Antony wrote:However, back in year 2000, I had a problem installing Windows 2000 (original legal CD). The reason for that was the DVD-ROM I had (Sony) couldn't read CD correctly... So, I would suggest you to make sure your CD/DVD reader is not faulty and the Linux CD is a good copy.
To be honest, I wondered for awhile if this could
be caused by bad hardware - The primary CD-ROM drive on that computer sometimes doesn't open/close properly, or when it's reading a disk, it'll sometimes just slow down, nearly stopping, for no reason - I've had to restart programs (or even Windows) quite a few times because of this
As for the disk, it appeared to be just fine - There wasn't a problem with it at all. Also, had I not read the following reply from Andrew (or, later in the day, tried it out on a relative's computer [another reason for having a bootable CD handy
]), I would've seriously considered checking out the hardware to see if the problem was there.
But thank you anyway for suggesting to check that out, Antony
Andrew T. wrote:Additionally, I stumbled across a series of archived messages from a Debian user mailing list regarding this problem. This particular user's problem was resolved by adding the command "knoppix nodma" at the boot prompt.
I tried booting it up again, typing in that line before pressing Enter this time, and I had no problem booting into Knoppix
Once it was finished loading, I had to change the screen resolution - That
, however, was due to a problem with my monitor (the screen started "waving" left and right when I moved the mouse - decreasing the resolution fixed the problem).
There was a similar case with my relative's computer (an HP Pavilion, and it mentioned about an "unknown mode" while booting up - I can't remember what the exact message was, though
), although I didn't need to type in "knoppix nodma" in that case - I didn't know what mode to select, so I just let it go...And it had no trouble booting up (without any "waving", unlike with my monitor).
Again, thank you for helping me get Knoppix working here, Andrew - I greatly appreciate it
Jeffredo wrote:Hello Wolfey. I tried Knoppix for the first time last night. It did boot right up for me in just a couple of minutes, but I have a fairly new PC with 1 gig of RAM (and I understand the availability of lots of free RAM is the best speed up for Knoppix). It was my fist experience with Linux and I tried Knoppix because of it's "no commitment" bootable CD. While looking into such distros I saw several good reviews of Mepis (also boots from CD with the option to install to your hard drive). I may give it a try as well.
It's a little slow here...But that's understandable, since it's being run on an old computer [Pentium II, 400 MHz] with only 128 MB of RAM, and via the CD-ROM drive as well. Excluding the monitor issue (which I'm not blaming Knoppix for), it's worked rather well so far
I've only messed around with it for a short while, but compared to the last time I've used any distribution of Linux, it's come quite a long way since then
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