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My tip is to NEVER boot dban on a machine that has drives attached that you must save the contents. I think a few try to avoid that simple step and have erased drives they didn't mean to.
Yes, I've read some stories about people doing that and freaking out afterwards. Definitely will be more cautious than that.
I just burned the disc (cd-r using cdburnerxp). After I put the disc in and turn on the computer it tries to read the disc but then seems to give up and then tries to read floppy and then hard drive. Then Windows boots up. I also tried it using a cd-rw and infrarecorder. The same thing happens. I put the cd-r back into my laptop and it sees the files in windows explorer. I don't think it is the cd drive because I used it earlier to load puppy linux. Is the machine just too old to work?
Some put the .ISO on the CD and yup.
It won't do a thing. Creating a bootable CD takes a different click of the buttons but lets' share the CDBURNERXP Tutorial on using an .ISO file. Link follows.
Part of the problem..
is that I don't know what burn method to use. The tutorial says to use disc at once but it's different in the latest version of cdburnerxp. Do I use disc at once p-w dao96 or p+q pao16. I have been running it on "choose automatically". Maybe thats my problem. Any idea on which one to use?
I also tried to use killdisk. I don't know as much about it but I tried to burn it and after booting it the only thing on the screen is FreeDOS.
If the tutorial is not helping, try ISOBURNER.
There are old machines that can't boot from CD anymore. Things to try?
1. Burn at 2X speed.
2. Use your CD/DVD lens cleaner.
3. Use the USB memory stick boot methods.
4. Go get ISOBURNER. It knows how to deal with ISO files and there is no need to check any box or change any setting except if the machine is old and we need to try the 2X record speed.
Found part of the problem
Looks like my original Cd-r did work! I decided to put it in my laptop just to see if it would boot and it did. For some reason the old desktop just didn't want to read these discs. I even swapped out the cd drive to a newer one and it still didn't do anything. Why it would read puppy and ubuntu linux and not dban and killdisk, I have no idea. Guess I will put these old drives into an external enclosure and then use dban on the old laptop (that I am also recycling). Thanks for all of the input Bob.
Why not just install Puppy?
Too bad I can't find what PC this is. I have tricks such as unplugging USB things, disable things in the BIOS and more but I don't have the make, model to work with.
a Compaq Presario 5000A with windows 98se. Its over 11 years old!
Ahh. I wonder if that doesn't have the RAM
Puppy is very light on RAM. DBAN might have a big memory requirement or not handle an old machine like that.
-> When I hit an old machine like that I find myself jumping in the BIOS to disable onboard sound, ethernet and sometimes USB.
In the BIOS
There is an option to disable PCI bus mastering. The only thing you can change with onboard sound and usb is the Irq number. Not really sure what any of this is. I installed more ram a long time ago. Under system information it says there is 256mb.