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I am attempting to instal a minimalist flavor of Linux on my laptop, and cannot get files to work. I am currently deciding between BLAG and Topologilinux. I have only tried booting with Topologilinux, however. My problem is that I cannot access the ISO files to install the OS. It doesn't recognize it when the computer starts, and when I attempt to access the file from the root account of my laptop's Mandrake Linux 6.1, I get the error "/mnt/cdrom/Topologilinux-4.0.0-cd1.iso: canot execute binary file" without the quotes. Is there a workaround to this? EDIT: Renamed post. Scott Simontis e-mail:ageofscott@NOSPAM.comcast.net AIM:ssimontis [edited by - ssimontis on March 7, 2004 7:13:48 PM]

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iso files are not executable. iso files are normally CD image files. You need to use a burning program like nero to burn them to a CD (don''t burn the iso file as a file onto the CD, tell nero to use the iso file as a CD image, which will burn the contents of the iso file). You could also use a program like ISOBuster to extract the files from the iso manually.

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How does ISOBuster woprk? I opened the file, but now what? THe documentation didn''t seem to help me much.

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Thnks for all the help, I well get Nero and burn the file.

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most cd burnign software has image burning ability.

at least, I ahve yet to find one without.

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I had ISOBuster, and honestly it just didn''t work well for me. Finally, I used Nero 6 Ultra to burn my ISO file... unfortunately, it''s not included in the demo. I have a friend who bought Nero, though, and he ... er, sort of loaned me his serial number... *angelic smile*

Yeah, I just (what, 15 minutes ago?) burned DamnSmall to disk and played around with it... it''s wonderful. Now I''m looking into NetBSD... lol


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What the ...?
What''s all this windows advice doing in here?!

''mount -t iso9660 -o loop /path/to/isofile.iso /mnt/iso'' will mount the cdimage as if it''s any other drive on your system.

cdrecord will burn the iso to cd before any gui program has even had a chance to get started

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Thank you everyone, I am using ISO Recorder to burn it to a CD.

Scott Simontis
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My problems don''t seem to be over yet. When I insert the disk, it does not boot from it. Because of this, I tried a floppy disk. However, RARWRITE isn''t letting me write to the disk, as it never actually copies the file, and it claims the file is too large to move if I try to do it manually.

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Did you tell your BIOS to try to boot from CD before Floppy/HD? If so, do you get some kind of error message when it tries?

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You can use the command line tool "cdrecord" to burn an iso. It comes with most linux distros.

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I have set the boot preferences, yet nothing is happening, it bypasses the CD and goes straight to the evrsion of Linux installed. Can I run everything from inside my Linux distro>

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By boot preferences do you mean BIOS boot sequence or LILO/Grub options?

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quote:
Original post by Doc
By boot preferences do you mean BIOS boot sequence or LILO/Grub options?

BIOS options are set, I am not sure how to change the LILO/RUB settings for this.



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So is there any indication that the BIOS tried to boot off the CD? If it is trying - beats me. Might just be a bad burn or something. If it's not trying then it might be a problem with your BIOS. Can it boot off other CDs (like win install CD for example)?

EDIT: In theory booting off the CD ought to completely bypass Lilo or Grub, so they shouldn't be an issue.

[edited by - Doc on March 8, 2004 12:26:50 AM]

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I think this might be a problem. When I put in a floppy containing the bootdisk image, I get the "Remove disks or other media. Press any key to restart" blurb. Would it be better to just kill the hard drive and then reinstall?

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Guest Anonymous Poster
Did you really use rawrite to create your bootdisk?

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