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Old 02-20-2011, 08:32 AM   #46
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Hello,

I've finished trying all the possibilities. I don't think I've missed any. In some cases, it brought me to xp, and it some others, it didn't boot at all. But it never went to the linux installation that is on the usb stick.
 
Old 02-20-2011, 08:33 AM   #47
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Hi,

Do you have another computer to check the USB stick to see if it works at all?

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Old 02-20-2011, 08:55 AM   #48
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Yes I just tried it on another computer, and it did something different. A message appeared saying unetbootin and asking what options to boot with. I didn't know what to answer, but that's another problem. Anyway, this is the first time I've ever seen that message, so it didn't work on the computer I'm trying to install linux into.
 
Old 02-20-2011, 09:47 AM   #49
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Hi,

Than I'm afraid I'm almost out of options, if your computer you want to install Linux upon doesn't boot from USB, nor from CD on your optical driver, then the only other immediate option I can think off is switch disks to the computer that does boot from USB/CD and install Linux that way. Then switch the disk back again and boot from harddisk the normal way.

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Old 02-20-2011, 10:02 AM   #50
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The other computer is a laptop, so that's not possible.
What we could do is to try to figure out what's wrong with my optical drive... it is recognized by the bios because at startup all peripherics that are connected to the motherboard are listed, and it is recognized by xp too (it appears in the workspace and in the disk managment).

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Old 02-20-2011, 10:20 AM   #51
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Hi,

But it doesn't boot from a CD, right? So how are you going to get into a Linux environment if you cannot boot from CD nor USB?

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Old 02-20-2011, 11:41 AM   #52
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hi,

Yes you're right, my plextor px-760A can't be booted on, though it is listed in the device list with its correct name.
I'm sorry I'm not sure I understand what you mean in your second question.
I didn't say that getting into a linux environment would be the solution, I was merely wondering if you could help me to figure out what's wrong with my plextor px-760A (from xp) so that I can fix it and then use it (the optical drive) to install Linux.
 
Old 02-21-2011, 01:56 AM   #53
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He elishac,

How's everything going? I have a question for you. Do you have both your Plextor devices connected in the computer or do you switch?

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Old 02-21-2011, 07:22 AM   #54
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hi,

unfortunately it's still the same. I was unable to boot from usb, even though I tried all ports and all possibilities listed in the boot menu, I was unable to boot from the plextor px-760A for a reason I'm not sure of, maybe because it's broken but I'm not sure and I'd like to find out for sure, and I was able to boot from the plextor px-130A which only reads, but not to install linux because at some point an error appears.

To answer your question, I tried both, having either the two devices connected or only one, but ultimately and to avoid further confusion I had always only one connected, the one I wanted to try things on.

Regards.
 
Old 02-21-2011, 07:53 AM   #55
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elishac,
try USB-HDD, that is because many newer computers detect the USB device as a hard drive. I think this should work. Also when you select the USB-HDD does it appear as selected. Because in some BIOS you have to bring the option on first position to be selected, for that you have to make use of "+". Is this the case with you ?

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Old 02-21-2011, 07:59 AM   #56
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hi,

unfortunately it's still the same. I was unable to boot from usb, even though I tried all ports and all possibilities listed in the boot menu, I was unable to boot from the plextor px-760A for a reason I'm not sure of, maybe because it's broken but I'm not sure and I'd like to find out for sure, and I was able to boot from the plextor px-130A which only reads, but not to install linux because at some point an error appears.

To answer your question, I tried both, having either the two devices connected or only one, but ultimately and to avoid further confusion I had always only one connected, the one I wanted to try things on.

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Hello,

OK, don't know if I missed it but what exactly is the error you get when you boot from the px-130A, when the other drive is disconnected?

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 02-21-2011, 11:34 AM   #57
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Hello NM04,

there is indeed a '+' in my boot menu (see the image of post 23). But I don't understand exactly what you mean, what would you want me to try exactly ? (also, could you please remove the code tags, it makes it hard to read in only one line)


Hello Eric,

I explained it in message #8, at the end of my post.

Regards.

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Old 02-21-2011, 12:29 PM   #58
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Hello,

Thanks for pointing to the error, I lost track, sorry. Have a look at these:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1556602
Did you check the image you downloaded?

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Old 02-21-2011, 12:57 PM   #59
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Hello,

I'm the one thanking you for trying to help me.
From that link, I didn't get whether the problem is because my image is malformed or because it's a 64bit linux.
Should I try to reburn a 64 or 32 bit linux ?

Regards.
 
Old 02-22-2011, 01:22 AM   #60
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elishac,
by this "+", I meant that press the button on the keyboard after selecting the desired boot device, and bring it on the first position (the option should move upwards when you press +), save the settings and reboot.

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