Title: Ubuntu CD problems...
Description: Live CD won't work
Delnar_Ersike - December 16, 2007 05:06 AM (GMT)
Well, I have almost finished assembling my new computer: all I need to do is install Ubuntu, download Wine, and I am pretty much done. Turns out the first step is harder than I initially thought, as my the computer cannot identify the Ubuntu Live CD.
There is no problem with which version of Ubuntu I am using, as I have tried both the 32-bit and 64-bit version of Desktop Ubuntu.
It's not the CD, as I have tried booting off of a USB as well as burning multiple CD's.
It's not the optical drive, as I have swapped it out and tried booting Ubuntu from another one.
It's not the boot order thing, as there is no other OS on any of the computer's parts.
It's not that I haven't burned a bootable CD, as the exact same CD succeeds to boot from my older computer (a laptop, mind that)
It's (probably) not the connections between the optical drive and the motherboard, as I have secured them pretty tight and triple-checked to make sure the right wires are plugged into the right slots.
The only possible thing that might cause the problem is that the computer cannot recognize the optical drive(s) for some reason. The proof that makes me suspicious is that when I go to the boot order menu in the BIOS settings, I only get two choices: the completely empty hard drive and a device named "IBA GE Slot 0400". The later might or might not be the firewire port option on my motherboard, though I suspect it is.
Anybody know what to do in this situation? Oh, and I am going to install Ubuntu for sure, as it is the easiest to use of all free OS's, and I neither want to spend a lot of money on Windows nor do I wish to pirate any OS for subtle reasons.
rivereye - December 16, 2007 05:15 AM (GMT)
actually, if there is no OS on the HDD, and it is set to boot before the Optical Drive, then it won't work. Also make sure it is not trying to boot from the network. I would just double check it and make the optical drive the first drive to boot.
Delnar_Ersike - December 16, 2007 05:52 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (rivereye @ 15 Dec, 2007, 22:15)|
| actually, if there is no OS on the HDD, and it is set to boot before the Optical Drive, then it won't work. Also make sure it is not trying to boot from the network. I would just double check it and make the optical drive the first drive to boot. |
The problem with that idea is that I do not know if the computer is identifying the optical drive in the first place... :/
art_of_camelot - December 16, 2007 05:59 PM (GMT)
do u have a driver for the cd/dvd drive installed?
bfr - December 16, 2007 06:42 PM (GMT)
If you go into the BIOS configuration utility (which can often be accessed by pressing the delete key while the motherboard's logo is being displayed, soon after turning your computer on), probably under "Advanced Options" you can change the "Boot Sequence" or something like that. If your optical drive isn't being listed as an option, then it probably isn't being recognized. If it is listed as an option, make it be the first to boot (as rivereye kind of said).
EDIT: Never mind...I kind of missed part of your post, so this post may be kind of...useless. :paf:
EDIT AGAIN: Make sure you have power supply cables connected to everything that would need it...including your optical drive.
Delnar_Ersike - December 16, 2007 07:17 PM (GMT)
Alright, I got the problem fixed!
Turns out it was a combination of both a bad connection and a bad optical drive, as both of the optical drives I tried were bad (what are the chances of that? :alien: ). I swapped in a third one, secured the cables very tight, and the motherboard recognized it!
Thanks for the help, everyone!