A DVD unit can read CD's, but a CD unit will never read a DVD. There is not a single thing in the world that is "forwards" compatible.
Hope this helps to clear your confusion.
shorty -(the cynical) in Australia.
best of luck, Linux IS fun.
Christmas greetings and best wishes for the new year.