How do I burn an image to a CD so I can install knoppix?
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What kind of distro are you using? You can use your package manager to install k3b. Or else if you prefer command line, you can use cdrecord tool for that. You can man for cdrecord for complete details.
When you say you can't get K3B to work what exactly do you mean? It won't start or you just can't burn the .iso image? Which brings me to the second question (and apologies if this insults your intelligence) but you are trying to burn as an iso aren't you?
Ive got K3B installed already, Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. I place a disk in the cd tray but the start button in K3B remains greyed out so I cannot start the burning process. I have tried cd-r and dvd+r disks with the same result.
I downloaded the .iso file so all I should need to do is copy it to a cd right? or is there something else I need?
You need to select Tools | Burn CD Image. Select the .iso image to burn from the browse function. It will then verify the image and you can select Start as long as there is a suitable medium in the drive.
I use my own custom script to burn CDs and stuff, if you want you can get it here: http://draconishinobi.50webs.com/slackware/scripts.html
in the possibly useful scripts pack. It's called burnit, to burn you just do 'burnit file.iso /dev/cdwriter', it also burns directories instead of isos. I've tested it for quite a while so it should be "stable".
Not sure, but I wrote the image to a DVD and the other computer only has a CDROM drive.
K3B recognized the DVD disk in the DVD writer, when I tried the CD-R disks, multiple times, K3B could not see the disks to write to.
Theres options in K3B to use A CD or DVD and I did try them both.
Installing Knoppix to your hard drive is a bad bad idea. Knoppix is intended to be run as a live cd, and while it's easy enough to install, it hardly ever works right, and your first effort at upgrading anything will probably end in the destruction of your system.
You can go to their website, and get basically the same advice.
I have never come across a DVD writer that would not do CDs. Knoppix is available as CD or DVD, so if you get the CD imagine I really would think you can burn the CD iso and stick it in the CDROM only machine.
What you are trying to do sounds perfectly feasible as long as:
1. You have the Knoppix CD .iso.
2. You burn as iso, and don't just copy to the medium.
3. Boot the CD in the second machine.
Knoppix is debian on a live CD.
Just install debian instead and you have knoppix on your hard drive.
No. Then you'll have Debian on your drive. Saying Knoppix is the same as Debian, is like saying Ubuntu is the same as Debian. If you've ever seen the tangled mess that is a Knoppix sources.list, you'd know it's not Debian.