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This is my first time ever installing anykind of Linux OS on a computer. A friend told me Whitbox is very simple and my best bet. I'm installing it on an older computer. E-machine w/ intel celeron 600mhz cpu and nothing else very special about it. hey, free computer you know?
anyway, I deleted all the partitions on my 120gig WD HD (all 8000 mp3s included :\ ) and I'm about to write zeros to it.
I have no luck what-so-ever at begining this install.
at first i was getting missing NTLDR error when I tried to boot off hte CD
then I downloaded a bootdisk: bare.i (was this even needed?)
and it would hang at a "freeDOS" promt.
So this is where I am at. I have the .iso ready to install, but they arent installing and my BIOS is set to boot from the CD-ROM first.
whenever I try to use a boot disk to possibly get started it also doesnt seem to help.
Distribution: Slackware, Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X
How did you burn the iso? It sounds like a non bootable cd, improperly burned cd, or a corrupt iso. From your info it appears that the cd is being bypassed and you're machine is try to boot from the hard disk. The missing NTLDR error looks like a hard disk error to me. Check your media, and check your iso against an md5sum.
when i looked at the file, the output was this:
^bunch of jibberish to me, thanks for your help though
some older computers refuse to boot from cd , even if you are able to choose so in the bios. ( i have one of them ).
maybe you could try this tool : http://linux.simple.be/tools/sbm
( it helped me out some time ago .)
it gives you a menu to choose the bootdevice.
ok just so that you know, it was the computer itself. the cd rom drives werent being read for some reason.
I took out the hard drive and put it on my windows machine and tried to install whitebox there...but the disk kept failing.
so i then tried slackware 10 ....holy crap. i gave up this morning with that one...
so then i tried whitebox again, same cd and all
and guess what?
so far...this OS is cool as hell!
im so glad i finally made the switch.
thanks for all your help guys, im sure i'll have more questions later!