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Old 04-09-2013, 10:36 PM   #16
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Seems like your dvd drive is at fault.
Probably is the issues as I booted from these discs on another old desktop I have and they worked fine.
 
Old 04-09-2013, 11:39 PM   #17
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You may need to clean dvd lense.
 
Old 04-11-2013, 10:31 PM   #18
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You may need to clean dvd lense.
Ahh, so I just should buy a DVD/CD cleaning disc? Is a certain brand better than another?
 
Old 04-18-2013, 09:16 PM   #19
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I bought a DVD/CD lens cleaning disc and it didn't seem to help.

Anyone else have another suggestion or tip?
 
Old 04-18-2013, 10:40 PM   #20
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I bought a DVD/CD lens cleaning disc and it didn't seem to help.

Anyone else have another suggestion or tip?

Do you have a internal floppy drive? http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...anager-779779/

Make a Plop boot floppy. Make a Linux live usb with Unetbootin. I have used Plop myself on a floppy disk to install AntiX
on my IBM M41 Desktop computer and my IBM A22M laptop computer. Both of those do not have usb boot support in bios.
That is why a keep a PLOP floppy around now. Saves money on cd disks.
 
Old 04-18-2013, 10:55 PM   #21
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I realized all the discs I was using were DVDS. What if I used a CD?

The drive is a CD/DVD drive but, Idk. Seems like a screwed up piece of hardware.
 
Old 04-22-2013, 01:43 AM   #22
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Try the debian cd I had a compaq presario 5000 that booted debian just fine
You only need cd 1 & an active internet connection
 
Old 04-22-2013, 01:26 PM   #23
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Try Damn Small Linux, I have the same Laptop as well as a Desktop PIII with 384 MB RAM and Damn Small runs like a top.
 
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I actually tried installing Debian on a CD without a web connection and got a ton of errors. Seems my Ethernet cable is the wrong size or something.

I tried partitioning the disk too and now it seems like I wiped Windows XP. Doesn't really matter as I am using this computer to test out Linux and WinXP sucks!
 
Old 04-22-2013, 01:59 PM   #25
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If you can't even get to a welcome screen on any of those distros, it's probably a drive issue, as suggested above, not an issue with the distros. Be warned that graphic installers like the one in Mint or Ubuntu will choke with 384mb, if they can even start at all.
 
  


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