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Old 05-27-2002, 05:26 PM   #1
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what are iso files?

sorry for the lame question. i'm having a bunch of problems installing slack (yep, slack for the newbie) and i'm wondering if this isn't my problem. i downloaded the current slackware from the net, burned it, and tried to bootup (i triple checked cmos to make sure the drive's bootable so that not the problem). i think i hear the the computer (acer notelite, 16mb) reading the disk, but it just continues to start windows. so my question: did i not burn the files right? what's iso? thanks in advance
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an iso si a one on one copy of a cd in one file
that you can burn for example in nero
Old 05-27-2002, 11:23 PM   #4
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what's the boot order?? Does the BIOS look for a bootable CD before looking for the MBR on the HD? if you're not able to boot to the cd, try changing to CDROM, A:\, C:\ or whatever your bios settings are... just so CD is first, or I think there's a bootdisk utility on their ftp site, you might want to make a boot floppy that boots to the CD drive...

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Old 05-28-2002, 05:44 PM   #5
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Which burning software are you using? If you are using Easy CD Creator (new or older versions) it is very simple to burn an iso to disk. Just double click on the iso file and CD Creator will open up. Make sure there is a black CD in the burner (of course =) ) and then click on the button that says something like "Start Recording" (depending on what version you have). If you are using Nero, which I am not very familiar with, there should be an option to burn a CD image (this is what an iso file is).

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Old 05-29-2002, 07:37 AM   #6
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ISO - International Standards Organization
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heh, for once one of your random acronyms is correct in this case. My knowledge is that cd's conform to ISO9660 standard as people will be familiar with from cases such as "mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom" and so this standard was just abreviated back to "iso". all the color book stuff is pretty interesting if you'er bored one afternoon.


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