starting the disk

Andrew Jarrett jarrett.andrew at
Fri Nov 30 05:08:06 UTC 2007

On Nov 29, 2007 6:39 PM, k h <bballdude1888 at> wrote:
> i have windows xp.  i downloaded the kubuntu 7.10, and it is currently on a
> CD-RW.  i try to boot it at startup, but it doesn't work.  it is and .iso
> file.  any ideas?

For clarification, an .iso file is to a CD/DVD like what a negative is
to a photograph.  An .iso file is like a "negative" of the disc and,
therefore, must be burned to the disc in a special manner to get the
desired result.  You need to look through your burner software and
find the option to "Burn image" or something similarly worded.  If
your burner software doesn't offer this option, then there are many
free burners that will -- I think I have used "ISO Burner" (or
something like that) in the past.  Simply putting the .iso file on the
CD will _not_ work; you need to send that negative through a special
process to get the _real_ picture.  Also, if you haven't checked the
md5sum on the .iso file yet, you may want to.  Since you are using a
rewritable CD, I would suggest to make sure it is burned correctly and
try again before starting to worry about the checksum.


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