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 Post subject: Having trouble installing Linux (Ubuntu/Puppy)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:30 am 
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I have a Dell Dimension 4100 that I am trying to install Linux on. I can't get DBAN to run or Puppy/Ubuntu. It just spits the disc out after it tries to read it. CDROM is the first piece of hardware that is started so I know it's not that. I don't know what else could be the problem. It just spits the disc out and then loads Windows.

What seems to be the issue here?


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 Post subject: Re: Having trouble installing Linux (Ubuntu/Puppy)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:48 am 
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Sounds like the disc is not being read properly. Have you tested the burn on a different PC?

I prefer to use USB sticks because it is quicker to create them and trivial to update your ISO without using a new disc. Also, they tend to produce less bad 'copies'.

If it isn't the burn, it could be that the drive itself is having trouble reading the media. Again, trying to use a USB stick instead might help.

Your question is pretty vague .. honestly, there are a lot of things that could be going wrong. Check the boot order in the BIOS, then the burn on the disc, then the CD-ROM's ability to read a disc. If those don't work, we'll think of something else.


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 Post subject: Re: Having trouble installing Linux (Ubuntu/Puppy)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:24 am 
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How do I create a bootable USB disc that can work on a computer as old as the Dell I have?
I used the Ubuntu disc previously on my computer (i7 build) as well as on a USB drive.
I checked the boot order and the CD/DVD ROM is the first item in the list.


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 Post subject: Re: Having trouble installing Linux (Ubuntu/Puppy)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:03 pm 
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If your laptop can boot from USB, you create it the same way you'd create any bootable USB drive.

If your laptop can not boot from USB, you're hosed.


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 Post subject: Re: Having trouble installing Linux (Ubuntu/Puppy)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 1:41 pm 
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It's a desktop and it doesn't have any option to boot from USB>


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 Post subject: Re: Having trouble installing Linux (Ubuntu/Puppy)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:12 pm 
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maniacm0nk3y wrote:
It's a desktop and it doesn't have any option to boot from USB>


Ah .. sorry, I shouldn't have assumed it was a laptop simply because it is a Dell.

Can the drive read other bootable media? Ie, a Windows install disc?


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 Post subject: Re: Having trouble installing Linux (Ubuntu/Puppy)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:31 pm 
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I'm not sure. I will check.


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 Post subject: Re: Having trouble installing Linux (Ubuntu/Puppy)
PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 3:40 am 
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Installing from cd doesn't work. Does this mean I am basically unable to do anything with it then?


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 Post subject: Re: Having trouble installing Linux (Ubuntu/Puppy)
PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:30 am 
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It sounds like your CD drive is toast.

Can you pull another drive from a different machine to test?


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