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Old 01-12-2005, 04:40 PM   #1
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Dell doesnt want linux in their computers

My dell computer doesnt allows me to boot from my cd drive. I tried to configure the bios in F2 set up but still doesnt let me.

I call Dell and they dont let their techs to help if they want to change to another OS, its their policy i was told. Im never getting another Dell.

How can make my computer run Linux? Im geting so frustrated.
thank you for your help.
Old 01-12-2005, 04:50 PM   #2
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Possibly because Dell sells computer with linux on them? And if they told you how to do it yourself, they couldnt make a profit.

Are you sure you have a good/bootable cd that you are trying?
Also, why not just stick in a floppy book disk and start from there?
Old 01-12-2005, 05:01 PM   #3
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Which distro are you trying to install? I have read that Fedora CDs had problems with the CD-Roms shipping with some of Dell's computers. There are a few threads in this forum, prob with solution :-) so don't be frustrated.
Old 01-12-2005, 05:13 PM   #4
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I have a dell and i was able to boot from my CD drive no problem. Also dell only provides support for any programs pre-intsalled by them. If they gave support for everything they would get to many calls.
Old 01-12-2005, 05:15 PM   #5
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I have never had a problem booting a cd in a Dell. What model is it? Did you actually get into the BIOS? Have you tried F12, which brings up the boot options menu from which you can choose the cd/floppy/hd/whatever?


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