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Old 08-13-2004, 11:57 AM   #1
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making a bootable install disk from a downloaded iso


Hi everyone,

Can anyone help me out with this.

I want to install a new distro on my "training linux system". I have downloaded the isos from Linuxiso.org of Mandrake, Debian and Icepack linux (I just wasnt to mess about really) only thing is I can't make a CD that will boot the system up (my bios checks the CD ROM drive first for a bootable disk then the HD) and I have tried each disk with the manual boot prompt also but nothing will boot and I end up in my already installed boot loader.

I use k3b to burn cd's. I have tried it as a data project and it makes one big iso file on the disk when I mount it and look at it.

I then did some reading and discovered one can mount the iso. I did this and then burned the files/folders onto a CD. This still did not boot the Computer.

Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong and either give me the instructions on how to do it or point me in the right direction for instructions elsewhere.

Any help apprecieated as I am running out of blank disks
 
Old 08-13-2004, 12:50 PM   #2
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install disk

I to have run into this, and it turned out to be that the computer.

Are you able to boot from any other installation CDROM's? An IBM P100 that I wanted to install smoothwall on would not boot the iso that I created. Nor would it boot from a Slackware CDROM either. It would from and old RedHat 6 CD however.

I ended up creating a boot floppy to boot the CDROM.

You may want to try the boot CD on another system. Just to test it.
 
Old 08-13-2004, 01:00 PM   #3
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yes it boots from all the other cd's/dvds I've got. I think it is a case of not setting up the kb3 properly but that's just my speculation,

thanks for the reply tho
 
Old 08-13-2004, 02:29 PM   #4
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Burning

I believe your problem is that you are not burning the actual ISO, you are only burning the file(s). An ISO is an exact image of a previously created CDROM. Some CDROMs have boot sectors coded into them that allow your computer to boot from a CD. This information is provided in the ISO image. What you must do is burn the CD as an Image, not just an ISO to a CD or the files of the ISO to the CD.

Here is a simple, single-purpose ISO Burning program to burn the ISO image with (for Windows XP ONLY). After downloading the file, run it and install the burning utility. To use the utility, right mouse click on the ISO file you wish to burn and choose "Copy Image to CD."

Alex Feinman's ISO Recorder


The ISO Recorder's webpage for more information is here (scroll down a bit to get to the actual info):


Good luck with this. It is most likely the case judging from your post, but if not try guzzi's advice.ISO Recorder Information
 
Old 08-13-2004, 03:50 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reply.

I think that this is definatly the problem and thanks for the link but I only have a working fedora core system at the moment and so I really need some instructions on how to make a disk image from the iso in Linux (preferable using a nice gui program but I can just about muddle through on the command line)

cheers
 
Old 08-13-2004, 04:21 PM   #6
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Ah, sorry bout that. Here is a guide I've located on burning the ISO with K3B:

K3B ISO Burning Guide



The basic outline of it is:
1. Start K3B with blank CDR (NOT CDrewritable) in the drive
2. Click Tools on the menu bar and then click Write ISO Image
3. In the new dialog box, be sure your burner is selected correctly in the Drive list and the speed is not too high (I use around 32x on my 52x drive just to be safe about things).
4. Locate the ISO image on your hard drive you wish to burn.
5. Be sure and check Burnproof technology if your burner supports it. Make sure other boxes are UNCHECKED (Simulate, Start Multi-Session)
6. Click the Start button to begin the burning process.


Hope I will have actually do you some good this time.
 
Old 08-13-2004, 04:59 PM   #7
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WOOOOOOHOOOOO,

Many many many thanks. Pixlebaker you are an absolute gentleman and scholar (unless you are a lady in which case I apologise )

It works fine now, amazing how something as small as a menu option was scuppering me.

Thanks very much again
 
Old 08-14-2004, 03:54 PM   #8
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Congrats

Gentleman = Correct

and glad to help
 
  


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