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I was tired of using a microsoft system so I thought I'd try changing one of my computer to a Linux system. I picked up Suse 9.3 Pro, and Mandrake 10.1 and setup my BIOS to boot from CD-ROM. I can't get either one to boot. When I try Suse, my system freezes after it does the RAM and hardware check and gives me the error
ISOLINUX 2.11 0x432c8105 isolinux: Disk error 01, AX = 4240, drive EF
Boot failed: press a key to retry...
When I try Mandrake, the system hangs at the same place and gives me a similar error, I'm not sure if it is the exact same one or not because it restarts itself and will continue the cycle.
I don't think it is a problem with any of my CDs. A while ago when I upgraded my system to XP, my system froze during installation, at the same place where I am now getting my error, only it froze with a blinking cursor. Which it still does occasionally. If I reset my computer it usually does it. I typically have to power down for 5 minutes or so then restart for it to load windows.
I tried making a MSDOS boot disk and accessing the drive that way and booting, but once in DOS it wouldn't allow me to switch to my CD drive. I'm not sure what the problem is, or how to fix it, or if I will even be able to. I don't know, maybe if I format the harddrive and try to go from there it will work...I pretty much don't know what to do. I've never used Linux before either, so I could just be doing something else wrong. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Looks like you have a hardware problem. I cannot tell you what's wrong there. All I can do is to tell what I would do with such a computer.
1. Load conservative BIOS settings,
2. Clear CMOS,
3. Disconnect as much hardware as you can, hard disk included, and see how far it boots then. If it looks promising put your hard disk and PCI cards back one by one and try to boot every time. If you have two memory modules try with each one.