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Old 04-28-2004, 08:46 PM   #1
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KNOPPIC CD wont run

Today I got the KNOPPIX 3.3 on CD. But the problem is, I put the CD in the drive and all I get is the KNOPPIX webpage were I had ordered the CD from and it has all the FAQs and info about knoppix.

Im running Windows XP right now.

I am looking for like a wizard which walks me through on how to get my root password, how to connect to the internet/email and such. It does not even do that.

Please help. Thanks
Old 04-28-2004, 08:54 PM   #2
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i'm not sure i understand what you are doing, but it sounds like you're trying to rum knoppix under windows. won't happen.

set your bios so you can boot from cd and start your computer with the cd in the drive.

intructions will follow.
Old 04-28-2004, 09:21 PM   #3
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Ok, I put my KNOPPIX CD in and restarted PC. It then started to look for various settings and type of hardware I have. But, it did not ask me to set up my user/password or how to setup my internet.

Now, what do I need to type in the lower left hand corner that says (Boot What command should I put? I just pressed Enter and then it had to look for various drivers and such. And then after that it took me to this desktop like screen that had Knoppix 3.3 on it and a window on the lower left side had something like:


BTW, If I get stuck on this one more time, How could I exit and go into Windows again? Because I tried to open up my CD DRive to eject the CD and It would not open so I had to shut down the PC Manually. I tried to hit ESC Key but that did not work either.

Second Question -

If I get somehow used to this, eventually I want to install KNoppix on my hardrive and still keep Windows XP. I have the following Local Disk ( C ) which has 33.2 GB of free space on it with NTFS.

Should I let Knoppix partition the drive for free space automatically or what should I do exactly?

A link to both instructions (Booting from CD and Dual installation with XP) might help me a bit. I looked for instructions for version 3.3 but it does not explain in detail.

Last edited by as400; 04-28-2004 at 09:30 PM.
Old 04-28-2004, 09:54 PM   #4
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You didn't mention hardware or if you tried any options if you press F2 (I think, read the screen)

Got what you need?
What are the minimum system requirements?

* Intel-compatible CPU (i486 or later),
* 20 MB of RAM for text mode, at least 96 MB for graphics mode with KDE (at least 128 MB of RAM is recommended to use the various office products),
* bootable CD-ROM drive, or a boot floppy and standard CD-ROM (IDE/ATAPI or SCSI),
* standard SVGA-compatible graphics card,
* serial or PS/2 standard mouse or IMPS/2-compatible USB-mouse.

How is KNOPPIX started?

To start the CD, set up the BIOS of your computer to boot off the CD, put the CD in the drive, and power up the computer. If your computer doesn't support this option, you have to use a boot disk. You can create this disk from the image in KNOPPIX/boot.img on the CD. With the KNOPPIX-terminalserver (available from version 3.2 and later), KNOPPIX can also be booted over the network from a computer already running the CD.
I'm not sure that Knoppix has the tool to resize the NTFS parititon, but the Mandrake install does (defrag first).

Sorry, I haven't installed from Knoppix yet, but here are some helpful links (I hope) for you.

# Preparing to install Linux:
# Choosing a Linux Distribution:
A Beginner's Guide to Choosing a Linux Distribution
Reasons to Choose or Not Choose Linux
LWN distro list
elinux Linux Distributions
# Freeware tools for partitioning/resizing hard drive partitions
Any Linux Live CD usually have fdisk, cfdisk and other tools available
Ranish Partition Manager
# Understanding Linux Filesystem layout:
Directory Navigation Help File
Filesystems, Directories, and Devices Help File
Proper Filesystem Layout
Advanced filesystem implementor's guide (requires registration)

# Do I buy a boxed source, download off the internet or buy some cheap CDs?
It's your choice! If you download, I suggest that you
Check the MD5sums On the Linux Iso Images
How to Burn ISOs in Windows to install Linux
# Cheap CDs
Discount Linux CDs
Linux Central
Os Heaven
Old 04-28-2004, 10:34 PM   #5
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If you are at the desktop, I would play around with it for awhile, get used to the layout. If you want a root shell, then click on the K in the lower left corner -> Knoppix -> Root Shell
If the desktop does not show up, then in the terminal
type startx and the desktop should load up.

If you are in the desktop, to shutdown click on K -> Logout, this will shutdown the computer and spit out your cdrom.
If you are stuck somewhere else, then ctrl-alt-backspace will shutdown your computer and spit out your cdrom.

If you are having problems booting into the desktop, then check out this cheat sheet site:

When you are comfortable with using knoppix and want to install on the hardrive, I would go to the knoppix web site, they will have instruction on this.

Hope this helps
Old 04-29-2004, 12:35 AM   #6
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The desktop you see (with icons and stuff) is the Linux desktop. Welcome to Linux.

To repeat what twilli said:

To do stuff, click on the "K" icon on the lower left hand corner. This will produce a menu to let you choose what more to do.

If you choose "log out knoppix" from this menu, the computer will shut down and spit out your CD so that you can boot Windows next time.
Old 04-29-2004, 12:50 AM   #7
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You can use control-alt-F2 through F4 to access root virtual terminals.

Out of X, alt-F1 through alt-F4 switches between virtual terminals. Alt-F5 takes you back to the KDE desktop.


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