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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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ikem (author)2008-08-17

If you need help, try to catch me in the irc of freenode.net channel linux my nick is always ikem like here.

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gimmelotsarobots (author)2008-04-05

Alright, the cd boots in another computer. What should I do?

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. 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.

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Alright, I saw a brief failed message. but failed was the only word I saw.

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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!

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gimmelotsarobots (author)2008-04-05

If you run entirely out of ideas, is there some overhaul method?

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P.S. If not, I'm just gonna buy a new motherboard and processor. The case says it's a pentium 1. :(

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gimmelotsarobots (author)2008-04-05

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?

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. 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.

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Should I extract the content of the .iso image and burn that?

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If you open up the CD, and theres just one file on it, the ISO, you did it wrong. If you had to extract the contents first, you did it wrong. Google "ISORecorder" -- its foolproof.

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ISORecorder worked for the burn, but the computer still won't burn from the CD!

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. Make sure the BIOS is set to boot from CD first (or at least before the HDD). If that's not the problem, I'm stumped. . See it the CD will boot on another computer. . See if the computer in question will boot from a Win install disc, live Linux CD, &c;.

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. No. Special info is written to the disc so it will boot. This info is not written if you just copy the files.
. If you downloaded the file from http://www.arklinux.org/content/en/Get+Ark+Linux+Live+Dockyard-devel , it's already in the right format (ISO) and you don't need to do anything to it. If you got the file elsewhere, it may be in RAR or some other format and you will need to extract the ISO file from it.
. Start your burning program (I use Nero Express. Haven't used ISORecorder, but if Zach thinks it's OK, that's good enough for me) and tell it you want to burn a disc from an image file. Select the ISO you downloaded and burn away.

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gimmelotsarobots (author)2008-04-05

Well I followed the directions given by Ark Linux, but I was a little unsure about the fact that it was an ISO image file.

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. Which program did you use to do the burning? And did you use an option like "Burn ISO image to disc"?

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I used Nero burning rom, but then zachninme said to use isorecorder. isorecorder worked for burning, but the computer still won't boot from the disk.

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NachoMahma (author)2008-04-04

. You probably downloaded an image file. If you burned/copied this file to the CD, it won't work. If you burned it correctly and set the BIOS to boot from CD, then I dunno. Maybe try putting the CD drive on the other EIDE cable as the master, but that's just a wild guess.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)NachoMahma2008-04-05

I agree, probably not burned right.

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