Same installation problem over and over again.

elmo elmo at
Fri Jul 18 16:30:40 UTC 2008

A personal pet peeve.

It seems that we're seeing the same thing over and over....someone has 
downloaded the ISO and then burned (copied) it to a disk and the disk 
doesn't work.

What some instructions imply is that the ISO is the IMAGE and all you 
have to do is copy the ISO to a disk and you'll have an IMAGE disk when 
in fact what you have is a copy of a compressed version of the IMAGE in 
a single file

I speak from experience because I had the same problem when I started 
working with ISO. I used a Nero CD burner to copy the ISO to a disk 
because in several website instructions it said "copy the ISO to a CD" 
and the result would be an IMAGE CD.

It was only when I discovered by experimentation that the ISO is a 
single file and by running it thru an extraction, you'd see several 
files.  I then investigated my Nero and discovered a burner program that 
is specific for creating IMAGE disks. What it does is simultaneously 
extract and burn so the result is an IMAGE CD that has several files.  
Which leads to a question.....if you first perform an extraction on the 
ISO and then copy the resulting files to a disk, would that be an IMAGE 

Later, when I had a working UBUNTU, I discovered that it had the 
burners, K3B and Brasero that had the ability to create an IMAGE disk.

Instructions for creating an IMAGE CD should include a brief explanation 
of the difference between an ISO and IMAGE and that a simple copy is not 
the way to go.



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