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    linux installing?

    Ok,ok you all know how much I like my XP.

    Anyhow as I have a spare 80gig drive I thought-Lets try a dual boot system.

    I know little of different file formats so.................

    I downloaded all 3 discs for Mandrake 9. They (as you know) are in ISO image format.

    So, I go to boot from CD-it says no thanks, please insert a correct system disc.

    I think - damn, ok I make boot disc from the CD image. I boot from floppy-whoo it says blah blah to carry on press enter. I press enter and then it says ugghhh not a valid Mandrake disc.

    Crap I say!

    Sooo my real question is....I am right in thinking XP will not know what a ISO image file is yes? Or no?

    My problem could be that I had ISO buster installed when I downloaded Mandrake-this associated itself with the download-could this be the prob? I have since uninstalled ISO buster, so windows does not know how to open the file..

    So to sum up, I burned the 3 discs, used ISO buster to extract all the files, then burned another bleeding 3 discs, but none will boot. Costing me in CD's is this.

    When I stick in Mandrake Disc 1 (install) in windows, I DO get all the icons on 'my computer' - gold star for mandrake etc..

    What the hell can I do? Download again with no ISO recognition prog installed? I wonder as the download is NOT corrupted, I just need to know how to 'handle' said downloads.

    Any (good) advice will be rewarded with a can of stella

    AND finally yes yes I have searched the boards, but got disracted laughing at Deans (TK) replies when he switched from a Linux fan to Bill Gates' son. Classic.
    Such is life.

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    On my XP comp, while windows is running, I just popped in the cd and ran it.

    Did you check the md5 sums to make sure that the download wasn't corrupted?

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    My problem could be that I had ISO buster installed when I downloaded Mandrake-this associated itself with the download-could this be the prob? I have since uninstalled ISO buster, so windows does not know how to open the file..

    So to sum up, I burned the 3 discs, used ISO buster to extract all the files, then burned another bleeding 3 discs, but none will boot. Costing me in CD's is this.
    i suspect busting open the iso could have caused some havoc... since the files might have been tampered with by windows...

    burn the iso's as iso's...

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    Hehe maybe if I had checked what kind of format NERO had burned the damn disc in, I wouldnt needed to have post.

    Thanx anyway
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    Fountain, got all copies of the linux system, it is redhat though and runs fine on my laptop. You can borrow them anytime, c ya.
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    You shouldn't need to worry about any sort of ISO busting software. Are you burning the discs as disc images or as regular data discs? In other words, after you burn the discs what do you get when you view the CD contents under XP? Is is just the ISO file or does it seem to have a file structure? My guess is that you aren't burning the discs as a disc image.
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    Originally posted by damonbrinkley
    You shouldn't need to worry about any sort of ISO busting software. Are you burning the discs as disc images or as regular data discs? In other words, after you burn the discs what do you get when you view the CD contents under XP? Is is just the ISO file or does it seem to have a file structure? My guess is that you aren't burning the discs as a disc image.

    Um thanks again for the replies....I had answered this myself above. YES I didnt check what format nero burned it in. Me bad.

    Oh and sub, I have the three Mandrake discs working fine now. I'll bring them tomo if you wanna borrow them. Bring the red hat ones if you remember. Thats if we are going for a game. Let me know-like soon. Text me!

    Hehe chatroom? Sorry.......
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