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    Mandriva one 2007 cd download HELP


    Hello
    I am an extreme Linux newbie.

    I want to get out of Windows and found out about the Mandriva one cd that sounds like a good way to get initiated. I downloaded the files (this version: mandriva-one-2007-free-gnome.iso) . They are on my computer and I copied them to a CD.

    According to the Mandriva website you just pop in the CD and install...nothing at all happens for me, though. So there must be more to it than that.

    I'd love some guidance on this!

    thanks,
    HG

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    Welcome to the forums, harmonicagoldfish

    It sounds like you simply copied the ISO file to the CD, but that won't work. The file must be burned as an image to the CD. Most CD burning apps offer a burn as image option. When properly burned, the CD should have multiple files on it. If you only see one file (the ISO file), the burn was not done properly.
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    thanks for the reply.

    I think that is exactly what I did. I used the windows xp 'write to cd' option.

    I do not think I have a cd burner app...I'm guessing it is something I can download? I have only used media player to burn in the past.

    Also, once I figure all that out. The files that I downloaded included a cdrom folder and a usb folder. Am I right in assuming that all I need to copy is the cdrom folder?

    thanks.

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    The file you want will end with .iso

    Be sure you don't unzip or decompress it as it's ready "as is" to be burned to the CD as an image. Here are a couple links that should help you get it burned properly:

    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/ins...nstall-cd.html

    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/ins...o-cd-free.html

    Oh, and don't make the CD bootable, because the burning process will do that automatically.
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    thank you, ozar.

    I had unzipped it. I will be sure to burn the unzipped version, thanks.

    I'm off to read those links you provided!

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    I am downloading a cd burner. While that is happening, I went to look at the files that were downloaded from mandriva. There are 3 folders: boot, isolinux, and loopbacks. If I open the folders, there seems to be nothing ending in .iso, though there is the isolinux folder...

    Here are the contents of the 3 folders:

    Boot: subfolders -->cdrom, usb
    boot Files -->vmlinuz, help.msg, live.msg (both msg files won't open)

    cdrom files --> initrd.gz, syslinux.cfg

    isolinux files --> boot.cat, isolinux.bin, isolinux.cfg

    loopbacks file--> distrib.sqfs


    what to do?
    thanks!

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    never mind...those were the unzipped files and folders...oops

    I'm off to burn and will let you know if it all works out.

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    ok, so I found the iso file. I downloaded a cd burner and burned it as an image to the disk and....nothing.

    Does anyone know if I need to do anything else in order for this to work?

    thanks!

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    Did you set your BIOS to boot from the CD-ROM first?
    'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.'
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    oh yes - it's been set to do that since my hard-drive crashed last March (sigh) and I double checked it this morning.

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