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I am trying to boot Mepis from a CD. My computer starts and reads the disc and it asks me what i want to boot and i go to primary boot and instead of booting it, it restarts the computer and goes back to the same screen. I have tried it on 2 other ocmputers and it works just fine. The same thing happened when I tried to boot knoppix from a cd about a month ago. My bios are set to boot from CD and now I don't know what to do. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
If you are using a Live CD, one that runs on CD without being installed into the hdd, then all you need is
load the CD and boot to it
When you see the first Linux screen hit enter
go to make tea
By the time you have a cup of tea you should have a full working Linux system to play with.
If you want install into the hard disk, search the incons there should be one on the screen or in the system tools.
A Linux need 2 partitions to install. A 5Gb for itself and and 0.5 to 1Gb for a swap partition. The latter is once only and can be used for all later Linux. Use the cfdisk program to do the partitioning.
When I select primary, its the actualy linux part of it not the bios, I am running windows xp home on compaq computer. Saikee, I tried doing that but after I hit enter at the first linuz screen it just restarts and goes back to the linux screen. I am not trying to dual boot either, simply trying to run it off the CD, im not trying to install it on the hardrive
This is a hardware problem to me. May be you have a 3rd party boot loader ot disk formatter/partitioner the uses the hard disk in a way outside the PC standard or something like that. Linux could not install in it because it could upset the arrangement in your current setup.