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Old 12-15-2010, 09:37 AM   #1
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I recently acquired a Dell Dimension 4600 that was blue screening because Windows was so screwed up. I decided to put Debian on it and give it to my dad for web browsing. I burned the CD, but when I put it in the drive, it would not boot. Whenever I select the CD drive in the boot menu, it goes straight to the screwed up Windows install. I've tried three different drives and still nothing. A bootable flash drive didn't work either. I am sure that the discs are good, as they all work in my other computers. What is going on here?
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have u tried the CD and USB in another computer, just to make sure they are bootable and the problem is the PC ?
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Default Re: Old Dell will only boot Windows.

What type of blank CD did you use for the burn? Maybe it's a type that older CD-ROMs have a tough time reading.
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have u tried the CD and USB in another computer, just to make sure they are bootable and the problem is the PC ?
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What type of blank CD did you use for the burn? Maybe it's a type that older CD-ROMs have a tough time reading.
It was standard CD-Rs. All three drives were either DVD-ROM or DVD-RW, so I doubt that is the issue.
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Did you try to use the boot menu?
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And I assume one of your optical drive do work, right?

Have you tried burning another image, like Ubuntu? Does a Windows CD/DVD work?
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And I assume one of your optical drive do work, right?

Have you tried burning another image, like Ubuntu? Does a Windows CD/DVD work?
I've tried debian 4 and 5 and ubuntu 10.10.

Never tried a Windows CD. I'll burn one and give it a try.
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Default Re: Old Dell will only boot Windows.

Do you have a floppy drive so that you're able to flash the BIOS? Maybe there's an issue there that is preventing the settings from taking hold and a flash may resolve?? There's my guess.

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That might be a problem. This computer is the only one I have with a floppy drive, and I don't have any floppies.
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