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Old 10-07-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
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Running ubuntu live cd on vista problems


Hey, first post. Sorry if this is in the wrong section but I didn't have a clue where to post this. So basically i'm trying to run the ubuntu live cd from vista and it doesn't boot up when i restart my computer like it says it should. So i tried finding it in the boot list before windows starts and i only find windows there, no CD. I then tried installing the software that comes on the disk to help if the cd won't boot, and that fails when nearly done giving me some "invalid argument" notice... I don't know what that means HELP!?
 
Old 10-07-2009, 09:55 PM   #2
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A few ideas.

Did you check your download with any tools to see if it was what it should be. Such as md5checksum?

Did you burn the ISO as an ISO or did you just copy the file to the disk?

Lastly is how a computer decides how to select boot media. Normally there is a bios selection. Some systems also allow a choice such as an F key when powered up to select boot order or similar named selection.

I'd think you shouldn't install anything just yet. The whole idea of a live cd is to save you from doing an install.

Also did you get the iso from ubuntu, mail order or did you get it from a torrent?

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Old 10-07-2009, 10:24 PM   #3
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some real old computers cannot boot from cd
 
Old 10-08-2009, 12:21 AM   #4
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some real old computers cannot boot from cd
They more than likely will also don't run vista
 
Old 10-08-2009, 12:26 AM   #5
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They more than likely will also don't run vista
oops i forgot that part LOL LOL LOL
 
Old 10-08-2009, 02:13 AM   #6
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A few ideas.

Did you burn the ISO as an ISO or did you just copy the file to the disk?

Lastly is how a computer decides how to select boot media. Normally there is a bios selection. Some systems also allow a choice such as an F key when powered up to select boot order or similar named selection.

Also did you get the iso from ubuntu, mail order or did you get it from a torrent?
Like he said make sure you system is set to boot from a CD first. It could be a key like exmpale if you have a dell could be F2 or asus motherboard could be DEL key.
Make sure you set CD to boot first in your bios settings.

Second of all. Your install should be a image file. Keep in mind you can just burn the disk. You have to burn it as a image. For example be sure to use something like PowerISO.

http://iso.snoekonline.com/iso.htm
This has a few references in it that might help burning an image.

Third of all if you are on windows download a md5checker from cnet or something like that. read on how to use your md5checker. that way you know you have a good download.

After all that reboot with cd in your drive and it should boot your ubuntu cd. Hope this helps
 
  


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