Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 12-03-2010, 09:18 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Dec 2010
Location: Franklin, MA
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: 0
Cannot mount CDROM when booting from Live CD. HP DV6

I'm trying to get back into Linux after a few years off.

I have tried booting from a Live CD using Flash Linux and Damn Small Linux.

Flash Linux reports unable to mount CDROM and then provides a command line - I assume I have the kernel, a shell and little else at this point? Can I mount the CD and continue?

DSL seems to do something similar but freezes with a blank screen. I have the option of entering parameters prior to booting with DSL (but not with Flash) I have tried the parameter which copies the CD to RAM and then boots without success.

I plan on installing Debian to my HD in the near future but felt like playing around with Live CDs prior to this in order to get reacquainted.

I have googled this issue and it seems there are other noobs out there with the same model of PC (HP DV6) who are having similar problems but I could not find a solution.

As an aside - this is the kind of issue that IMO, still prevents Linux from becoming a mainstream OS.

Any help or advice is much appreciated...

TIA, Jon.
Old 12-03-2010, 09:24 PM   #2
Slightly Disoriented
Registered: Sep 2010
Distribution: Ubuntu 10.10
Posts: 87

Rep: Reputation: 2
It might be that your graphics card isn't supported. There is a way to get the drivers installed, but I am not entirely sure how you would do it... DSL and Flash (A distrobution I've never heard of) might not have as much compatibility with graphic cards. Try Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint, Gentoo, Arch, or one of the more popular distros that have more compatibility. Try those Live CDs before counting Linux out.
Old 12-03-2010, 09:36 PM   #3
LQ Addict
Registered: Mar 2010
Location: Oakland,Ca
Distribution: wins7, Debian wheezy
Posts: 6,838

Rep: Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649
I'm not going to pretend I know, but this is what I found.
Old 12-03-2010, 09:48 PM   #4
Registered: Dec 2009
Location: Germany
Distribution: Whatever fits the task best
Posts: 17,148
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860
The distributions you choose are simply to old for your rather new hardware. Choose distros that are more up to date. Distrowatch, which is a good place to look for distros, sets the newest release of Flash Linux at 2004 and of DSL at 2008.
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 12-19-2010, 03:09 PM   #5
LQ Newbie
Registered: Dec 2010
Location: Franklin, MA
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0

Thanks for the replies, distrowatch has been a great help in choosing a better distro...


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[SOLVED] Booting Linux on a Live CDROM from a Floppy disk tmlee2003 Linux - General 1 11-18-2010 04:01 PM
Pavilion dv6 born_2conquer Linux - Wireless Networking 2 12-21-2009 09:20 AM
CDROM refuses to mount, /dev/cdrom does not exist shane25119 Linux - Hardware 10 08-02-2009 11:43 PM
Booting stops after: Unable to access resume device, mount: could not mount ... lespaul047 Linux - Newbie 2 04-06-2009 06:50 PM
Unable to mount cdrom after booting into initrd from CD !!! ENVee Linux - Kernel 1 04-19-2008 12:37 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:21 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration