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Old 10-04-2009, 09:23 AM   #1
devinrocks
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LiveCD with openSUSE will not boot correctly


Hello, and thank you for reading my question. I'm using Debian at the moment and want to switch over to openSUSE. I burned the .iso image onto a Live CD, and I am using GRUB to boot Linux Debian. I have already changed the BIOS configuration so that CD-ROM boots first, I even tried unchecking the hard drive in the boot order, but nothing seems to work. Without the hard drive checked it doesn't boot, otherwise it boots the hard drive as normal. I have performed the following tasks to ensure the .iso file is correct.

1. I made sure my download speed was high(Don't actually know what that has to do with it I just read somewhere that its important)

2. I checked the md5sum

3. Made sure I was burning the .iso IMAGE(I used Brasero)

I have quite an old Dell computer with BIOS revision A01. I installed Debian via DVD, but I can no longer due this because my DVD drive and my computer fail to read a blank DVD. Any ideas? I need to know one of these 2 things.

1. How to boot a Live CD correctly and what mistakes I may be making

2. How to make my computer read a blank DVD.

When I insert a blank CD there is a pop-up that asks me what I want to do, when I insert a blank DVD, nothing happens. If you need to know more about my situation in order to diagnose it feel free to ask, as I said Im not very experienced and don't know the details required for someone to help me. Any and all help is appreciated, thanks.
 
Old 10-04-2009, 09:35 AM   #2
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Insert and try to boot another bootable cd to make sure your drive ain't broke

About your dvd problem: It can be a laser problem. Are you in anyway able to read/write a dvd ?
 
Old 10-04-2009, 09:43 AM   #3
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Insert and try to boot another bootable cd to make sure your drive ain't broke

About your dvd problem: It can be a laser problem. Are you in anyway able to read/write a dvd ?
@the dvd problem...I have several DVD's with debian on them that I did not burn correctly and when I insert them it reads the disc but I can clear it becuase I dont have permision.

I have tryed openSUSE and slackware, neither work...I have a live cd for windows xp reinstallation and that loaded properly.

Im starting to wonder how I booted debian from a dvd because my BIOS options are

Hard Drive
CD-ROM(not DVD)
and USB (not installed)

and my CD and DVD roms are seperate.
 
Old 10-04-2009, 09:48 AM   #4
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was the slackware previously bootable from your drive?
 
Old 10-04-2009, 09:56 AM   #5
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was the slackware previously bootable from your drive?
? previously meaning...before what?
 
Old 10-04-2009, 09:59 AM   #6
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Have You tried F12 just as you fired up your box. It will go to a menu. Toggle down to the CD/DVD
startup then enter. Try this again untill it starts to wakeup (groan).
 
Old 10-04-2009, 10:01 AM   #7
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You said you have slackware, did you burn it with the same drive?

Also, are you sure you've burnt it properly? you shouldn't burn the iso as data file in a cd

Is the working(bootable) xp cd genuine?
 
Old 10-04-2009, 11:08 AM   #8
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You said you have slackware, did you burn it with the same drive?

Also, are you sure you've burnt it properly? you shouldn't burn the iso as data file in a cd

Is the working(bootable) xp cd genuine?
I'm Running debian, im trying to switch over to slackware or openSUSE with a liveCD. I installed debian with a dvd which i mentioned before wont work...and yes I burned the iso as an iso image, and yes the xp cd is genuine...i would use it but the key for it came on my computer and its kinda torn down the middle
 
Old 10-04-2009, 11:14 AM   #9
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Have You tried F12 just as you fired up your box. It will go to a menu. Toggle down to the CD/DVD
startup then enter. Try this again untill it starts to wakeup (groan).
nope, didn't work
 
Old 10-04-2009, 11:26 AM   #10
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so your problem is that you can't boot from the cd drive? do you have another drive(dvd, cd) in the system? if yes try on it(set the bios accordingly)

btw, is the drive reading the cd (check by booting into xp)

If you have another machine try the just burnt discs on it to confirm its burnt properly or you can do this by making an iso of the disc and md5 check
 
Old 10-04-2009, 12:38 PM   #11
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One way around the problem...

If you have a floppy drive, you can use rawrite to copy the boot file from the CD and then have the floppy boot the CD-ROM.

http://www.fdos.org/ripcord/rawrite/

This presumes that your system will boot from fd0 when it would not boot from the CD-ROM drive.

http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/l...EPS-MAKE-DISKS

or

http://www.centos.org/docs/2/rhl-ig-...all-cdrom.html

There is now a newer version of rawrite. rawrite used to be a standard tool before many systems had a BIOS that would boot from the CD drive.

Last edited by thorkelljarl; 10-04-2009 at 12:47 PM.
 
Old 10-04-2009, 02:26 PM   #12
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so your problem is that you can't boot from the cd drive? do you have another drive(dvd, cd) in the system? if yes try on it(set the bios accordingly)

btw, is the drive reading the cd (check by booting into xp)

If you have another machine try the just burnt discs on it to confirm its burnt properly or you can do this by making an iso of the disc and md5 check
I dont have another machine and yes, when I put the disc in while the computer is on it will show the disc and its contents, and I have one cd drive and one DVD drive, I will try putting the cd in the DVD drive if thats what you are asking put i doubt that will do anything.
 
Old 10-04-2009, 03:00 PM   #13
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try the disc in both of your drives.(don't forget to edit BIOS)

If it ain't working burn another cd by using your dvd-rom drive
 
Old 10-04-2009, 07:03 PM   #14
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try the disc in both of your drives.(don't forget to edit BIOS)

If it ain't working burn another cd by using your dvd-rom drive
It worked! I just put the cd in the dvd drive, don't know why it worked but it did. Thank you so much, this issue has been resolved.
 
Old 10-04-2009, 07:08 PM   #15
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Please mark the thread as Solved

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