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Old 03-09-2005, 02:53 PM   #1
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failure to install Linux from Windows


First Try:
I have partioned the HD; partition 1 is WINDOWS; partition 2 is UNASSIGNED
The Linux installation CD-ROM boots up with Auto Run & I get the first screen
asking for the source - either CD-ROM or HD.
Clicking CD-ROM doesn't work because the CD-ROM drive is dead!
This indicates (to me) that there is no driver for the CD-ROM drive.
To get round this:-
Second Try:
Made an installation Floppy by putting 'boot.img' on a blank diskette using rawrite.exe
BIOS does not halt with "no system disk" error, but neither does it load boot.img.
It just carries on and loads Windows
I feel this cannot be a partitioning problem because only working memory is being used
I have 128MB of RAM.
The CD Drive is Samsung DVD ROM SD608 IDE controlled
Processor= AMD K7 3D NOW technology
I would be grateful for advice. AlexO
Old 03-09-2005, 02:55 PM   #2
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can you boot directly from the cd?
if not... go to, download a dos5.5 or so bootdisk (they should have mscdex cdrom drivers), boot from that floppy, and then manualy start the install process from there

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Old 03-09-2005, 04:13 PM   #3
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Please check your bios settings. If you can not boot using either a cdrom or a floppy, the hard drive is probably first in the booting order.

Some computers have a key that you can press during the post phase that lets you select a different boot device. This is a one time selection that can save you the trouble of making a bios change for just one, time. On some computers itś the ESC key, on others its F3. Some computers donīt have an this however.


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