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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

10 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.

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gimmelotsarobots

10 years ago

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

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NachoMahmagimmelotsarobots

Reply 10 years ago

. 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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gimmelotsarobotsNachoMahma

Reply 10 years ago

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

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gimmelotsarobotsNachoMahma

Reply 10 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!

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gimmelotsarobots

10 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. :(

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gimmelotsarobots

10 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?

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NachoMahmagimmelotsarobots

Reply 10 years ago

. 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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zachninmegimmelotsarobots

Reply 10 years ago

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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gimmelotsarobotszachninme

Reply 10 years ago

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

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NachoMahmagimmelotsarobots

Reply 10 years ago

. 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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NachoMahmagimmelotsarobots

Reply 10 years ago

. 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

10 years ago

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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NachoMahmagimmelotsarobots

Reply 10 years ago

. 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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gimmelotsarobotsNachoMahma

Reply 10 years ago

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

10 years ago

. 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.