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Can I boot and install linux from the dvd of a Gateway zx4250g-uw308.
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by:Beneford
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I can't see any reason why not.

Get a Linux OS on DVD and see.
I've done this with various computers with CentOS (http://www.centos.org/) and OpenSuSE (http://www.opensuse.org/).
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I have been trying but to no avail.  I have set the boot order to boot the dvd first, I've turned off the secure boot, and changed the CSM from never to always and back and so far no cigar.
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by:Beneford
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Does it boot anything?  eg will it boot from a Windows install disk?
What about Knoppix? I've found that to be reliable in the past.

Have you successfully booted from the same disk in a different computer?
Can you be precise about the DVD image you're trying to boot from?
How did you create it?
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It does not boot anything.  I have also tried things like Partition Magic.  I am using a Suse DVD and it boots on other Gateway machines.  We use some of the features available in Suse so we really need to stick with it.  The DVD we are trying to boot from was burned from a Suse iso and has loaded the operating system on a couple dozen computers.  The problem must have to do with something like the secure boot in the new bios or UEFI.  I just groping for answers.

Cheers
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by:Beneford
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Can you disable UEFI in BIOS? I've seen UEFI enabled computers with the ability to boot legacy.
Have you got an external USB DVD drive you can plug in and try from that?
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I have disabled UEFI by saying CSM never.  I will try the external drive.
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I found out the model Gateway I had will not allow the loading of another operating system.
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by:Beneford
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That's odd.
You don't have RAID enabled in the BIOS do you? If so, try disabling it.
WARNING: Be prepared to lose everything on the hard disk.
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I called Gateway and they said I could not install Linux on the machine I had.
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It was the answer to my question
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