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Old 06-02-2004, 01:53 PM   #1
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Knoppix live wont run ?

It's my first post, so i'd just like to congratulate you on a tremendous forum you've got here, keep up the good work.
I have a problem i hope you can help me with, pretty straight forward really !
I've got Knoppix V3.4 burnt to a disc.
I change the boot order to boot from cd.
I restart and all i get is invalid system disk error.
Could somebody please tell me where i'm going wrong ?
I need to get away from windows, i dont think i can take any more of it, it's such poor workmanship, i'll leave it there before i feel one of my turns comin

Thanks again.
Old 06-02-2004, 02:13 PM   #2
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Welcome to the world of Linux!!
Before you go any farther, may I suggest
using a different distrobution?
While Knoppix is a fine distro. it is not,
IMHO, not the best for beginners of Linux.
I would suggest the latest of either:
Fedora, SUSE, or Mandrake. All have lots
of programs with it and they are easy to use.
If you still wist to use Knoppix let me know and I'll try
to help you with it.

Old 06-02-2004, 02:16 PM   #3
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Firstly, Knoppix Live CD is great to see if Linux will run on your system - you can see whether your hardware is detected without going through the pain of installing and hitting problems.

It may be that the iso image you burned from is corrupt. Check your md5sums with these instructions: and check that you burned correctly with these instructions:
Old 06-02-2004, 02:27 PM   #4
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Okay, two little things: firstly, did you make sure there wasn't a floppy in the drive? Secondly, you didn't just burn the image file to the cd did you? Sorry if I'm insulting your intelligence, but i'm a repair tech, and I've learned to ask the stupid questions first.
Old 06-02-2004, 02:35 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies.
I ran md5sum.exe and it has reported 58 files 58 errors?
Maybe i have got a bad copy or i have used md5sum incorrectly, i dont know. Not a god start tho.

Thanks again.
Old 06-02-2004, 02:37 PM   #6
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Bad ISO. Try downloading a bit torrent client and then getting the latest version from for knoppix. After you download that, please re-run the md5sum for that version!
Oh yeah, make sure to use bit torrent because otherwise you have to wait a while

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Old 06-02-2004, 02:48 PM   #7
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I initially got this off a bittorrent site, took me 4 hours to get down.
It's the second time i've tried to run knoppix, with 2 different versions, seems i just can't get a good one ?
Ah well, i'll keep trying.
Thanks for the replies, your help has been much appreciated.

Thank you.
Old 06-02-2004, 03:12 PM   #8
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The answer to both your questions is no.
The file came down off bittorrent zipped up, when unzipped i have the following folders

Linux Tag

Then i have,

Ms-Dos Autorun

The overall size of the disc is 689Mb.

Sorry to be a pain, i just need to know whether or not to bin this and look for another.

Thanks again.
Old 06-02-2004, 05:18 PM   #9
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I'm going to get Knoppix soon. I'm using Mandrake Linux 9.2 right now. I'm pretty much a linux n00b too.

Man, just try the multitude of FTP's there with it. Download managers are good too. good luck on your second download.
Old 06-03-2004, 04:32 PM   #10
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head on over to or the knoppix main page get a mirror and download knoppix. This will be an .iso file. Next if you supect a corrupt download for whatever reason type(in linux) 'md5sum knoppix-3.4.iso' and compare that value to the one on, if they match everything is fine. Burn the file from image. Usually file->burn image in windows burning apps like nero. Unless you have a very small amount of RAM or very odd hardware knoppix should boot up fine.
Old 06-03-2004, 06:17 PM   #11
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grab this months copy of Linux has several different live distros on it and Knoppix is on there. I cant boot from DVD (hardware probs) but i use a floppy with "sbtmgr" -smart boot manager i think. You can download this, just do a search, and since it is a floppy utility it is small.



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