Can't Install Linux from CD

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I have Ubuntu on CD and I'm trying to install it on one of my old comps. Every time I check the CD for errors, some random error is found (it changes every time). I ran the same CD on two other computers, and the CD validated just fine. I swapped the CD drive, and the IDE cable, but it still won't pass the CD check.

Any ideas of what else I could try (short of getting another motherboard)? Is it possible to install Ubuntu another way? Can I put it on a flash drive somehow? I see a Network boot in the bios, is that something I can use?

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What error are you getting? I remember coming across a couple of confirmed bugs related to DVD/CD-ROM drives.

The Ubuntu docs have several methods of installing from removable media found here. There is also a website dedicated to running Linux from flash drives, found here.

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What error are you getting?

I can't remember. They just showed up when I was running that check CD thing. But I switched to another CD drive that DID work with Ubuntu and hooked it up to that computer, and it still didn't work.

That USB thing is good to know about, but my bios doesn't take too kindly to those new fangled devices.

I'm going to try and install 6.06 and then upgrade it. Hopefully that'll work. And it probably won't... Smiling

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And it didn't.

I'm reading this network install post, but where it says "Boot the Ubuntu CD and let the cdrom fail at stage 1" I'm lost. How do I let the cdrom fail at stage 1?

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Sorry for the crazy chain of posts, but do you know if I can install Ubuntu on another computer, and then take the hard drive out and put it in the computer I've having problems with? I know that isn't really possible with Windows, but maybe linux can handle that?

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do you know if I can install Ubuntu on another computer, and then take the hard drive out and put it in the computer I've having problems with?

Yes you can. I got a new home server several months ago, and I didn't have time to redo all the software setup and configs, so I just removed the hard drive from the old one and stuck it in the new one - worked like a charm.

Have you tried to Google-search the entire error message? That's how I solve my Linux errors 95% of the time.

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Have you tried downloading the ISO over again? It might just be the download that's borked. I've had that problem myself before. Smiling

I got a new home server several months ago, and I didn't have time to redo all the software setup and configs, so I just removed the hard drive from the old one and stuck it in the new one - worked like a charm.

Nice! Will have to remember that trick.

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Yesssssss. That worked. Now I just have to get Ubuntu to recognize the PCI ethernet card. Good thing I have nothing else better to do... Smiling

Thanks guys.

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pr0gr4mm3r wrote:
I got a new home server several months ago, and I didn't have time to redo all the software setup and configs, so I just removed the hard drive from the old one and stuck it in the new one - worked like a charm
I would have thought windows xp would have been more likely to work doing that than linux.

As win installs all drivers for all hardware and the kernel is a one size fits all, whereas I thought Linux was better at compiling the kernal to your pc hardware specifics.

I know years ago when I compiled my own gentoo kernel to my hardware, I read that they where going to make that all automated. Perhaps only gentoo? I have been out of the linux scene for a while, might have to do some catching up...

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I know years ago when I compiled my own gentoo kernel to my hardware, I read that they where going to make that all automated. Perhaps only gentoo? I have been out of the linux scene for a while, might have to do some catching up...

Linux kernels aren't custom compiled on installation anymore. I do remember reading that Gentoo did that, but I'm pretty sure that even they use already compiled kernels on installation now.

They only time you would run into a problem would be if you tried to use an x86_64 kernel on a 32-bit machine.

I would have thought windows xp would have been more likely to work doing that than linux.

I have never been able to do that with WinXP. Even upgrading the motherboard or processor breaks it from my experience.

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I think you should check requirements for installing linux. first ensure that your pc fulfills the requirement for installing ubuntu. then try to install .

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