Laptop won't detect CD

Packard bell / Ixtreme m3720
January 15, 2011 at 15:44:44
Specs: Windows 7, 2.499 GHz / 3071 MB
Hey.
I need some help installing Linux onto my OLD laptop.
It's a Toshiba satellite M40. I have actually had Linux on before but I recently pulled it out again.
It's got Windows XP installed on currently.

I know exactly how to install Linux, but non of the cd's I've created work. I wanted Ubuntu. I've tried so many versions dating all back to 7.04. And still wouldn't boot the Ubuntu installer.
I've also tried doing it via USB. Still nothing.
Just loads Windows again.
Yet I can stick my Windows recovery disk in and it works with that perfect.
I've wasted so many cd's doing this with different pc's, different burning software. everything...

Any suggestions?

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#1
January 15, 2011 at 17:27:13
1. download the ISO file for the Linux version of your choice. Then convert/burn to a disc using ImgBurn or similar software.

http://www.filehippo.com/download_i...

2. enter the laptop BIOS & check the boot order. Make sure the CD drive is listed before the HDD. If it's not, change the order, save & exit

3. boot with the Linux disc in the CD drive & go from there


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#2
January 15, 2011 at 19:43:47
I already know HOW to install OS's.
My problem is that the laptop won't detect any of the disks/usb's with the linux ISO.

Kinda looking for a way to force my laptop to install linux or some kind of way to get it to install, because it's refusing too.

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#3
January 16, 2011 at 14:35:15
Post specs on the laptop.

Some of the older computers have many issues with the new distros. Every part may be suspect. Memory too low to isolinux/syslinux issues.


Did you test the disks on other systems?

What happens when you try to boot and what distro's did you use?

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#4
January 16, 2011 at 16:12:34
"I already know HOW to install OS's....the laptop won't detect any of the disks/usb's with the linux ISO"

You can't boot from an ISO. An experienced OS installer such as yourself should know that.


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#5
January 18, 2011 at 06:21:09
The laptop is a Toshiba Sattelite M40
1GB ram
1.6Gz celeron M processor
Windows XP
The disks work with my current main PC.
I've used the Ubuntu Distro and MINT. Both of the distros worked on the laptop about a year or 2 back. But won't now.
Tried about 3 different versions of Ubuntu. the new 10.10, 9.04, and 7.04

Earlier I managed to get MINT to boot. Clicked Installation, loaded up then went to a blank screen. The mouse cursor changed going around the screen as if it was there just not showing properly.
It's weird because nothing has been changed since the last time I installed linux.

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#6
January 18, 2011 at 13:25:16
run memtest first.

I suspect the drive is going bad. You say it did work on some disks and the disks seem to work on other system so what is left?

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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