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Old 12-04-2006, 02:26 PM   #1
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Can't install any version of linux - Help this newbie

I'm as new as new can be to Linux, my only previous encounters with Linux having been accidentally booting up a Knoppix Livecd that was wrongly labelled Windows XP

However I have been increasingly drawn to opensource software and so i made up my mind to install Linux on my new computer. I have recently rigged up a Core 2 duo based PC, with a Intel DG965RY motherboard.

Well, my problem is that, I CAN"T INSTALL ANY VERSION OF LINUX on my new system.

I have tried UBuntu, Fedora, Suse, each one of them downloaded as recently as november 2006 from the official sites. I checked the CD/DVD's on my older system and they install fine. My older system is a measly 1.8 ghz P4 based system with an Intel 845 board.

I can't even run the knoppix live cd.

The install process or whatever it is, , begins with

Starting Caldera DR DOS..... then it says, after some more text,

oak technology 0T1-011 CdROM drevice driver

Device name: MSCD001

No drives found, aborting installation

Found USBhosts....

Intel corporation 2834 univ. host controller......

USB driver loaded successfully,

could not map OHCI registers.....

Firewire failed to initialize

Serial CD driver loaded

Caldera DR DOS 7.03.......
FAT 32 LFN driver for DR DOS version 1.200

Usage: FAT 32.exe - w....

Search for USB HDD devices

USB devices successfully loaded
No FAT 32 volumes found, exiting.....

NTFS file system found

Partition C D E F installed.....

USB support installed.....

NCWDEX. EXE version 2.81 CDROM filehandler

Driver not found: MSCDOO1......

Now there is a blank screen for a moment, and then,

It goes into command line


AND IT STOPS THERE winking at me almost cruelly.

HAving been a windows user ever since i set my eyes on a computer, i'm totally a loss at command line optons.

well there it is, that's what happens with both Ubuntu and knoppix installations. exactly the same thiong..

Now what does this mean.. IS there a problem with my BIOS...? My HDD is not recognized..?

Someone please help.
Old 12-04-2006, 02:46 PM   #2
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It appears that your BIOS isn't preset to boot from CD-ROM first, but does a HD boot. There's DR-DOS installed on that system, no WinDoze (which is basically a good thing). I can't tell if you're going to be able to install a booted CD, however, but with a little help from the board it should be doable. But first set your BIOS to boot from CD first - you'll be told how to enter your BIOS on boot (DEL or F1 or some other key, maybe some combination - it'll be shown on the BIOS's welcome screen [right after your graphic adapter's BIOS has introduced itself...]).

Besides, a 1.8GHz P4 isn't a "measly" machine when it comes to running Linux... but that's a different story.

Old 12-04-2006, 03:05 PM   #3
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And another story might be: Where did DR-DOS come from if the computer is a new build?

Anyhow, also try booting from some known good bootable CD.....Althought it seems very likely that the bios config is the issue.
Old 12-05-2006, 02:12 PM   #4
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thanks dear linux geeks,

I solved my problem. It seems i was making a hash of burning my dvd's and cd's with nero. i was using the bootable disk option, which adds dr dos to the disks by itself. it seems i have to use copy image to disk under the backup tab of nero streetsmart. thanks for trying to help.
Old 12-05-2006, 02:14 PM   #5
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[edit]irrelevant - posted after the issue was soved [/edit]

Last edited by Vitalie Ciubotaru; 12-05-2006 at 02:18 PM. Reason: irrelevant - posted after the issue was soved
Old 12-05-2006, 02:39 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by pixellany
And another story might be: Where did DR-DOS come from if the computer is a new build?
Because of lobbying efforts of certain operating system manufacturers and possibly monopolistic contracts with OEMs, it's often not possible (and even illegal) to sell a computers to evil pirating consumers without an OS pre-installed. Various OEMs have worked around this by selling machines pre-installed with very cheap or free OSes (e.g. freedos).


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