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"try to boot from that cd to run the Ubuntu installer
"try to boot from that cd to run the Ubuntu installer"...
This is caused by just a few things.
1. The CD was not made correctly. Tell others exactly how it was made.
2. The CD drive lens is dirty. Fix? Clean it.
3. The CD drive has aged and lost the ability to boot. Fix? Replace the drive.
Thank you but...
Someone made the CD in question for me, perhaps they made it incorrectly. However, I have also tried to run Ubuntu 6.06 which I received with a book on Ubuntu. The result was no different from the first CD. I will check on the drive, but could you recommend a way to clean the drive lens? Thank you.
Type CD LENS CLEANER on google.
Sorry for the dumb question, but how would I tell if the drive was defective? It plays CD's fine, but this is really stumping me. Thanks again
It's a zombie.
But only half dead. It's an issue that wipes out many from fixing it. The drive works for the most part. To test we swap the drive out.
Thanks for your help
I've heard of some distros coming on USB drives; if it is the drive I might consider going that route. Thanks!
You have a XP bootable cd/dvd?
try that to test the boot ability of the cd drive. If that doesn't work then double check your boot sequence setting.
Alas, I do not.
This is an older machine which was given for free by a friend; I don't have an of the original stuff. Thanks for the suggestion, though.
Did you prepare the drive for another OS?
Did you use a tool such as GParted, Knoppix, Fedora Live, or Ubuntu Live to resize the NTFS/FAT partition to allow room for / and swap?
If you are still having trouble there is an option that comes from slackware which allows you to install without any media.
http://www.slackware.com Go to install help and FAQ and there will be a section on installing from an image.
Thanks;I did not use those tools.
Do I need to do that? There is barely anything on the Win XP partition and I was unaware that I needed to resize it. I'm going to check out slackware though.
If the computer cannot boot from a cd, then...
You need a bootable floppy disc. Sorry I can't tell you how; it has been a long time since I have done that.
Installing Ubuntu : The easy way
Just search on Download.com for "Wubi". It will install Ubuntu automatically for you, without any problems. There is no bootable cd required.
You could try that one out.
forgot to add something
I have a dual boot with Windows XP and Ubuntu and I haven't had any issues with it.
With Wubi you don't need to worry about partitioning and stuff. But you could make a partition yourself first and install it on that partition.
I had an empty partition on my old harddrive, which I recovered from my old desktop. I used that to install Ubuntu on, just select the partition that you created and fill in a username and password and hit "Install".
There is really nothing much to it. It's quite easy to do it.
Thank you very much, I will certainly try that. It's tough working with second hand hardware because you never know what works and what doesn't
(NT) No problem, glad to have helped you
it's simple really
Use an easy app called wubi (windows ubuntu installer)
it does all the hard stuff for you without compromising the windows installation.