Originally Posted by archtoad6
What he said -- those are the 2 most likely problems.
4 semi-random thoughts:
- What OS was your neighbor using? -- Does he understand the difference between burning an .iso to make a bootable disk, & just burning a data disk. IF he is using an M$ OS & has trouble figuring the difference out, then let us know which OS & which burning s/w & we will try to provide pointers.
Does "checked the md5" mean the md5 of:
- checked the md5 of the .iso
- verified the md5 of the disk post-burn
- What is your h/w?
- Can you change any other BIOS settings & have them "stick"?
- Have you considered just buying a new burner?
(1) My neighbor makes TV commercials for a living and so he has some pretty fancy hardware on his main PC's most of which are MAC's by the way.
However he burned this on a secondary WindowsXP PC that he has using Nero Burning 6. I explained to him exactly what I wanted and it did take a little while for him to find the right setting but it seemed to go ok.
(2)I have actually only checked the md5 of the original file I downloaded
to the USB stick at a site called www.hashsum.com/
and it is as follows: 91573e7d25b655ea8733ecb398e70b43 which I got from a Linux site linked to yours I think
(3)I haven't as yet looked at the md5 on the burnt disc as yet because I haven't figured out how to do it
(4)My neighbor hasn't tried booting from the disc and I don't think I'd ask him to on one of his main computers.
(5)I don't usually go into BIOS and mess around with that stuff because I was once told by a very good PC friend that that way madness lies,In fact he once said to me that in all his years I was the only person he'd met that had lost the file command.com from his pc
The very first year that I had this beastie he had to format it about 9 times because of all the damage I'd done to the registry
(6)The reason I want to try Linux is so that I can get a whole bunch of new hardware as I don't want to go through all that re-validating crap again.
(7)Hardware and OS is as follows :
Computer: Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition OS Service Pack Service Pack 3
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
CPU Type AMD Athlon XP, 2000 MHz (15 x 133) 2400+
Motherboard Name MSI KM3M-V (MS-7061) / KM4M-L (MS-6734 v1) / KM4AM-L (MS-6734 v2) / MS-6786
Motherboard Chipset VIA UniChrome KM266 Pro / KM400(A) / KN400(A)
System Memory 1024 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Award (02/16/05)
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400 (Microsoft Corporation) (64 MB)
3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400
Monitor LG L1710S [17" LCD] (130451322)
Audio Adapter C-Media CMI8738/C3DX Audio Device
Audio Adapter VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller
IDE Controller VIA Bus Master IDE Controller
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive WDC WD800JB-00FMA0 (74 GB, IDE)
Disk Drive WD 3200AAJ External USB Device (298 GB, USB)
Disk Drive Maxtor OneTouch USB Device (465 GB)
Optical Drive PIONEER DVD-ROM DVD-103R (6x/32x DVD-ROM)
Optical Drive SONY CD-RW CRX140E (8x/4x/32x CD-RW)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK
C: (NTFS) 76308 MB (60229 MB free)
G: (NTFS) 305242 MB (274066 MB free)
H: (NTFS) 476937 MB (474328 MB free)
Total Size 838.4 GB (789.7 GB free)
Sorry about all the lengthy stats but you did ask and I have a program on here called "Everest Home Edition" which can tell you all this stuff but doesn't seem to be available for download anymore
I've started compiling a list of all new hardware that I want and it's starting to look pretty good at the moment and so far it's worth about $800AUS without labor and a few other goodies
I hope that you guys can help me with my problem as I'd really like to try Linux as soon as possible.Thanks heaps for answering my previous question so quickly and I hope everyone had a fantastic 4th July.