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    Default Linux won't boot from CD

    I have installed Fedora 5 on a spare CD to see what it looked like. This PC had no OS on it. I like it so I thought I'd install it on my main PC on which I run Win XP. I have 2 hard drives so I thought I would install it on "D".

    I changed my CMOS to boot from CD but nothing happens. The CD drive is OK because it runs games. The Linux CD is Ok as it installs OK on my other PC. When I try to look at the contents of the disk in Windows the disk is blank. It is as if Windows is trying to stop me installing another OS on my spare HD.

    Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Linux won't boot from CD

    You will not see anything on a Linux disk with windows.It really should boot and install ok
    windows can not be stopping that.There is something else amiss and maybe someone else will come up with the answer.
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    Default Re: Linux won't boot from CD

    Forgive me if I'm wrong, but doesn't Fedora Core 5 have only an install version of the OS and not a live CD?

    I think you have to go to Fedora 7 to get a live CD of Fedora.

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    Default Re: Linux won't boot from CD

    I gather that he is trying to install not run off the CD.
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    Default Re: Linux won't boot from CD

    Quote Originally Posted by kjaada View Post
    I gather that he is trying to install not run off the CD.
    Its hard to know exactly what this person is trying to do based on their mixing up of terms (installing to CD, changing CMOS ...)
    From my understanding, they have created an install disc, tried to boot from it, and the computer won't boot from CD. Yet the CD player will play games ok and the media is ok in that it will boot from another computer.

    To the thread-starter... when you changed the boot devices, did it save the option? You can check this by going to BIOS and seeing what device is set as first boot device. It should be CD-ROM. Do you know if the CD player is set as slave or master. This information is usually splashed on screen during bootup
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    Default Re: Linux won't boot from CD

    Quote Originally Posted by kjaada View Post
    You will not see anything on a Linux disk with windows.
    This is a CD we are talking about, not a hard drive formated in (say) ext3 which is not visible to MS Windows. The file system for a CD is ISO9660 or some variant - this is universal and should be able to be read by Windows, Linux, whatever ....
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    Default Re: Linux won't boot from CD

    Quote Originally Posted by Myth View Post
    You can check this by going to BIOS and seeing what device is set as first boot device.
    Maybe I am being pedantic but the mis-use of terms continues. The BIOS is a set of pre-determined routines that can only be changed by flashing. The CMOS is where things like the boot order is changed.
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    Default Re: Linux won't boot from CD

    As far as I know FC7 comes with a Live CDROM and an install DVD - are you trying to read a DVD in a CD reader?
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnd View Post
    Maybe I am being pedantic but the mis-use of terms continues. The BIOS is a set of pre-determined routines that can only be changed by flashing. The CMOS is where things like the boot order is changed.
    Continuing with the pedantic thread:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BIOS

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CMOS

    BIOS is definitely where you change your boot settings.

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    Default Re: Linux won't boot from CD

    Quote Originally Posted by autechre View Post
    Continuing with the pedantic thread:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BIOS

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CMOS

    BIOS is definitely where you change your boot settings.
    Reading this does not change anything I said - the BIOS is firmware which cannot be changed by the user unless you flash it. The CMOS is where the user makes changes to settings.
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