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Old 05-17-2009, 08:04 PM   #1
AtmoHawk03
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Unable to boot from CD with Fedora 10


Hi all,

I'm running Fedora 10 on a laptop currently with no problems. I want to install Slackware as well and use GRUB to dual boot. However, I'm having problems with Fedora recognizing the Live CDs. I have Live CD's of Ubuntu and GParted, and when I boot from the CD drive these CDs don't get recognized by Fedora- the drive acts like it tries to read the CD, but fails and Fedora boots up normally.

I tested the Ubuntu Live CD on another computer and it worked fine, so I know the Live CD's are valid. Also, I have a Dell Windows XP CD that I am supposed to use to reinstall Windows (my laptop is factory made) and Fedora failed to read that as well. The odd thing is that when I boot from CD using the Fedora 10 Live CD, it works just fine. I'm baffled by this point. Could anyone shed some light?

Thanks very much for any suggestions.
 
Old 05-18-2009, 01:34 AM   #2
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did u check that CD drive is enabled in boot sequence of BIOS?
 
Old 05-18-2009, 01:50 AM   #3
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I'm having problems with Fedora recognizing the Live CDs. I have Live CD's of Ubuntu and GParted, and when I boot from the CD drive these CDs don't get recognized by Fedora
The CD is not supposed to be recognised by fedora - it is supposed to be recognised by your BIOS as a boot media.

Can you still boot from the original fedora install CD?
 
Old 05-18-2009, 12:02 PM   #4
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Apologies- I should have been more clear.

My method of trying to boot from CD is to reboot my comp with the CD in drive. Then I press F12 at start up to get to the boot menu, where I select boot from CD. The problem I'm having is that my Ubuntu Live CD and my Windows XP reinstallation CD are not being read at this point. However, the Fedora 10 Live CD I used to install Fedora on this laptop is read fine.

Thanks for the help friends.
 
Old 05-18-2009, 01:09 PM   #5
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Unless the laptop is old-install from USB.
If laptop is old and won't boot from usb, try Plop bootmanager.
 
Old 05-18-2009, 02:11 PM   #6
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Sounds like a hardware/CDROM drive issue. Did you burn your Fedora LiveCD on this laptop? If so, maybe your CD lens is off-kilter, and can only read discs that were burned on it, and not others.
 
Old 05-18-2009, 02:23 PM   #7
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I did not burn the Fedora 10 live cd on this laptop. Also, I tried an audio CD and it played just fine. I'm really baffled now...
 
Old 05-18-2009, 02:41 PM   #8
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I did not burn the Fedora 10 live cd on this laptop. Also, I tried an audio CD and it played just fine. I'm really baffled now...
What kind of a Audio Cd is it ?
One you buy at a shop .
Or one you burn it youŕe self
There is big difference in the quality of a Audio CD you buy and the one
burns at home.
As long as you burn and use the cd or dvd mostly it works oke.
IF a CD or DVD burner works within the specification than it pass the
test by the manufacture.
But that means as example if my burner is at the top of the specification
and youŕe at the bottom you can not read the CD I burns and visa versa
 
Old 05-19-2009, 01:31 AM   #9
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Then I press F12 at start up to get to the boot menu
That's interesting - the rest of us press F2 at the POST and change the BIOS boot-order to put the CD drive first. We usually do this before we insert the CD into the drive - and a lot of us find that the laptop is configured by the vendor to do this anyway.

There is usually no need to do this every time. What are the other boot options? What happens when you boot with the CD in the drive, and you don't press F12?

I take it you have a DELL - which one?
 
  


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