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How do i create a bootable linux CD?

Posted on 2008-10-11
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Hello there,

Decided to install linpus linux lite on my Vista laptop ,I have created an unpartitioned space in the hard disk by shrinking my primary logical drive through disk management.

I created the cd from a .iso file but it the pc won't boot from it. Boot priority is set to optical drive first, and even tried another pc.

I also tried burning the cd with the .iso files and the .iso.md5 file but still the cd is not bootable.

How do i boot from the cd to install it?

Thanks.
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by:jools
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Is the image you installed a bootable image.

You say you burned it with the iso and the md5???
The iso is an image you would usually just double click on it and it burns if the program association is OK


you should not have a cd with the iso file on it!
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by:pythonV
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The program i have to burn cds is roxio creator 9, it doesn't work. I opened the iso file with daemon tools and copied the files to the disc, not the .iso file.

dont think it should make a difference.
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yes it will, the iso will have the information to make the cd bootable.

in what way doesnt it work?

can you open the iso file from roxio?
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by:pythonV
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When roxio is opened it shows a dialog with "Could not complete the last command because of: unknown error."

This i have tried to fix already, drivers and roxio itself. ill use my other pc to burn iso file. ill get back to you,

thanks.
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by:Rance_Hall
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The most common mistake is to tell your cd burning software to copy the *.iso to the cd.  This is NOT going to work.

The premise of a *.iso file is that it contains enough information to construct a cd with all the needed options.

using your cd burning software there is a "create cd from ISO" option somewhere.

choose this option and the process will ask you to locate the ISO file and then your cd will work.
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by:veedar
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Rance is correct. This may work for your version of Roxio..

1. File --> New Project --> Data --> Create Data Disk
2. Click on the "Make Bootable"
3. Select Bootable image on Hard drive and click browse
4. In the "Files of type" box, select "all file types"
5. Browse to your ISO file and click "Add"
6. Click the big red button to continue

If that does not work ditch roxio and install http://infrarecorder.sourceforge.net/
and burn with that.
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by:rid
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Hmm. "Make bootable" in windows sometimes gives a CD that emulates a floppy boot and not at all what you expect from an .iso image.

The correct way to use an .iso is to tell your burner program to create a "disk image" and point to the .iso for the source. "Unzipping" and copying the .iso contents will not work.
/RID
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by:veedar
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I happen to have Roxio Creator Basic v9 on another computer. Here's what you want...

File -> New Project -> Copy -> Burn an Image
Click Browse and navigate to your ISO
Click the red button to burn
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by:pythonV
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The linux version i installed somehow didn't let me choose between Operating systems when i boot the pc. I  installed ubuntu instead.

The roxio creator basic still brings up the error, im getting nero to burn cds.

Thanks and regards.

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