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Old 11-11-2007, 02:00 PM   #1
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What Do I Do with a .ISO File?


I am new to Linux, but not to programming or computers. Enjoying it (Linux) very much and am looking forward to the journey up the learning curve.

I've successfully installed Ubuntu on an old PC. I wanted to try the installation of another Distro so I went to the Getting Debian page and over 2.5 days downloaded the Full set of DvDs for the i386. I have never downloaded a DvD image for anything before, but chatting around the office led me to believe you only had to burn the image onto a DvD and you'd be good to go.

I tried this - I now have 3 DvDs worth of Debian, plus a 4th with updates totalling some 1.27 GB. However, the computer just laughs at me when I try to boot from the DvD.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Old 11-11-2007, 02:27 PM   #2
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I assume that when you browse the DVD you see lots of files, not just 1 iso file?
PC set to boot from DVD? (or maybe F12 for boot menu at sratup)
Old 11-11-2007, 02:46 PM   #3
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Copy data, Burn images. You have to BURN the image to a disk. If you COPY the image, then it wont boot during startup.
Old 11-11-2007, 02:49 PM   #4
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It seems you burn your .iso's as files, not as images.
Old 11-11-2007, 03:51 PM   #5
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Welcome to LQ!
the computer just laughs at me when I try to boot from the DvD.
Sorry, but "laughs at me" doesn't help
Did it play laugh.ogg ? (Joke)
We need to know exactly what it says, or does, or doesn't do, to help you to diagnose the problem.
Exact error messages, or careful explanation of what happened will help us to help you.
The previous posters are correct: Burn the .iso file specially, there'll be something in your burning software (I do not know if you are using linux or windows-whatever to do this) that lets you select this.
Old 11-11-2007, 04:27 PM   #6
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Hi Everyone.

OK, so maybe I was a little casual with the desccription of the problem - next time I'll be as completely specific about it as my teutonic mind will allow. Watch out!

Anyhow, Jlo_sandog's observation was bang on. I must have copied the .iso file to the DvD. Thsi time I tried "burn" and it worked. Many thanks to all who replied, I am back in the ballgame again thanks to you!

Best Regards



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