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    Installing off download to new drive; With a twist

    Some one gave me an older Windows machine and I had to put a hard drive into it. It is formatted and partitioned with nothing on it. I plan on installing Ubuntu 6.0.6. My only way to download the distro is thru my iMac. The files come in as iso's,
    and I have been trying to use Discribe to format a readable CD to boot off of. I've tried 3 different writing schemes thru Discribe and the last, a Mac/Iso hybrid, did nothing when inserted in the computer for start up. I've also opened the iso and copied that to a CD with no results. So what is the bios looking for? Do I have to install DOS to get this thing running thru a file upload? The computer is a Dell that originally had a service edition of 98 on it but I don't have the disk. can you help with the procedure?

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    Btw, the Discribe program came with my Iomega CD burner and is obviously setup for Mac.

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    Join Date
    May 2004
    arch linux
    Welcome to the forums!

    You can check this HowTo for properly downloading and burning an ISO file to the blank CD as an image:

    Hope all goes well for you.

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    Thanks for the link. I did as noted and came up with isolinux not being able to find the CD-Rom device and boot failing. Any ideas? The CD-Rom btw is labeled as "B" drive and not "D" as in most computers. Noting that this is a 166Mhz machine running a Pentium MMX processor and would probably have run Windows 98 originally. Thx.

    P.S. The CD is first in the boot sequence.

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    One other thing that was mentioned and flew past me was that the specifications packet failed. Maybe this was the reason the CD-Rom wasn't found.

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