Not your regular CD-won't-boot story...
Okay. Hello, all.
I'm a first-timer, and I'm trying to install Debian 3.1. Whether or not you think this is a good idea, I can't.
I downloaded (and checked) an ISO from a mirror, burned that (with lots of bootable ISO tweaking), and that wouldn't boot. I tried several different burning methods, and none of them would boot. Then I ran out of CD-Rs. So I bit down hard and bought a pre-burned Debian CD (and Knoppix).
The Debian CD simply won't boot. Windows loads every time. And this isn't your regular CD-won't-boot story, because:
1. My system boots from the Knoppix live cd just fine. It also boots from the Win XP recovery CD just fine. CD drive is the first boot device in BIOS (etc).
2. The Debian CD I'm using is bootable on my friend's laptop (to a text prompt with a garbled logo picture above).
3. If I switch off all other bootable devices in BIOS, forcing a CD boot, I get "OS not found."
4. The Debian CD is browseable in Windows. It has multiple files and folders. It auto-runs.
I'm running a two-year-old Sager 8890 laptop with a P4 desktop processor, a gig of ram, a fairly recent CD drive that does everything up to DVD burning, and (here's where I think the problem is) a fairly new HDD with Windows XP installed in the primary partition, and a small secondary partition, which is empty.
Can partition layouts cause a CD to not boot? What else could it be? My cd drive being selective with what it boots?
All I want is to have a multiple-boot system (Debian and XP) from the one HDD.
Any ideas how to get there?
Reformatting (via the XP cd) and repartitioning (however) are options.
Appologies for the generic question; Yes I have Googled, Yes I have searched the forums here.
Thanks for any help...
Re: Not your regular CD-won't-boot story...
That should not be a problem. All of the distros I've used will boot to a Linux system of some variety before the hard drive is touched. And all of them have the tools for at least deleting, creating and (re)formatting existing partitions.
Originally Posted by zep_n