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I have downloaded the ISO image for PCLINUXOS I have tried to extract the files with ISO Buster to a CD and end up with a list of files including "BOOT" which has subdirectory "GRUB", both of which are empty.
I believe that I should be able to boot from this CD and run this distro. alongside windows.
Any help much appreciated
Extract is an unfortunate word in the case of ISO-image files of bootable cd:s
Since the ISO is an bit by bit representation of the actual data on the cd, not like regular files, there is no extracting to do when trying to make a bootable cd from an ISO-file.
An ISO-file is burned directly to the cd, much like you put your finger print on a piece of paper. As AuroraCA mention you either use a specialized program or your regular cd-burner program. Only make sure to use the menu option where it says something like "burn cd from image.." or "burn iso-file..."
When you burn it, make sure you select the correct option for burning disk images. If burnt correctly, you should see a number of files and directories on the disk. If you see something.iso on there, you got it wrong.
...and my advice: burn it always in the "DAO"-mode and always with the slowest speed which is possible. And don't forget to check the md5-sum from the iso (you'll get it there where you've downloaded the iso) againt the the md-sum from the burned CD.