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Old 06-10-2008, 06:27 PM   #1
Ntvu
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Ubuntu CD is not working


I put the Ubuntu CD into my dell (dimension c521 with vista pre-installed on it). It boots up Windows.

So then I reboot the computer, and this time I try F2 (system configuration). I change what seems to be boot settings, save them, then reboot the computer again. It boots up Windows.

Then I hit F12 when it's starting up (the boot menu which I think is how I'm supposed to install Ubuntu) and there are a few options, which looks something like this:

Boot Device Menu
* Normal
+ * Bootable Hard drive
* Onboard CD-ROM Drive
* USB-ZIP

* System Setup
* Hard Drive Diagnostics
* Boot to Utility Partition


So I choose Onboard CD-ROM Drive. Then it flashes the message "Boot From CD: " for like a second, and then it starts up Windows.

What am I doing wrong?
Btw if it helps, my CD can hold 700mb of data. The Ubuntu download was 699.1mb. But when I look at the .iso file in the CD, it says that it is 715mb, but when I hover my mouse over it, it is 699mb.

So is this normal? Am I doing something wrong or do I need to get a larger CD?
 
Old 06-10-2008, 06:45 PM   #2
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Did you download Ubuntu? Did you do the md5checksum (instructions on download page)? Did you burn the CD as an iso image? Do you have your computer set to boot first from CDRom in BIOS?
 
Old 06-10-2008, 07:25 PM   #3
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Did you download Ubuntu? Did you do the md5checksum (instructions on download page)? Did you burn the CD as an iso image? Do you have your computer set to boot first from CDRom in BIOS?
I burned the .iso file to a CD, which took about 5 minutes.

Are you sure that I don't have to uncompress the .iso file first?
 
Old 06-11-2008, 03:13 AM   #4
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I think you have copied the .iso to an ordinary CD, rather than making the CD one large bootable iso volume. What CD burning program did you use and does it have a 'burn as iso/burn as bootable' (or something similar) option?

You may not have to 'uncompress' (well extract the files from the iso, really) the files first, depending on your burner program. I think recent versions of k3b can do the trick of doing this transparently and probably other programs too, but it depends on the program that you use.

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Btw if it helps, my CD can hold 700mb of data. The Ubuntu download was 699.1mb. But when I look at the .iso file in t
I think this is the 'a megabyte is 1000 kilobytes'/'a megabyte is 1023 kilobytes' issue, and not really relevant.
 
  


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