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Alright, so since my friend's computer is such a virus breeding ground that it can't even run task manager or hijack-this or command prompt (to reformat), I've concluded the only way to fix it short of a sledgehammer is with some boot technique.
I've USED linux before, and I pretty well understand its use, but I've never INSTALLED linux, much less booted to linux off CD.
So, since knopper.net is in german and altavista's translations are all but useless, could someone just briefly explain what I need to do to boot into knoppix?
I found the download directory; do I simply burn all those files to a CD and pop it in?
Nero has an option called "Make Bootable CD" in it; should I use that or just burn it like a normal CD?

Thanks.
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You need to burn Knoppix as an iso image. It has been awhile since I have used Nero but the best I can remember you go to burn image then you select the iso file you want to burn. A list of sites for downloading the Knoppix iso can be found at:
http://www.knopper.n...s/index-en.html

To boot into Knoppix you will need to get into the bios of the computer and set it to boot from the cdrom first.

The English version of the web site can be found at: http://www.knoppix.com/
A few really good links for Knoppix can be found at Distrowatch under Knoppix:
http://distrowatch.c...ibution=knoppix A free downloadable book (pdf)- Knowing Knoppix can be found at: http://www.pjls16812...ppix/index.html

A list of other bootable Linux live cd’s can be found at: http://www.frozentec...tent/livecd.php
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Alright, but what about all these files like "blahblah.iso.md5" and "blahblah.iso.md5.asc"?
--EDIT--
Just finished the Knoppix download and went into Nero.
The only options we might be interested in are "Make Data Disc", "Make Bootable Disc", and "Make UDF/ISO Disc"...which one?

Edited by W-Unit, 26 June 2005 - 09:22 AM.

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I have found a tutorial on how to burn with Nero. It can be found at:
http://www.iceteks.c...s.php/burniso/1

As far as the md5.iso. That is for verifying the file that you downloaded matches the original. If the numbers do not match then there is a problem with the file that you downloaded. More info on md5 and the programs need to do this can be found at: http://www.linuxiso..../verifyiso.html

As an example of what to download. Go to ftp://ftp.cise.ufl.edu/pub/mirrors/knoppix/ Scroll down to Knoppix_V3.9-2005-05-27-EN.iso After you have downloaded the .iso file then you would open up Nero and then burn the file you just downloaded as an image. If you wanted to verify your download you would use one of the programs listed above at the linuxiso link and match the number that was generated with the one that was listed at Knoppix_V3.9-2005-05-27-EN.iso.md5 The md5.iso.asc is just a pgp signed md5. The sha1 is just at different algorithm than md5. The only thing you need is just the .iso file.

Another link of interest: http://www17.tomshar...n_linux-01.html

I hope that was a little clearer of an explanation. :tazz:

Edited by BKO, 26 June 2005 - 09:34 AM.

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Alright, thanks. I think the CD is working fine now; I boot with it in the drive and a Knoppix screen comes up.

But now I've got another problem...at the bottom of the screen it says "boot:" and after that I can type stuff, but I don't know what to type so I just hit enter which is supposed to start linux, and it says "Starting linux........" and then says "Error starting linux, hit any key to retry". Retrying produces the same error.

What do I need to do?
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you can either just leave it blank and it will boot up on the default kernel instead of the 2.6 linux kernel. Basically the boot: prompt is there so you can add settings to your kernel and prob some hardware detection also.
Post a log of where the kernel stops and tells exactly wut error it is, you can use shift+ pgup and pgdn to scroll while the kernel is attemping to find your hardware.

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Edited by Sungbob, 26 June 2005 - 01:02 PM.

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I don't think it gets to finding hardware...
It just says Loading Linux, then 10 .'s then the error, which is
isolinux: Disk error 10, AX=4280, drive EF
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This is weird. I got it to boot into Knoppix once this morning and now it's gone back to giving me the error. Booting into other distros doesnt seem to have this problem. The CD works fine on other computers.
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