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Ok, I have created a copy of the ISO's for both SUSE and Mandrake. I used Nero to burn the ISO's. Standard settings in Nero. I try to boot the pc with the disks and they won't do a boot.?! Is there some way I need to change the ISO to create a bootable CD? Why won't it install? Do I need a partition created? No Partition? What do I do??? I just want to install it!!! Somebody help me please!
Ok, I have the bios set up for cd boot. Had that all along.
As for burning the cd, I have checked the link you gave me. I have nero, and have burned 3 copies, no go. The system I am trying to install it on is:
Dell Dimension P166v
Very basic system.
What I find odd first is that there is no exe files in the root dir of the cd. No setup file.
So, I try to boot from CD and the message I get is:
ISOLINUX 2.08 0x4072248c isolinux:
Cannot boot from this CD. Please use CD2 or try a BIOS update.
Now, as far as I can tell, there are no bios updates for this pc.
Do I toss this box onto the scrap heap and salvage the HD & CD for another?
Did you try using CD2 as the installer suggests?. I will give you an advice though... SuSE and Mandrake wont run in that system. If it will, it will without a graphical interface (command line only) or else your system will crawl.
If you need speed, go with Debian or Slackware and use a light desktop environment, such as IceWM or Flux/Blackbox...
Ok, first of all, there is no cd2 for the suse install.
So, could it be how I am burning the ISO, could it be the bios, or is the system just too slow for the OS?
I am going to pick up a couple Dell 600mhz w/128mb and a 7.5gb hd tomorrow. These should probably do the job.
I think personally that it is just the pc I am trying to install it on, but on the other side of the coin, all the iso's I burnt have no executible files in the root. How can they be bootable without???
I just hate to go through this with the new pc as well.
Better to have all the wrinkles ironed out before...
linux doesnt use the convention of *.exe = executable
if a file is made executable, then it'd executable, regardless of extension or lack thereof
the CD is bootable because it has a boot record on it
look at an old ms-dos boot disk - it has 3 files:
no .exe's there, but dos did use the *.exe for executables
moral of the story: there doesnt need to be any *.exe's, just a boot record.