cannot boot linux, endlessly loops to acer start screen & back 2 knoppix penguin...
Hi I'm new to linux/knoppix
I am trying to access/save files from an unbootable Windows XP laptop (acer, oem installation, windows could not start- corrupt- windows/system32/config/system)
i have knoppix 6.2 and can load from cd (downloaded by bitorrent ) to the screen with the penguin and it tries to boot then says; loading linux.................then loading minirt.gz.............
THEN comp. starts a repeating cycle of going to a white acer start screen that has the option of DEL enter setup or F12 enter BIOS then loops back to the knoppix booting as i described above
I have tried a few cheatcodes but it seems to be rebooting/restarting (with a beep) before linux gets a chance to boot anything
Have also tried to stop automatic restarting from BIOS somehow but dont know how to do this, (and when i disabled "power on self test" it restarted with memory test failed - dont know if that is relevant)
md5 checksums are the same
i right clicked the downloaded knoppix iso, sent to winMD5Sum, opened md5 file that came with download, copied, pasted and compared =same