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Old 10-08-2003, 03:37 AM   #1
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Unhappy Linux CD wont Boot?!?!

Hi people,
I am trying to create burn my own linux CD.
downloaded mandrake9.1.iso.

when i put the CD in(under windows), it autoruns and give me the screen to choose to install mandrake.
which i chose and it reboots. but the weird thing is it does not boot into mandrake installation. it goes back to windows again....

i have checked the bios and selected to boot from CD-rom.

i have read a few thread regarding this issue, but i checked my CD and the contents of the CDs have quite a few folders(not just .iso image file)

what could be the problem?

please help~ thanks!!!!
Old 10-08-2003, 03:51 AM   #2
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I have had the same problem many a time when burning an iso under XP, though it never showed me a file list. try creating a set of boot floppies and see how you get on with that
Old 10-08-2003, 04:46 AM   #3
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The Mandrake CD offers you the possibility to make a boot floppy instead of booting from CD-ROM. My old box used to have a similar problem. But as long as your floppy drive works, it's piece of cake building a bootdisk and installing from CD after booting the disk.
Just use the rawrite (or something similar) program to write the bare.i (works for most boxes) on floppy, then reboot with your BIOS looking for your floppy drive.
After a while, the disk will search for the CD, and you will be able to install.
Old 10-08-2003, 04:47 AM   #4
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hm... boot floppies?
sorry i am a real linux noobie.

do you mean boot using windows boot disk? and then from then install linux?

sorry if i sound stupid...
Old 10-08-2003, 05:37 AM   #5
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You might try booting directly rather than letting Windows autorun it.

Another thing is to stick a non-bootable floppy in the drive to make it hang. Sometimes the BIOS jumps the gun faster than the CD spins up and so it goes to HD even when CD is prior in order. Pop the floppy out and hit a key and maybe it'll boot from CD then.

Boot floppy means letting Mandrake make a floppy disk to boot the system - like a Windows boot disk, only it will boot Mandrake if you can't boot from CD.
Old 10-08-2003, 06:06 AM   #6
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wow, thanks for all the helpful advices...

ia m going to try tonight, thanks so much!!
Old 10-08-2003, 01:36 PM   #7
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I had to burn the Redhat ISOs several times before I actually got 3 CDs that worked. I played around with the Nero settings a bit, but I don't know if that did it or it was just a stupid Windows thing.
Old 10-08-2003, 01:56 PM   #8
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If you have more than one cd drive, sometimes only one of them works.
try creating a set of boot floppies
You make Linux bootdisks from images of them (similar to the cd image you downloaded) on the cd. The dosutils directory on the cd has a program called rawrite for writing these images to floppies. I think the images are in the images directory.
Old 10-08-2003, 10:54 PM   #9
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thanks to all that have contributed to solve my problem, now it boots!!


though i shall not be contented because as a newbie... i know there are more problems to come... but you guys have helped me to make my very first step.
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you gunna send us all a cream cake as thanks now?
Old 10-09-2003, 06:03 PM   #11
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HI all at LQO. At the moment XP Pro user.

I've just today burnt Mandrake 9.1 install CD 1 & 2 using Nero version OEM

Found this info. They both work. Now all I have to do is start learning.

Instructions using Nero (Ahead Software)
Insert a blank CD into the CD writer.
Launch Nero.
In the File menu, select "Burn CD image".
Choose as file type: all files (*.*), since Nero expects files with the NRG suffix.
Select the ISO image file.
You will see a dialog box asking if you want to supply detailed image parameters. Enter the following parameters:

Type of image: Data Mode 1
Block size: 2048 bytes per sector
File precursor and image trailer: 0 length
No scrambled and no Swapped.
Click on "burn". If the program complains that there are errors in the image file, click on the button "Ignore" and launch the burning.


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