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Old 04-10-2012, 11:06 AM   #1
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Over the holidays I downloaded the 32 bit version of Linux Mint Debian three times, burnt three discs (Verbatim DVD) with three different programs (K3B,Brasero and Linux Nero). Three disc's all ended up in the rubbish. Not one of the discs finished burning successfully. The hardware on my PC is in good working order, the software is usually consistently reliable. That leaves the downloads as suspect. A tip for folks who are downloading operating systems ... use a disc that is rewritable, otherwise you will be collecting a lot of coffee cup coasters.

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Old 04-10-2012, 11:14 AM   #2
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That leaves the downloads as suspect.
Because even if they were suspect they would still likely burn but just not work afterwards. Besides, you can check their integrity using the MD5sum -- that's what it's there for.
I've always found write-once optical media a bit hit and miss though that might be because I've always got old optical drives.
 
Old 04-10-2012, 11:17 AM   #3
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Two things to think about.

K3B does a md5sum check, and shows the user the results before you click Start for the burn. Did the md5sum check match? If not, then you are sure the burn will be bad.

Were the .iso files burned as .iso files? If not, coffee coasters.

There are tutorials on the Download Linux link on this site to help with md5sum checks and the correct burning procedures for various burning programs.
 
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I dispute this:Because even if they were suspect they would still likely burn but just not work afterwards. Besides, you can check their integrity using the MD5sum -- that's what it's there for.
I've always found write-once optical media a bit hit and miss though that might be because I've always got old optical drives.
The discs did burn, but finished with an Error message ... Re; MD5sum, the numbers checked out okay, so it wasn't that. I'm going to try again using rewritable media and see what happens ... I'll let you know the result.
 
Old 04-10-2012, 11:30 AM   #5
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Two things to think about.

K3B does a md5sum check, and shows the user the results before you click Start for the burn. Did the md5sum check match? If not, then you are sure the burn will be bad.

Were the .iso files burned as .iso files? If not, coffee coasters.

There are tutorials on the Download Linux link on this site to help with md5sum checks and the correct burning procedures for various burning programs.
I've used the burning software on many occasions, so I'm not exactly a beginner, and yes, I burned the .iso as an .iso. I'll give it another go with a rewritable disc and let you know what happens No more coffee coasters for me ... I hope!
 
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Use a USB flash drive, inexpensive and completely reusable.
 
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Use a USB flash drive, inexpensive and completely reusable.
Good idea! I'll give that a go, thanks.
 
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If all the disk came from the same bunch that might also be a problem indicating that the whole stack of disk are bad.

Good luck to you.
 
Old 04-10-2012, 12:57 PM   #9
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If all the disk came from the same bunch that might also be a problem indicating that the whole stack of disk are bad.

Good luck to you.
I've used these discs without problem before I tried to burn the OS. I believe the disc's are fine and am attempting to eliminating the reason for failure by trying other methods. I'm not a golfer but if I kept hitting the ball with the same club off to the right, I would try another club
 
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In the event you decide to use a USB memory stick, here is a link that will help. I installed Slackware to my netbook ( no floppy or CD/DVD drive ) using UnetBootin.

-->http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
 
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I think you can even install unetbooting from the repositories, I know I did under Debian and LMDE.
 
Old 04-10-2012, 03:03 PM   #12
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In the event you decide to use a USB memory stick, here is a link that will help. I installed Slackware to my netbook ( no floppy or CD/DVD drive ) using UnetBootin.

-->http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
Thanks Cliff, I've noted the link

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Old 04-10-2012, 03:07 PM   #13
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I think you can even install unetbooting from the repositories, I know I did under Debian and LMDE.
Your quite right, it's in the repositories ... Thanks

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Old 04-12-2012, 05:15 PM   #14
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Well, I managed to successfully burn the OS to a rewritable disk and create a bootable copy on a memory stick using Unetbootin.
I'd like to thank you guys for pointing me in the right direction, your advice was and is invaluable.
Alls well that ends well.
Thanks again,
gael

PS. I think we can now close the door on this one
 
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