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Old 09-01-2010, 06:46 PM   #1
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Question Windoze box...Wanting to make an ISO for Linux


I'm a n00bie, so be kind. I have this Win 2000 Pro machine. It's a 1.2 gig/1gb of P133RAM. I'm not the brightest crayola in the box, OK? What do I need to have (hardware)/(software) to go to the site and make an ISO? What IS an ISO?

I've GOT to keep my Win machine going after the download in Windows. I'm having another machine ASUS P5 machine built and I'm going to load Ubuntu on it to run special Amateur radio programs.

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Basically, you need a CD-writer and a CD-burning program (Nero, Roxio, CDBurnerXP Pro, ImgBurn, etc). An ISO file is just a bit for bit copy of a CD or DVD. You download the file, then you open your CD burning program and select "Burn from Image" (in Roxio, I believe this is something like File -> Burn Disc from Image - other programs will have something similar). Then you select the iso file you want to burn to CD and it just copies it bit for bit onto the media.

When you browse the final CD that you create, it should be a collection of files that were contained within the ISO image. If when you browse the CD, you only see a single *.iso file, then you did it incorrectly.
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I assume that you want to download an ISO file and burn it to DVD/CD.

In a nutshell an ISO file is a byte for byte copy of a data DVD/CD. The iso extension is shorted from ISO9660 which is the specification of how data written to CD.

Windows does not come with any software to burn an ISO file but you can download free software like isorecorder. Nero or other similar purchased software can also write ISO images to CDs.

Just a word of caution that posting your email address opens yourself to every spammer out there.
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:44 AM   #4
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"Thanks" ;-)

Thank You, Both. I don't have a DVD burner on this machine, and old iWILL. This computer is at least 10 years old. I'll have to find a DVD Read/Write/Re-write piece of gear and use it, until I can put it in my NEW Asus machine. I think it's a old dual-core, 3.2gig/2gigs of RAM.

This old, Windoze box is being 're-dedicated' to off-line service and will be used as a jukebox to play my classical music, OLD rock-n-roll, and yes, beer-drinkin', belt-buckle polishing, honky-tonk tunes,

The new Asus box will run Ubuntu (?) for the ham radio programs it has for digital communications. I also have plans to keep pictures of different things: mountains, valleys, forest, jungles, waterfalls, space pictures.

Oh, the e-maul address? It's one I rarely use. I have a G-mail account I get my "heavy" mail in, he,he,he. AOL blocks nothing so the spam just goes to a folder and I can look at the subjects, without ever opening them. Then, after so long, they are deleted anyway. They can spam me with Viagra, watch, stocks, marriage proposals, etc., I never even open them and then they are dropped.

It's too bad Congress did have the chutzpah to pass legislation to stop this un-asked for Bravo Sierra,

Well, I guess I'd better go back to bed. I have a doctor's appointment in the morning, regular check-up.

Warmest Regard,
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hi there,

I think the best idea would be to take windoze off the box forever after making all the necessary back ups but then again there are some other options
1. Download Ubuntu or a ubuntu like distribution. They have wubi (an installer) that would install linux as an appplication on your computer. I am not sure if it would work with a Win2000 OS though.
2. You can use a friends computer to burn an iso cd and you can then install that.
3. There is this network install - but then you would I am not sure if your computer has the proper card.
4. You can also use a live cd - knoppix recommended



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