Computer is totally empty, can't install os

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by JonDaAzn, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. JonDaAzn

    JonDaAzn New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2005
    Messages:
    8,146
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    UCSB
    We have an old dell (pentium 3, 500mhz, 512 mb ram i think) that was running a little slow, so my bro decides he is going to format the c: drive, intending to reinstall the original os (win 98), of course, he just assumed that we had it and now its nowhere to be found, and the computer has basically been rendered useless. (did this on a weekend back from college then headed home). Lucky for me, the computer becoming useless triggered my parents to buy a new one, leaving the old one to me. I have tried to install an OS (ubuntu, its a linux thingy, i dled, burned on cd) but when i stick the cd into the drive and boot up the computer, this happens (sorry about blur)
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I've already gone into the bios and told it to boot off the cd, I'm thinking of just taking the harddrive out, putting it into one of my other computers,partitioning, installing to os, and sticking it back into my old one is there any other way to install the os onto the hard drive without removing it?
     
  2. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2002
    Messages:
    21,696
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Edmonton, AB
    Looks like it's not recognizing the CD. Have you tried booting from the CD in another computer? Also, have you tried both CD drives? It might be looking in the wrong one.

    Good choice of distro, BTW, I love Ubuntu.
     
  3. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2000
    Messages:
    14,519
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC, CANADA
    I don't think your CD is bootable
     
  4. MacAlert

    MacAlert Maxima driver OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2003
    Messages:
    318
    Likes Received:
    0
    Did you set your CD as the primary Boot device in the BIOS?
     
  5. Wolf68k

    Wolf68k OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2003
    Messages:
    4,861
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    Just for fun to make sure the disc you create is bootable, see if it'll boot on another machine.
     
  6. cmsurfer

    cmsurfer ºllllllº

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2003
    Messages:
    5,079
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NJ
    If you can't boot off the CD, make a floppy boot disk with CD-ROM drivers on it.
     
  7. Ridley

    Ridley Guest

    You don't want to do a hard-drive swap with Linux anyway, it's a pain in the ass to reset all the drivers and whatnot between the two machines. You can only do that if they're identical machines.
     
  8. JonDaAzn

    JonDaAzn New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2005
    Messages:
    8,146
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    UCSB
    I think you're right, I tried the cd on my own computer and rebooted, but nothing happened, is there anything i did wrong with the burn process?

    1. dl from site
    2. drag and drop into cd

    I remember it saying something about "some files attached to the cd my not be written" or something like that, would using nero to burn the cd instead of drag and drop work?
     
  9. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2000
    Messages:
    14,519
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC, CANADA
    You can create a bootable CD two ways:

    Burn an ISO or complete image of the CD (direct copy to copy) or
    Use a bootable floppy (www.bootdisk.com) and when you open up Nero you have to select CD (boot). You can then burn whatever files you want to the CD
     
  10. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2002
    Messages:
    21,696
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Edmonton, AB
    You don't want to do it with any OS, not just with Linux. In fact, Linux is a lot less of a bitch with drivers than Windows is (in my experience).
     
  11. Apokalipse

    Apokalipse New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2005
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    0
    try burning it again, except use a different program. Nero is good, it has always worked well in my experiences
     

Share This Page