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Old 01-26-2007, 11:27 PM   #1
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Unhappy can't load linux software to my pc

I am trying to load linux SUSE 10.1 to my PC. I have never used this OS before. Formatted hard drive and set the DVD as the boot drive. When the computer is started the message "disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter." According to the information with the SUSE disk all I had to do was stick the DVD in and I would get a screen allowing me to proceed with installation. Because I am not a computer expert i am now stumped. I really don't wnat to succumb to Microsoft.
Old 01-27-2007, 03:35 AM   #2
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There are a couple of possible reasons for this:
- incorrect harddrive jumper settings (the drive should be set to MASTER if there's no other operating system in the computer
- booting from CDROM is disabled in BIOS; you can usually get to BIOS by hacking at Del during boot
- the Suse DVD does not work. If you burned the DVD yourself, verify that you really burned the DVD from the Suse ISO image. Just burning a data DVD with the ISO image into it will not work. Usually this means that you'll have to select "Burn ISO image" from your DVD burning software menus.
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On your machine, verify that some other bootable CD or DVD will boot.

With the SUSE DVD, verify that it will boot on a different computer.

The "burn from iso" trap is all too common--view the DVD contents and make sure there are many files and folders. If there is just one file ending in .iso, then you have to burn a new disk.
Old 01-27-2007, 09:48 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by pixellany
The "burn from iso" trap is all too common--view the DVD contents and make sure there are many files and folders. If there is just one file ending in .iso, then you have to burn a new disk.
Agree. Very common for new to Linux users to burn the ISO file straight to CD/DVD. If this is the case, here is a web page that might help:

Hope this helps.


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