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Old 03-20-2015, 10:45 PM   #1
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How to get a Linux that fits on a CD?

I am having problems with my Sony Vaio windows
it boots up saying (on a black screen, grey text):
Windows Boot Manager
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."
If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
Status: 0xc0000225
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.
Enter=Continue ESC=Exit
No matter how many times i tried to restart and even tried F10 repeatedly or Alt-F10 I can't get to any other screen other than the above screen.

So I thought ah to hell with windows on this machine. I'll just install a linux distro because it's for my uncle all he really needs is internet and watch youtube videos/movies.

I have successfully burned and installed Fedora before on other machines using LiveCDs when they had CDs.

This time I tried to burn the DVD since it's it doesn't fit on the CD (I got my ISO from
But when i inserted my DVD and restarted the same black screen appears.

So i have been looking for an older version of Fedora that fits on a CD (I am thinking maybe it'll boot from a CD, not sure though) but can't find any.

Any thoughts or solution to my problem?

Thanks in advance.
Old 03-21-2015, 05:44 PM   #2
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Using a CD will make no difference.
You need to change the boot order so disc is before HDD.
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Old 03-21-2015, 05:46 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.
I found out that i can hit F2 to go into bios and set the Internal Optical Drive to be first choice in boot priority.
And it worked, yeh!
Old 03-21-2015, 06:38 PM   #4
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Don't waste a CD / DVD for every Linux install. Use USB sticks instead. Putting iso images on a USB stick can conveniently be done with dd.

See this arch wiki entry for detailed guidance on how to do this.


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