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Old 05-25-2010, 06:03 PM   #1
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Exclamation Invalid system disk, Linux Ubuntu 10.04, Need Walkthrough Installation

I have a computer I recently uninstalled the operating system from and was wanting to use Linux Ubuntu. After burning the cd and trying to install it to the computer it gives me "Invalid System Disk, Replace then disk and press any key." I am unsure how to start this and I am not even sure if I have all the files, please help I need someone to help me install the Linux Ubuntu 10.04 operating system step by step.
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Before we get to the "step by step" part, check that you have (in your computer's BIOS) made sure that the machine is set up to boot from the CD or DVD drive into which you have been putting the Ubuntu disc.

Now, as for "all the files", there should be only ONE file involved: the .ISO file you downloaded and used to burn the Ubuntu CD. Hopefully using your CD burning tool, you selected the option most closely resembling "Burn bootable ISO image to disc". What you did NOT want to do, is burn the ISO file itself, as is, to a disc (in the backup or storage sense).

Having verified the two above things, you should be able to insert the CD and reboot the machine, and it should start up the Ubuntu loader. From that point, easy to follow instructions are presented on the screen; you can, among other things, install the operating system directly from there, or you can boot it up in 'Live CD' mode and play around with it, and then install it from its desktop after it's booted.

If your computer does not still boot from the CD, check your computer or motherboard manual for instructions or function key that can be pressed to provide a "boot device" menu at power-up, from which you can select the CD drive.

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Maybe your computer still tries to boot from the harddrive? You may need to enter BIOS setup and configure the machine to boot from CD/DVD. On my laptop I can press F12 at bootup to enter a boot menu where I can select the device to boot from (harddrive or cd/dvd).

Maybe your cd is damaged? Burn a new one or verify the cd on another computer.
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my cd isnt bad... i checked it on my laptop anyways...

the bios is how it should be but i need a boot disk to run it, then only think i know about linux is the sbm.bin and im pretty sure i need more than that just to create a manual boot disk, but if anyone has the files i would enjoy having those.
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Assuming you downloaded the image from the Ubuntu web site, this cd is already a bootable device (if burned as GrapefruitGirl mentioned).
When you say "i checked it on my laptop anyways", does this mean you booted your laptop from the CD and went into the live CD, ie you saw the Ubuntu desktop?


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