starting the disk

Sylviane et Perry White spwhite at
Fri Nov 30 17:48:12 UTC 2007

On Friday 30 November 2007 06:08, Andrew Jarrett wrote:
> 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.
Very interesting, thanks Jarrett.
When I downloaded the (K)Ubuntu disk I had no idea of the above and it all 
worked "automagically".
Many people downloaded (K)Ubuntu from XP and the magic worked for them too, (I 
didn't notice lots of similar complains). So either they new all that (would 
you belive it?) or they took an obvious way to burn the image, that for some 
reason k h missed.
Still before suggesting all that strategy I would have started by the obvious, 
*checking whether booting from CD's was enabled in the BIOS.*
No offense intended if that doesn't apply to you (nor if that does), I just 
can't tell what you know.

Greetings		Perry

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