Problem booting from Live CD while main syste

April 17, 2010 at 01:05:01
Specs: Windows XP
I wanted to boot up from CD-ROM where Fedora 12 Live CD is recorded to while my main system (Windows XP) was in hibernate mode. So I entered to boot selection menu (F8) and selected to boot from CD-ROM, but BIOS didn't even tried it and started to resume Windows.

Second time I tried to enter BIOS Setup and select to boot from CD-ROM only, never from hard disk. But BIOS again started to resume Windows without trying to boot from CD.

Only after rebooting Windows instead of hibernating I was able to boot from CD-ROM. It is unfair, I don't want to logout from Windows session each time I want to boot to Linux. How could I fix this issue?

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April 17, 2010 at 04:47:36
You can't start one OS while the other OS is suspended, The
only method is to run the Linux in a virtual box in Windows

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April 17, 2010 at 05:00:13
Not sure currently but probably I've done it on laptop without problems some time ago.

Why could it be impossible? How does hibernate affect BIOS? As far as I think OS should only record RAM data to hard disk while hibernating and power off computer. (I even could switch off power adapter.) When restoring RAM data should be loaded by OS not by BIOS. What the problem of loading another OS?

What happen if I install GRUB to MBR? Will BOIS skip loading MBR while hibernated too?

P.S. Thanks but I already know everything about VirtualBox and usually use it. But this time I wanted to test something on native boot.

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April 17, 2010 at 06:14:47
Even though XP is hibernating, it's in control of the hardware. The BIOS has nothing to do with it at that point. To boot off a live CD, you have to do just that...reboot.

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April 17, 2010 at 08:34:57
Some bios's can affect the boot order like that. It may be an option in the bios but I doubt it. Like jam stated, xp has sort of taken control of the system. I think it is a dumb idea myself.

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April 17, 2010 at 10:47:47
Wizard, Jam and Jefro are all correct Mr L.. You have to be mistaken about doing it before.

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April 17, 2010 at 12:26:16
I've just tried on my laptop (DELL). Windows was hibernated, I've entered boot menu (F12) then selected CD-ROM and Fedora was loaded Fedora without any problem.

After rebooting Fedora Windows restored from hibernate 100% perfectly. Everything as I expected. Just want to do the same on desktop.

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