need linux help

I finally finished downloading Ark Linux Dockyard, but my computer won't boot from the cd drive! I set the BIOS to cd, and set the cd drive to slave, but I can't seem to get the computer to boot from cd! It is an old Gateway E-3000 that ran Windows 98. I have tried to install both Ark Linux and Ubuntu. Please help!

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ikem9 years ago
If you need help, try to catch me in the irc of freenode.net channel linux my nick is always ikem like here.
gimmelotsarobots (author) 9 years ago
Alright, the cd boots in another computer. What should I do?
. First, I'd try a CD that I know will boot - Window install, &c. Preferably a pressed disc, not one that has been burned. If that works, you probably need to clean or replace the CD drive. . If that doesn't work, I would put the CD drive from the computer that will boot from the CD into the computer that won't. If that doesn't work, then it's beyond me.
gimmelotsarobots (author)  NachoMahma9 years ago
Alright, I saw a brief failed message. but failed was the only word I saw.
gimmelotsarobots (author)  NachoMahma9 years ago
Alright, I switched the drives, but now after Ark Linux is done formatting my drives (it says it is making a fileset), it restarts and starts all over again!
gimmelotsarobots (author) 9 years ago
If you run entirely out of ideas, is there some overhaul method?
P.S. If not, I'm just gonna buy a new motherboard and processor. The case says it's a pentium 1. :(
gimmelotsarobots (author) 9 years ago
Also, what would happen if I put the hard drive in another compputer, and used that computer try and install linux on the hard drive, then put it back in the computer I want linux in?
. Unless both computers have the same hardware, it's pretty iffy. The proper drivers may not install. . If the CD will boot in the second machine, you know the CD is OK. . . PS: There's always the possibility that you had a bad burn.
gimmelotsarobots (author)  NachoMahma9 years ago
Should I extract the content of the .iso image and burn that?
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