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what are you loading it on?
If something that has or had windows and motherboard is EFI or UEFI, then you will need to adjust BIOS settings if Linux alone, or do some workarounds if dual boot.
loading it on my
dell 530s to duel boot with Win 7. this isn't a bios problem James it's something to do with downloading the "correct MDS checksum" and I can't figure it out, In my op I gave a site that explains this but like I said, I'm just not getting something.
do you understand how MD5 checksum works?
It has nothing to do with the ISO working or not. It's only a means of checking if you got the ISO completely intact, or it was hit up while downloading. Since you've done it at 5 different places I sort of doubt you got them all as corrupted.
How it works is you download the ISO, then run the MD5 checking program on it which will give you a value. You then compare that value to what is the correct one to see if it matches. If so, then you most likely got a good download. That's all it's about.
no I don't understand checksum
when I download the iso I also download the checksum?
what exactly is happening?
Here's a MD5 for one of those ISO files.
When you run the install after burning the ISO file to the disc, is it requesting the MD5 during that process? You can download any file ending in MD5 and open it in a text editor and get the MD5 "hash" for it.
well James it's weird
with all 5 disc's I've tries, the splash screen comes up and than the screen goes blank and nothing happens after that. It'll just stay blank forever if I didn't manually hit the power button to shut down. I have however loaded several other distro's like the one I'm on now without a hitch. which by the way is PCLinuxOS
I'm beginning to feel like a DIMWIT
and I know it has to be something simple I'm missing
Turn off "secure boot" in the BIOS
if you have that as an option, then try it.
I'll look at the Bios
and see if Secure Boot is an option
did you read and use that info
about "systemd" and doing the boot process and which type of install? Are you trying to load a 64 bit Linux onto a mobo with only 32 bit capable processor? How long are you waiting on the install before you stop it manually? Can you reach choices where you can choose "something else" or whatever they use to allow manual partitioning and installation?
"it's something to do with downloading the "correct MDS checksum" "
All that does is allow you to check the MD5 sum they obtained when checking their ISO to see if you get the same MD5 sum after downloading it. If so, then good to go. It's not necessary item for installing the distro though. Here's a wiki on it. It's no longer considered "secure" but it's still good enough for checking downloaded ISO files for the most part, especially those from a trusted source if only to insure the ISO downloaded gives the same sum which means it came intact across the internet. That's ALL it does, and isn't necessary for burning the ISO and using it beyond verifying you got a good download of the ISO.
No I made sure
I downloaded 32 bit (x84) each time and I waited over an hour one time just to make sure it wasn't gonna fire up so I assumed I was doing something wrong . I tried the downloads that I was directed to by the Distro makers and they all had that MD5 right with them, I'll give it another go after I study up on the info you supplied. I thank you James...Digger
Hit ESC key
when the splash screen comes up and see if you get a screen with options to change during the boot process or not.
Here's common boot options
If ESC key didn't work, maybe you hit it at the wrong time, or need to hit a Function key. Perhaps that site will tell you. Here's the options in Ubuntu which are pretty common for all Linux distros during the boot process since they all use GRUB or GRUB2. You just have to figure how to get to them. I remember years back using Knoppix on various computers and some were a pain to get it booted on, just trial and error of what would and wouldn't work for a particular motherboard.
I'll give it another shot in a day or so
I've never had any problems with any distro before but this ones had me up on it for a day and a half and put the whoopin' on me lol. I just thought maybe because I've never tried a Gentoo distro I was screwing it up. I Will Get This Right! Thanks again for your time James.....Digger
I'm going back to bed now
too much to think on at this hour, lol.
hit the "e" key
that seems to be the latest thing for GRUB2 boot.
Go to sleep dude ! We'll get on it later. I'm sure if I get it you'll here me jumpin' and hootin' all the way where you live from here in Chicago
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