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Old 01-13-2009, 09:49 AM   #1
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Ubuntu startup problem?


Hi all,
PLease forgive me if this seems foolish ,but I have only used M/S o/s before Ubuntu .
I downloaded Ubuntu as a RAR'd file from ubuntu.com

I unpacked it and using IMGburn made an image (using the isolinux file--in the same folder of that name)

This seemed to work correctly --in fact the CD I had burnt it to booted up and asked me what I wanted to do-----install as a seperate O/s , run a demo , or do nothing .

I installed it (And typed in a username and password ) rebooted my machine at the prompt , I was then able to select Windows or Ubuntu as the O/S .

I chose Ubuntu , the Ubuntu logo came on with a loading banner underneath .


A couple of minutes later I just get a DOS style prompt . I understood I would get a Windows style GUI ?

I have tried --startx , whoami commands ---but I only get command unknown being returned .

Have I used the wrong file to make the image? --can I mount it using Alcohol or Daemon tools instead?

I reinstalled it again and the same thing happens --please help as I want to run a wireless packet sniffer for a Cisco course I am studying .

Many thanks
 
Old 01-13-2009, 10:40 AM   #2
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You have not burnt it correctly. Don't open it. Don't make a DOS bootable disk. Have a look at "BurningIsoHowto" on https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BurningIsoHowto

A lot of us have learned by our mistakes!
 
Old 01-13-2009, 12:12 PM   #3
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Many thanks for that--can you tell me the file I need to point my CD burner to please? is it the .bin file? Thanks
 
Old 01-13-2009, 12:17 PM   #4
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When you download an ISO image file, save it on your desktop. Then open your burner program and point it at the .ISO file.
 
Old 01-13-2009, 01:38 PM   #5
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When you burn the downloaded .iso file as a .iso disk remember to burn at the lowest speed possible to avoid errors. Once burnt boot that CD/DVD and run disk check to see if there are any errors. If none, then you can either boot it without installing or take the big jump and install it. You will be better off with either 8.04.1 or 8.10...
 
Old 01-13-2009, 02:24 PM   #6
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Thanks for all answers--just to be correct--the file I download is a RAR'd file --do I need to unpack this ? or can I just point the application to this to make the image?
TIA
 
Old 01-13-2009, 04:05 PM   #7
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If you download the file from Ubuntu it should already be in .iso format. Don't know where you are getting your from bu go to http://www.ubuntulinux.org/getubuntu/download
 
Old 01-14-2009, 02:35 PM   #8
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Thanks for the link--when I follow to the download --it is a rar file (albeit an iso) when I unpack the Rar file I get a few folders ---can you tell me the exact file I need to look for? the one I used was linux.iso ---I am making a mistake somewhere---sorry
 
  


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