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Old 09-09-2004, 03:24 PM   #1
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New Dell Latitude D600 can't run Linux?

My company just assigned me a new Dell D600 laptop. I thought I'd try Gnoppix on it. But the D600 won't boot off it's CDROM drive. Furthermore it seems to bypass POST/BIOS setup on boot. So I can't set it to boot from CDROM. During boot it goes immediately to Windows XP. It seems to bypass the POST, BIOS, and all that stuff. I push F1, Esc, etc during boot. It doesn't make any difference. It just goes immediately to XP. Anybody familiar with the lastest Dell machines? Is there some secret to accessing the BIOS? Has MS finally 'pursuaded' Dell to block the installation of any other OS?
Old 09-09-2004, 03:57 PM   #2
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well first its impossible for a machine not to POST, second even though
i don't know, i can still tell you that no MS didn't pursuade anyone to
block an installation from another OS ...
third, your just going to have to find out what key it is, that it would be
to access your BIOS .. maybe just go to the manufactuer site, contact
their tech support,manuals, etc ...
i know compaqs have funky ways of accessing the BIOS, and its not
simply just DEL, sometimes its upwards to 3 key presses to access it.
Old 09-09-2004, 04:10 PM   #3
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Press F2 on boot, that gets you into the BIOS where you can set the boot order. Or, press F10, that gets you into the one time boot menu where you can tell it to boot off the cd for that time only.

I have run Knoppix on mine.


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