Booting knoppix

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    Booting knoppix

    I have been interested for a while in using linux and decided to try knoppix from cd. How do I boot it from cd? Is there ant risk of file loss? Can I still keep windows?

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    As long as you only use the CD, you shouldn't even need to mount the Windows disk. Booting from CD would be a case of setting your BIOS settings to boot from CD first (if that's not the case already), then inserting the CD, and boot the machine...

    Of course, using the "Live-CD" also means that you can't save anything form your Knoppix...

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    Thats ok. I just really wanted to try linux out before I saved it to my harddrive. I want to know if it's as good as everybody says. I think the part that sounds best to me is the built in C compiler.

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    I've used Knoppix on a couple of computers, never had any problem.
    At least in the older versions I was using, disks, if mounted, defaulted to read-only. Hopefully this is still the same. Didn't mean you couldn't change that behavior - you could ask it to mount a disk read/write. (I never did this for an NTFS disk though, only HPFS and FAT32. (and Samba shares))
    So, you can save things from Knoppix.
    I mounted an NTFS disk readonly once in a (vain) attempt to recover data...

    Fun CD, overall.
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    It's not "built-in", it just integrates nicely.

    Remember Knoppix is primarily a "CD" distro, that's made to be run of a CD and not really installed. You should try various other distros... perhaps; Ubuntu, OpenSuSE, Fedora, Arch, Slackware etc.

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    Ok. I am very stuck. I can't get knoppix to run and I have tried many things. I am running Vista on an HP laptop. Any suggestions?

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    What happens? You're going to need to tell us what goes wrong... kernel panic, what?

    To start it, generally, you insert the CD, and reboot. You'll need CD to be before your hard disk in your boot order, which is usually found in the BIOS settings. If your computer doesn't start booting windows, and brings up some sort of Knoppix-ish screen, this is correct. This screen accepts boot parameters, if you don't touch anything it'll use the default after a few seconds delay.
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    Nothing: windows just starts as usual.

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    Do you know how to check/change your boot order? (You have to hit F1 or F12 or something early in your boot process.) Edit: Or double check with another machine to see if the CD is bad, I guess.

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    Yes I do and I have already tried that. I put it in almost every order possible.

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    Which option should actually go first? Do you know the name?

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    I wouldn't think you'd have too many that say "CD-ROM" in them. I have this vague recollection that it usually says "ATAPI CD-ROM" or similar.

    Also, if you have two physical CD drives, make sure you're using the right one -- generally the one on top. (Or if one's a burner and one isn't, the one that's not a burner.)

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    Only one drive and ATAPI CD-ROM is correct. Let me try once more.

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    No luck. What should the contents of the disk look like? Right now I just have an ISO image about 690mb. Do I need to download the kernel seperatly?

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    Have you checked the wiki, especially here? Seeing "just an ISO image" is not really a good thing (generally, not just here).

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