[Cialug] "Designed for Microsoft Windows XP"
Nathan C. Smith
smith at ipmvs.com
Sat Feb 24 23:49:01 CST 2007
IBM laptops often have an F10 or F12 option at boot time to choose the boot
device. On other laptops it could be F2 or... ?
Give those a try. Also watch the boot prompts sometimes there is a "press
key to boot from CD" option.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rachel Garrett [mailto:rmgarrett at gmail.com]
> Sent: Saturday, February 24, 2007 10:45 PM
> To: cialug at cialug.org
> Subject: [Cialug] "Designed for Microsoft Windows XP"
> I'm new here, so how better to introduce myself than a plea for help?
> I bought a used Gateway laptop that came with Microsoft XP
> Pro, intending to put Linux on it. But it refuses to boot
> from CD-ROM, so I'm stuck. I tried a Knoppix CD and a Gentoo
> CD; neither of them work.
> It just goes straight into Windows. Both CDs have
> successfully booted in other machines, and this laptop reads
> other CDs just fine. So it's not an issue with nonbootable
> CDs or nonfunctional hardware.
> In the BIOS setup screen, the first boot device listed is
> CD-ROM. I've played around with arranging the order of boot
> devices, and it hasn't helped. Quick boot (skips some tests)
> and quiet boot (hides the boot
> information) were enabled by default, and I tried disabling
> them. I thought maybe one of the tests it skips on a quick
> boot might lead it to forget to look for bootable media. But
> that didn't work either.
> I have a little sticker on my laptop that says "Designed for
> Windows XP," but I thought that was just a generic statement
> saying, "Hello, I'm hardware that works with Windows." Now
> I'm worried that it's really saying, "Nyeah, I have annoying
> little safeguards that keep you from installing anything but
> Windows." Is this common practice on machines that come with
> Windows pre-installed? If so, can anyone point me to some
> instructions on how to work around this? I have a USB drive,
> but it's full of data from my old machine, so I don't think
> even Damn Small Linux would fit on it.
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