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Old 05-03-2004, 01:14 AM   #1
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ok n00b question of all time


i am new to linux and trying to install on my pc it doesnt boot from cdrom could be bad burn etc,when i make the boot disk and boot to a: drive it starts like it is going to load then says cant find kernel img,have make bootdisk 3 times from 3 different sources for mandrake 9 and help would be appreciatted thanks in advance.

btw my cdrom is drive f:\ if that matters













 
Old 05-03-2004, 01:33 AM   #2
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Have you checked in your bios to see if the cdrom is set to bootup in your boot sequence? You want to make sure it is booting before your HD. If you can get the cdrom to boot it's a lot easier than trying to get the right boot disk made.
 
Old 05-03-2004, 01:34 AM   #3
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sounds like the cd is not being read. You should just be able to make the BIOS boot from the CD first and that should make a floppy unnecessary. I think most BIOS's do that normally. You've attempted to boot from the cd only and the cd has been burned properly?
 
Old 05-03-2004, 01:34 AM   #4
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yes bios settings are right,for some reason cant make a bootable cd
 
Old 05-03-2004, 01:43 AM   #5
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Did you download iso images or the straight content? If you downloaded the iso images then you want to make sure that your burning software knows to extract those and not just burn the straight iso. What do you see when you browse the disk? A lot of different files?
 
Old 05-03-2004, 01:44 AM   #6
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yes that is all i see but when i downloaded it,it said .iso
 
Old 05-03-2004, 01:56 AM   #7
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i've ruined my fair share of cds by picking the wrong options in whatever program i'm using to burn iso images, you probably want to check that. but if you're seeing lots of files, then you should be on the right track
 
Old 05-03-2004, 02:19 AM   #8
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Franzfranz and Hallamigo thanks alot for your help am now on linux fairwell to windoze
 
Old 05-03-2004, 02:29 AM   #9
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If you still have the original iso images then you may want to run md5sum against them to make sure they aren't bad. You'll need the md5sum file from the same ftp server you downloaded from and an md5sum app if you don't already have it.

I'm guessing you have a windows box so here is the windows version:

http://www.etree.org/md5com.html
 
Old 05-03-2004, 02:39 AM   #10
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no windows box no more just installed linux on this one and server box,now to get me a good irc proggy heehee
 
Old 05-03-2004, 02:46 PM   #11
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Which distribution are you using? I had a problem with Mandrake 10 not recognising CD 1 but somewhere on the internet, I found an FAQ which suggested booting from CD2 instead.

Might be worth a try.

Jeff
 
  


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