Help with Switching from Windows

Robert Spanjaard spamtrap at
Wed Jul 2 21:00:46 UTC 2008

On Wed, 02 Jul 2008 16:52:21 -0400, Matthew Bartek wrote:

> I apologize if this question is very basic and is getting sent to many
> people as I am new to Ubuntu and to this listserv. I am trying to switch
> from Windows (read: liberate myself) and I ahve downloaded the iso file,
> verified it using md5sum (spelling?), and have tried to create a
> bootable cd, but it hasn't worked. While this problem could be with my
> computer (the computer that I want to load Ubuntu onto is basically
> broken--I tried to reset the boot order, but it said "operating system
> not found" unless I allowed it to boot from the hard disk), I am
> wondering how to check to see if the cd that I created from teh iso file
> will actually work. I actually made two: one using the windows XP cd
> burning system, and one using Nero. For the windows disc, I dragged the
> file into my CD drive and then clicked on: "burn disc". For Nero (I have
> version 7), I followed these instructions:
> Still, when my put the cd in my computer and try to boot from it, it
> fails. Any thoughts?

You say your system is broken, but you don't say in which way.
Does your system support booting from a CD?
Did you try the CD on a different system?
Did you try other bootable CD's from which you absolutely know they 
should work?

Regards, Robert                            

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