Live CD boot is dead

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by jim simon, May 8, 2007.

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  1. jim simon

    jim simon Registered Member

    May 6, 2007
    Based on the posts listed below from,

    I decided to download from

    After that I burned to CD. Turned of my computer. Inserted the CD in CD drive. In great anticipation I turned on the computer. Viola!! Up appears Windows again. I said “ This live CD appears dead.” I opened the file I had downloaded and the “Boot” folder was empty. I don’t know much about machinery, but that didn’t look right. So that’s why I’m here. I thought this was going to be easy. Looks like the race horse died in the gates.
  2. farmerlee

    farmerlee Registered Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    Have you tried SLAX? Its a small linux distro thats worked well for me and is very customizable. You can even boot it off a usb flashdrive if your computer supports it.
  3. GlobalForce

    GlobalForce Regular Poster

    Jun 30, 2004
    Garden State, USA
    Welcome to the forum Jim,

    Which version (livecd) and what program was used to burn the iso?
    Did you remember to check it's md5 prior to burning?

    This link below should allow payoff for that anticipation of your's. Start with Get: Part B.

    Here's a clean, simple, no-install md5 alternative to their choice. Unzip, and run.

    In the event all goes accordingly, it's *guest* for both logon and password.

    Oop's .... almost forgot. You DO have the BIOS set to boot from cd-rom first, correct?
    Before your next attempt, load the cd with window's up, exit any auto-start's, then restart.

    I would suggest upon successful boot (over v0.92) you type "mediacheck" to verify your burn.

    Last edited: May 9, 2007
  4. FastGame

    FastGame Registered Member

    Jan 15, 2005
    Blasters worm farm
    I can't get anywhere with that link, should be Here

    Make sure you burn the ISO as an Image (not data/copy to CD)
  5. iceni60

    iceni60 ( ^o^)

    Jun 29, 2004
    the file you downloaded was probably an iso. when you burn an iso to cd, then have a look to see what was burned to the cd, you shouldn't see the iso anymore, instead there'll be several files. if you see the iso file, when you look at the contents of the cd, then you burned it wrong. you can use this program to burn it correctly -

    you can manually check the download to see if there's anything wrong with it with a checksum checker. the place you downloaded the file from probably had a text file called MD5sums. like here -

    so, if i downloaded ubuntu-7.04-desktop-i386.iso this should be the md5 checksum - e296e3468358789904097fc8df29609a

    you can use kana checksum to find out the checksum for the iso you downloaded. download it then move it somewhere where it can stay before you run it, run it and select the option to 'intergrate with explorer'. after that you should be able to right-click any file and select calculate MD5. here's a screenshot -
    here's the download -

    when you have the burned cd, keep it in the cd/dvd drive and reboot. the computer looks for something to boot from in a set order e.g. first it might look at the cd drive, if there's nothing to boot from there it might then look in the floppy drive, then the HDD, when it finds something it can boot from it will just boot. so, it sounds like your computer is set to run from the HDD before it looks at the cd drive.

    that's all set in the BIOS, you can get into the BIOS by tapping one of the keyboard keys during boot, it might be the Del key. here's a guide that tells you what to do -
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