LinuxQuestions.org

LinuxQuestions.org (/questions/)
-   Linux - Newbie (http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-newbie-8/)
-   -   Please help! How do I boot from CD?! (http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-newbie-8/please-help-how-do-i-boot-from-cd-530055/)

Omega660 02-17-2007 10:42 PM

Please help! How do I boot from CD?!
 
I just downloaded and burned the Edubuntu ISO onto a disk, and plan to install it on my old Windows 98 computer. The ONLY problem is.. I can't seem to get the system to boot from the disk so I can install it. I already got an answer that I need to get into BIOS, but I'm stuck there. I press DELEATE to enter setup as the system is starting up, with the Edubuntu disk in the drive, and I get into the setup menu but I don't know what to do next. :cry: Please someone help I hate Windows 98 and I want to be free from it!

{BBI}Nexus{BBI} 02-17-2007 10:51 PM

In the bios you need to find the section that lets you change which device you boot from. What is the name of your bios maker? i.e. Phoenix, AmiBios, Award?

DragonSlayer48DX 02-17-2007 11:01 PM

Well, since most PC's are different, including the BIOS menu/setup, you'll need to do a little browsing. What you're looking for is the boot sequence. You need to set the CD-ROM as 1st boot device, and HDD as 2nd. Once that's done, you need to find "Save changes and exit" (or something similar).

Omega660 02-17-2007 11:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by {BBI}Nexus{BBI}
In the bios you need to find the section that lets you change which device you boot from. What is the name of your bios maker? i.e. Phoenix, AmiBios, Award?

I think it may be Award.

Omega660 02-17-2007 11:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dragonslayer48dx
Well, since most PC's are different, including the BIOS menu/setup, you'll need to do a little browsing. What you're looking for is the boot sequence. You need to set the CD-ROM as 1st boot device, and HDD as 2nd. Once that's done, you need to find "Save changes and exit" (or something similar).

Here is somemore info:
I enter setup and these are my choices:

Standard CMOS setup
BIOS features
Chipset features setup
Power management setup
PNP/PCI configuration
Load BIOS defaults
Load setup defaults
Integrated peripherals
Supervisor password
User password
IDE HDD auto detection
HDD low level format
Save and exit setup
Exit without saving


I enter theBIOS features thing and I infact see boot sequence there and the only options I can change it to is A,C or A,C.. Am I doing the right thing? :confused:

DragonSlayer48DX 02-17-2007 11:37 PM

Can you provide the CPU type & speed, and maybe the BIOS version?

I'm fairly familiar with Award; Yes, you're doing the right thing, but it appears your PC might be too outdated, as it only allows A,C or C,A for boot sequence options, which means you can't boot from CD.

masonm 02-18-2007 12:18 AM

Are you using a usb connected cdrom drive or an onboard one?

You may need to flash your BIOS to update it.

Omega660 02-19-2007 05:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by masonm
Are you using a usb connected cdrom drive or an onboard one?

You may need to flash your BIOS to update it.

What do you mean by 'flash your BIOS to update it'?

sumguy231 02-19-2007 06:09 PM

Quote:

What do you mean by 'flash your BIOS to update it'?
Update to a newer version of your BIOS with a flashing utility. It sounds like your PC might not be capable of booting from a CD from the options you mention. How old is it?

Duck2006 02-19-2007 06:25 PM

You may have to make a boot disk to be able to boot from the CD

linux_e 02-20-2007 02:45 AM

DEAR
TO BOOT FROM CD FIRST MAKE A BOOTABLE DISK.then make bios settings byu changing ur boot priority. ur first boot device has to be CDROM to get into bios press DEL key from the beginning when ur computer is booting. then only thing u have to do is search in submenus for "boot device priority" save using keys which will be clearly mentioned on ur bios display panel

michaelk 02-20-2007 07:26 AM

Your PC does not have the capability to boot from CD. I doubt there is a BIOS update available for a PC this old and probably is not flash memory anyway. You will need to boot from floppy disk. I would try smart boot manager

http://linux.simple.be/tools/sbm
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SmartBootManagerHowto

BTW
Flash memory is a form of non-volatile computer memory that can be electrically erased and reprogrammed. The first BIOS chips were not reprogrammable and to update one had to replace the chip. So flashing is just reprogramming the BIOS memory.

Also the requirements for ubuntu are at least 32MB of memory and 190MB of hard disk space for a minimal installation of the base system. For the full default installation, you must have at least 128MB of memory and 2GB of hard disk space.

pixellany 02-20-2007 09:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by linux_e
DEAR
TO BOOT FROM CD FIRST MAKE A BOOTABLE DISK.then make bios settings byu changing ur boot priority. ur first boot device has to be CDROM to get into bios press DEL key from the beginning when ur computer is booting. then only thing u have to do is search in submenus for "boot device priority" save using keys which will be clearly mentioned on ur bios display panel

Didn't OP already say there were only 2 choices in the boot priority menu??

What are these words? (Can't find in my dictionary)
byu
ur
u

DragonSlayer48DX 02-20-2007 06:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pixellany
Didn't OP already say there were only 2 choices in the boot priority menu??

What are these words? (Can't find in my dictionary)
byu
ur
u


ROFLMAO!! Thanks, I needed that! ;)

Omega660 02-20-2007 07:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sumguy231
Update to a newer version of your BIOS with a flashing utility. It sounds like your PC might not be capable of booting from a CD from the options you mention. How old is it?

I think maybe 1996 or 1997..


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:55 PM.