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Old 03-10-2005, 06:09 PM   #1
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Complete nubcake question about Boot disks


Hello everyone.

I'm trying to install Mandrake 10.1 on my machine (dual boot with Windows 2000 Pro), and I'm having a little bit of trouble with the very first step... making a bootdisk.

At first I just downloaded the three CD ISO files from the official Mandrake site and burnt each ISO file to seperate CD's and tried to boot from the first one, well, failure... my bootup screen would show
"Boot from disk: " but then just start up windows 2000

Then I tried extracting all the files from all the CD's with IsoBuster and burned the 3 directories to 3 disks and tried booting from CD 1 again...
But, like last time, I got this message
"Boot from disk: " but then just start up windows 2000

(You guys are probably laughing by now...)

And finally I tired burning the BOOT.iso file and all the .img files to a disk and attempted to boot off of it, but alas my plans were foiled again and when it displayed the "Boot from disk: " it just went ahead and started up windows with no sign of DrakX... >:|

Ok, so where did I go wrong? What files do I need to burn exactly? And where?

I've googled this and read the Doc and can't find any answers, so I appreciate any help!
 
Old 03-10-2005, 07:04 PM   #2
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Well is your BIOS set up to boot from a CD?
 
Old 03-10-2005, 07:09 PM   #3
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Yesh
 
Old 03-10-2005, 07:13 PM   #4
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The first time, how did you burn them? You probably did it right, but the way you phraised it makes it seem like you just put the .iso file directly on the cd.
Anyway, what did you use to burn it? There are some free ones on http://members.home.nl/lsnoek/iso.htm
Second, how is your computer booting up? Make sure that it is set up correctly in your bios: floppy, cd drives, and then hard drive (usually done by pressing del, F1, F2, F10, etc at bootup).

If neither of these have success with you, make a bootable floppy. There is a guide at http://doc.mandrakelinux.com/Mandrak...html#id2523234

Hope this helps
 
Old 03-10-2005, 07:33 PM   #5
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Ok, well now creating a boot disk isn't the problem, its installing.
I read the tutorial on this site about making bootdisks (copying an iso file onto a disk) and now it boots just fine and brings up the Mandrake installing screen. But a new problem has arisen.

I hit enter at the first screen and then it does some checking and it eventually it looks for the install folder on the cd-rom but it says it can't find it! :|
 
Old 03-10-2005, 07:35 PM   #6
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What writing software did you use? Did you burn the .iso's as data or did you choose create disc from image? Have you checked that you can boot from cd using your win2k cd? Did you verify the integrity of the .iso images you downloaded?
 
Old 03-10-2005, 07:44 PM   #7
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I am using Roxio Easy CD Creator and I selected create disk from image.
As for checking the ISO, no I haven't.
But yes I can boot from CD's.
 
Old 03-10-2005, 07:54 PM   #8
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If I remember correctly if you insert the first cd in win2k it should autorun, it contains a readme file which lists the contents of the cd, you might just want to visually verify all directories/files are present. There are also instructions on how to make a boot floppy from within windows.
 
Old 03-10-2005, 08:10 PM   #9
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It boots off of the CD just fine now, and I checked to make sure everything is there, like the install directory and such, and yes, its all there with nothing missing.

I guess I might have to boot from floppy, but I wish I could figure out why its telling me it cant find the disk when it just booted up from it.

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