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Old 10-27-2006, 07:18 PM   #1
YankeeFan
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How do get a cd to run?


I'm still very new to linux and learning as I go - mostly on my own.

I'm running linux (rhel) on my dell laptop and I want to change to and install ubuntu-6.10 on it. I've had a couple people say that life is much easier with ubuntu.

I downloaded ubuntu-6.10-desktop-i386.iso on my Windows pc at work and burned it to a cd. www.ubuntu.com says this is for desktops and laptops. I'm hoping this is what I need to install it on my laptop. I want ubuntu only on my laptop. I'm not installing it into a windows os. I was told that the I could run ubuntu or install ubuntu from this cd. I was also told that this cd would run and my laptop would look like it would under ubuntu. There would be an icon I could click on to start the install onto the laptop.

I put the cd in my linux laptop and I get a cd-icon on my desktop. I dbl-click the icon and an archive manager window opens. I dbl-click the ubuntu-6.10-desktop-i386.iso icon in this window and I see all the stuff that is on the cd.

What do I do now? I'm lost. I've never run anything from a cd in linux. I don't know what to click on or what to type into where, etc...

I tried rebooting to see if it would boot from and install from the cd. Not!!

Can someone tell me how to get this started? ubuntu.com is no help.
 
Old 10-27-2006, 08:06 PM   #2
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An ISO file is a byte for byte image of a CD. Windows can not natively create a bootable CD (i.e. drag/drop to the writer icon). You need a utility like Roxio or Nero. There are free utilities like isorecorder too. If your laptop has a cdwriter you can burn a bootable CD via GUI like k3b or command line with cdrecord.
 
Old 10-28-2006, 08:11 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I've found a couple articles that echo your comments. But, I did use Roxio cd creater on my windows machine to burn the cd. Is there something I need to do in Roxio to tell it to become a bootable cd?

Thanks for your help.
 
Old 10-28-2006, 08:31 AM   #4
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Have you checked your BIOS to make sure the laptop boots first from the CD-Rom, rather than the Hard Drive?
 
Old 10-28-2006, 11:18 AM   #5
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You need to select the create from image under the file drop down menu. The burned CD should contain all those files and folders and not a single xxx.iso file.
 
Old 11-27-2006, 10:56 PM   #6
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I had just had an issue creating a bootable CD. I discovered that I needed to use CD-R to create a bootable CD. Not CD-RW. That change worked for me.
 
  


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