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At the moment I am trying to download and install Debian's latest release. First I download each link's ISO, then burn each section of the download I put onto a CD-R 700 MB regular standard CD. So there is total of 10 CD's (Magic ISO Maker won't let me burn multiple images on just 1). So each link's download has it's own separate CD for installation.

The box I am trying to install Debian on is a Compaq Presario standard specs no modifications. It can run Windows XP perfectly. But currently I have Red Hat Linux on it. And when I stick the first CD in, it doesn't even recognize it. I go into the Setup (F1) and set the first boot priority too CD-Rom thinking it would run the first CD of Debian but still nothing! But here's another thing when I stick a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc in its goes right to trying to download.

I am completely lost with this, tried using manuals and Google but still nothing really of interest. I really appreciate any help.

Links:

http://www.debian.org/distrib/netinst#smallcd << Where I am installing the ISO's

http://www4.dealtime.com/xPF-Compaq-Presario-s4020wm-XP2400 << Exact Specs and Pic of my box.

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At the moment I am trying to download and install Debian's latest release. First I download each link's ISO, then burn each section of the download I put onto a CD-R 700 MB regular standard CD. So there is total of 10 CD's (Magic ISO Maker won't let me burn multiple images on just 1). So each link's download has it's own separate CD for installation.

The box I am trying to install Debian on is a Compaq Presario standard specs no modifications. It can run Windows XP perfectly. But currently I have Red Hat Linux on it. And when I stick the first CD in, it doesn't even recognize it. I go into the Setup (F1) and set the first boot priority too CD-Rom thinking it would run the first CD of Debian but still nothing! But here's another thing when I stick a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc in its goes right to trying to download.

I am completely lost with this, tried using manuals and Google but still nothing really of interest. I really appreciate any help.

Links:

http://www.debian.org/distrib/netinst#smallcd << Where I am installing the ISO's

http://www4.dealtime.com/xPF-Compaq-Presario-s4020wm-XP2400 << Exact Specs and Pic of my box.

Did you try using the boot up disk in another machine? Perhaps Magick iso maker isn't writing the image correctly.

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Yeah it usually helps to have a slow burn speed, actually probably the minimum possible. This minimizes the possibility for errors, which may have occured in your case

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You only need the "i386" CD. If your computer is attached to a working Internet connection, this page may be of more use:

http://www.debian.org/CD/netinst/

This will probably be the ISO image you want to use:

http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/4.0_r5...386-netinst.iso

Also remember that you have to burn an ISO image to disk using "burn image" (I don't know MagicISO's exact term, but it should be something like that), instead of just burning the .iso file to the CD. Burning the image will allow your PC to boot from the CD, while burning the .iso file itself will not.

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You only need the "i386" CD. If your computer is attached to a working Internet connection, this page may be of more use:

http://www.debian.org/CD/netinst/

This will probably be the ISO image you want to use:

http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/4.0_r5...386-netinst.iso

Also remember that you have to burn an ISO image to disk using "burn image" (I don't know MagicISO's exact term, but it should be something like that), instead of just burning the .iso file to the CD. Burning the image will allow your PC to boot from the CD, while burning the .iso file itself will not.

I recently installed debian on my box, all you need is the debian-40r5-i386-kde-CD-1.iso, You dont need every single package, just the ones you want.

I recommend KDE.

;)

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netinst is the way to go if you have normal broadband internet, I forgot about full cd's/dvd's long ago.

Also you wont have outdated packages from the start with netinst unless you use some old version of a distribution(you can usually change what version it will install)

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If you have a USB pen drive (as most people do these day's) just download unetbootin. It pretty much takes the hardwork out of burning and installing OS' and gives you a fairly broad choice of which OS to burn and install.

Also in addition, I do not recommend KDE, it's tacky I recommend xfce, renders much nicer

HTH

RP

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I always use netinst, there is no reason to download the whole thing.

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I used to download the entire thing when I didn't have a fast Internet connection. At that point, I had a 33.6 modem and rarely connected at higher than 10kbps. Anyway, if you have broadband there's absolutely no reason to get all the CDs. All you're doing is mirroring the apt repository, and not getting the updates unless you do updates over the network anyway.

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If you're doing a 64-bit Debian install, watch out for the ultra-minimal Lenny netinst CD -- I've had trouble with it on several 64-bit machines, both Intel and AMD. If you're going to do a 64-bit Lenny netinst, get the regular 100+ MB netinst image. The Etch 64-bit ultra-minimal CD image works fine, though.

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I downloaded i386 and it's currently installing and it's working perfectly! Thanks for all the help!

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Yea, go with the Net install CD, you can decide what packages you want to install as you are going through it. Also, after you download the ISO image off their site, check the MD5 sum of the file to make sure that it is not corrupted, and also do an MD5sum after you burn the content to the CD to make sure it burned successfully. In my experience, I I would say about 10% of the Cd's I've burned didn't burn successfully... I tend to have bad luck with that.

If you download "debian-40r5-i386-netinst.iso" the md5sum should be: cd1e0129d2479dbfc5f645d4a4a8cf2e

Your CD burning program might already have checksum features available to make sure the burn was successful. I've never used Magic ISO Maker.

I actually downloaded Debian yesterday, and I will be installing it later tonight. I have been using Ubuntu for about 1-2 years now, and I feel like doing a fresh start again. But rather than using Ubuntu, going to go with Debian this time, because the installation method is more flexible than Ubuntu's. But really... Ubuntu is based off Debian, so there isn't much of a difference after installation... besides from the default packages Ubuntu comes with.

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Try this way of installing:

http://goodbye-microsoft.com/

I did that and it ownt.

But I'm a slackware man now..

Way better then netinst.

It's a pain

-LD

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