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StaggerLee Scrapple Since: 3.10.02 From: Right side of the tracks Since last post: 3 days Last activity: 10 hours # 1 Posted on 31.12.09 0153.09 | Instant Rating: 2.88 Okay, I got a laptop a few months ago, and it has windows 7. It runs fine and all, but I was wanting to instal Linux/mint on it. I downloaded the ISO file, and burned it to a DVD. I partitioned the hard drive. I have went into BIOS and set it up to boot from the DVD drive before the hard drive. Here is the problem I am having, it will not boot from the CD. It goes straight to the Windows boot up. I've read all the online tutorials I could google, but the vast majority of information is people trying to reload windows 7 after installing Ubuntu or Mint, and not liking it. No matter what I try, it's not working. Any suggestions? Promote this thread!
thecubsfan Scrapple Moderator Since: 10.12.01 From: Aurora, IL Since last post: 1 hour Last activity: 1 hour # 2 Posted on 31.12.09 0627.55 | Instant Rating: 10.00 Can you burn (or get) another bootable DVD to try? If that one doesn't work either, you know it's the BIOS settings (still somehow looking at the drives in the wrong order) or something with the DVD drive itself. - thecubsfan. com luchablog
wmatistic Andouille Since: 2.2.04 From: Austin, TX Since last post: 21 days Last activity: 1 day
AIM: # 3 Posted on 31.12.09 0720.29 | Instant Rating: 3.08 Silly question but did you save your BIOS changes? Sometimes I exit before saving. Also maybe check for any BIOS updates from the manufacturer, just in case. Did you burn the DVD on this laptop? Dual layer or single?
StaggerLee Scrapple Since: 3.10.02 From: Right side of the tracks Since last post: 3 days Last activity: 10 hours # 4 Posted on 31.12.09 0946.56 | Instant Rating: 2.88 Originally posted by thecubsfan Can you burn (or get) another bootable DVD to try? I've tried the disc in another computer and it worked fine. I also tried the Ubuntu disc that I loaded on a friends laptop, and it did not boot either. I have changed the BIOS settings and saved them (just double checked and tried again with no luck) so I will have to see if there are any BIOS updates. I burned the DVD myself, single layer. (edited by StaggerLee on 31.12.09 0948)
Oliver Scrapple Since: 20.6.02 From: #YEG Since last post: 11 days Last activity: 8 days # 5 Posted on 31.12.09 1155.46 | Instant Rating: 3.28 Many systems have an option to boot directly to DVD or USB key by simply pressing F5 or F6, or whatever else - that could do it. Also, some Linux distros have an option that allow for running Linux through Windows, and then clicking on a "SETUP" button which will reboot through the DVD and set it up otherwise. Keep me in the loop with how well this works.
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Leroy Andouille Since: 7.2.02 From: Huntington, NY Since last post: 3 days Last activity: 1 hour # 6 Posted on 31.12.09 1708.15 | Instant Rating: 6.54 It could also be an issue with the DVD itself. I've had DVDs that have worked in one computer and not worked in another. As recall, an Ubuntu install can fit on a CD, rather than a DVD. I would also try that. There's this section of the Ubuntu website which explains the no CD-ROM install (it's about halfway down the page). You also might want to try the minimal install CD. It will probably take significantly longer, but if you have an older computer that's usually the way to go. Ubuntu is a great way to get into linux. Who likes the little little duckies in the pond? I do, I do, I do, a chicka-quack quack.
Oliver Scrapple Since: 20.6.02 From: #YEG Since last post: 11 days Last activity: 8 days # 7 Posted on 2.1.10 0129.16 | Instant Rating: 3.28 At what speed did you burn the DVD? When burning data, I've always believed that using the slowest speed is always the best. Not sure if that means anything, but hey, it's something, right?
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StaggerLee Scrapple Since: 3.10.02 From: Right side of the tracks Since last post: 3 days Last activity: 10 hours # 8 Posted on 2.1.10 1952.46 | Instant Rating: 2.91 Leroy, tried the flash install, and it didn't work. I am at my wits end! Oh well, maybe I just wasn't made to have Linux! Thanks for all the advice!
Oliver Scrapple Since: 20.6.02 From: #YEG Since last post: 11 days Last activity: 8 days # 9 Posted on 3.1.10 1035.35 | Instant Rating: 3.28 So are you trying to get rid of Windows 7 and put Linux on? Or would running Linux through Windows be of some benefit? Try the directions here (pendrivelinux.com) - I haven't tried it personally, but I'd imagine that it works with whatever flavour of Linux you prefer.
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StaggerLee Scrapple Since: 3.10.02 From: Right side of the tracks Since last post: 3 days Last activity: 10 hours # 10 Posted on 3.1.10 1500.53 | Instant Rating: 2.91
I was wanting to dual boot. I will take a look at that when I get home.
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