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Old 08-14-2004, 11:54 PM   #1
mgoldade
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Linux Cd Boot?!


Ok, I have created a copy of the ISO's for both SUSE and Mandrake. I used Nero to burn the ISO's. Standard settings in Nero. I try to boot the pc with the disks and they won't do a boot.?! Is there some way I need to change the ISO to create a bootable CD? Why won't it install? Do I need a partition created? No Partition? What do I do??? I just want to install it!!! Somebody help me please!
 
Old 08-15-2004, 12:02 AM   #2
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You've either burned it wrong, or you've not change your BIOS settings to boot first from the CD-rom device. Take a look in this tutorial about how to create bootable disks:

http://www.linuxiso.org/viewdoc.php/howtoburn.html

Good luck!
 
Old 08-15-2004, 01:59 AM   #3
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you probably dont have your bios setup correctly.

restart the computer and press F2 or Del or whatever it tells you. Then you will be in the bios.

Find the section that lets you select the first bootable device, 2nd bootable device etc. Change so that the CD rom is at the top of the list
 
Old 08-15-2004, 07:26 AM   #4
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Ok, I have the bios set up for cd boot. Had that all along.
As for burning the cd, I have checked the link you gave me. I have nero, and have burned 3 copies, no go. The system I am trying to install it on is:

Dell Dimension P166v
32MB Ram
2GB HD
CD
1.44 floppy

Very basic system.

What I find odd first is that there is no exe files in the root dir of the cd. No setup file.

So, I try to boot from CD and the message I get is:

ISOLINUX 2.08 0x4072248c isolinux:
Cannot boot from this CD. Please use CD2 or try a BIOS update.

Now, as far as I can tell, there are no bios updates for this pc.
Do I toss this box onto the scrap heap and salvage the HD & CD for another?
 
Old 08-15-2004, 07:28 AM   #5
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how did you burn it? did you burn it as an image? (file->burn image)
 
Old 08-15-2004, 07:36 AM   #6
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Yes. I'm using Nero 6. I cancel the wizard, I chose <recorder><Burn Image>I select the iso file fror SuSE, I select finalize cd and click burn.
 
Old 08-15-2004, 02:33 PM   #7
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Did you try using CD2 as the installer suggests?. I will give you an advice though... SuSE and Mandrake wont run in that system. If it will, it will without a graphical interface (command line only) or else your system will crawl.

If you need speed, go with Debian or Slackware and use a light desktop environment, such as IceWM or Flux/Blackbox...
 
Old 08-15-2004, 07:10 PM   #8
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Ok, first of all, there is no cd2 for the suse install.
So, could it be how I am burning the ISO, could it be the bios, or is the system just too slow for the OS?
I am going to pick up a couple Dell 600mhz w/128mb and a 7.5gb hd tomorrow. These should probably do the job.
I think personally that it is just the pc I am trying to install it on, but on the other side of the coin, all the iso's I burnt have no executible files in the root. How can they be bootable without???
I just hate to go through this with the new pc as well.
Better to have all the wrinkles ironed out before...
 
Old 08-15-2004, 07:15 PM   #9
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linux doesnt use the convention of *.exe = executable
if a file is made executable, then it'd executable, regardless of extension or lack thereof
the CD is bootable because it has a boot record on it
look at an old ms-dos boot disk - it has 3 files:

config.sys
autoexec.bat
command.com

no .exe's there, but dos did use the *.exe for executables

moral of the story: there doesnt need to be any *.exe's, just a boot record.
 
Old 08-15-2004, 08:46 PM   #10
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I tried to put Windows back onto an old PC once and it would not boot from the CD, even though the BIOS was set up to. Maybe its just something with old computers
 
  


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