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Link to this post 16 Aug 09

I have two computers, both unusable at the moment as they will not reload windows from their recovery discs. I have no Windows discs so I am stuck there. I foolishly thought I could burn a copy of ubuntu on to cd and it would install over my messed up Windows! When I use the disc I get as far as choosing language and then install before getting the can't read boot CD error. I wanted to check if it is worth trying again with another disc or I am i doing something totally wrong? Thanks for any suggestions.

Link to this post 17 Aug 09

I don't know what version of Lunix you were trying to install but I know that the Ubuntu install disk i used has an option to "check disk for errors" option. You might try that.
good luck!

Link to this post 19 Aug 09

Almost sounds like you have a bad CD drive to me. Windows recovery disks won't work, and then Ubuntu one fails as well with a read error?

Link to this post 19 Aug 09

Your Ubuntu disc is bad or your CD drive is... Lets assume that its the disc as that is more likely the case.

Firstly, I want to inform you that you may rest assured; Ubuntu will install over your "messed up Windows". Secondly, you need to get a new install disc; one way would be to download and burn it at a friends house (good to burn at a slow speed (I always use half of the burners maximum)). Also, you can request a free install CD from the Ubuntu website.

Hope this helps. :)

Link to this post 19 Aug 09

It isn't necessarily the disc. This could also be a RAM issue, or if your HDDs are setup on a RAID and your kernel version is older (this would be the reason for the Windows failures as well), or if you have an SATA/SCSI CD/DVD drive and an older kernel (this could also be the reason for Windows). There are several possible reasons for an error like this and you would need to eliminate each one before you could real figure what is wrong.

The disc drive could be the error, but you may end up wasting several CDs in trying to eliminate that as the error. You could swap RAM with a known working machine. You could do the same with power supplies as an incorrect voltage could easily cause a disc drive malfunction. You could have a corrupted disc, but why is the disc corrupted? If it's a NIC error, router error, or simple a bad connection coming into the home, you would want to use something like bittorrent and check the torrent when finished to an MD5sum to make sure that it isn't corrupted, and you could then burn to disc and have a successful install. Then again your connection could be fine and your HDD could be faulty, in which case you would want to have someone else make the disc, and then buy a new HDD and then install. A RAM error can mess everything up. I once thought I had a bad HDD, and then thought I had a bad CD/DVD... only to find out both were solid, and my only error was RAM. Wasted a lot of money over that issue. In the end, all of these may check out, and your problem could be your mobo.

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