Originally Posted by donchale
My CD of Ubuntu does not boot even though I have tried all methods suggested in the documentation. I have been advised that I will need to change my boot order. When I enter BIOS I am not sure how to interpret the options on the boot sequence line. (This is in WinXP). It is as follows:
1.Drive C (enable/disable)
2.CD Drive (enable/disable)
These are the only drives and they are both enabled. Do I simply uncheck "enable" on drive C to change the boot order? Am I correct in assuming that since I am working on the boot sequence line in BIOS, this action will only affect the boot order and not the functionality of drive C?
Disabling a drive will not change the boot order; it will simply instruct the BIOS to ignore that drive entirely, which is not what you want. Look again, specifically for an option to change what may be variously referred to as boot sequence, boot priority, or simply enumerated as First Drive, Second Drive, etc. What you need is for that "First Drive" to reference your CD/DVD-ROM drive (the one you have the Ubuntu boot CD in).
You need not be a genius to run a Linux desktop OS, but you are going to have to learn to think critically. The BIOS in your computer is on a particular motherboard, perhaps the whole computer was sold as a single unit. In any case, there is a manual for that BIOS; find the manufacturer's web site or google it. Read the manual. Almost everything you need to know about your computer and about the software you'll be putting on it has been documented in one fashion or another, and the vast majority of that info is on the 'Net.