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Burning .iso of Linux Mint?

Postby Cluttermagnet on Fri Dec 22, 2006 8:38 am

Hi-
I'm trying to get a good copy of Linux mint. I only have dialup here. I downloaded Barbara 2.0 using a friend's broadband connection. I got the entire distro OK. But Nero was not working right on this XP machine and had errors finishing the CD.

Can any one recommend a good, free software CDR burner utility to make an .iso of the downloaded file? Nero is useless on that machine.

BTW I can see the .iso on the 'bad' CDR that Nero burned on my own 98SE machine- but it will not boot as a live CD. I know for sure that machine will boot on other Linux live CD distros.
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Postby 900i on Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:00 am

Where you from Cluttermagnet? If you are UK based, I could post you a Linux Mint CD!
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Postby Cluttermagnet on Fri Dec 22, 2006 5:10 pm

Thanks, mate-
If I were in the UK, I'd take you up on your kind offer. I'm in America (the real one, not the one you hear so much about in the news lately). I have Barbara 2.0 but plan to download Bea 2.1 on my friend's broadband connection. I will figure out how to burn a good .iso of that distro and try it as a live CD first.

I have a lot to learn about Linux. Linux Mint sounds great- just what is needed for a newcomer. I am fairly geeky, but only in a Windows environment. I need a CDR burning tool, therefore, to produce my .iso in Windows.

BTW, Win98SE can see my 'bad' .iso of Barbara 2.0 and reports the file size as 711.538.688 bytes. Will this distro truly fit on a '700M' size CDR?
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Postby carfree on Fri Dec 22, 2006 5:24 pm

Cluttermagnet wrote:Thanks, mate-
If I were in the UK, I'd take you up on your kind offer. I'm in America (the real one, not the one you hear so much about in the news lately). I have Barbara 2.0 but plan to download Bea 2.1 on my friend's broadband connection. I will figure out how to burn a good .iso of that distro and try it as a live CD first.

I have a lot to learn about Linux. Linux Mint sounds great- just what is needed for a newcomer. I am fairly geeky, but only in a Windows environment. I need a CDR burning tool, therefore, to produce my .iso in Windows.

BTW, Win98SE can see my 'bad' .iso of Barbara 2.0 and reports the file size as 711.538.688 bytes. Will this distro truly fit on a '700M' size CDR?


How about this. I'm a former Brit and I live in Texas. Maybe I can help bridge the gap? :-)

I have read that you should use a 'Read' disk, as opposed to RW, for ISO files and also do it on a slow speed.

Don't ask me how I found out about this. :-)
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Postby 900i on Fri Dec 22, 2006 5:54 pm

Ok Cluttermagnet, here's the link to your burner

http://www.deepburner.com/

Next when you burn an ISO, there is no iso file visible on the disk, you can just see the directory structure. Do not drag and drop the Linux Mint 2.1.iso to the burner. You have to burn a disk image
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Postby clem on Fri Dec 22, 2006 8:08 pm

and YES, our ISO files DO fit on the CD. And there's a lot of efforts put into that :lol:

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Postby Cluttermagnet on Fri Dec 22, 2006 8:22 pm

Thanks, Clem-
Yes, I see on the Linux Mint website that it is 695M.
I'm over at my friend's house now, and am about to download Bea 2.1 via broadband ISP. Also I am going to grab a copy of DeepBurner- thanks 900i !
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Postby clem on Fri Dec 22, 2006 8:38 pm

Make sure you check the md5 of the ISO before you burn it. IF you're using windows you'll need to get an md5 checker:

http://www.etree.org/cgi-bin/counter.cg ... md5sum.exe

open a command line and type md5sum.exe yourfile.iso

the result should be:
f57c1935b04546ced05f4e8b3d6fdea8
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Postby Cluttermagnet on Sat Dec 23, 2006 5:14 am

OK, thanks! I grabbed a copy of md5sum.exe. I will check the md5 and burn my CD some time tomorrow (23 Dec).
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Postby Cluttermagnet on Sat Dec 23, 2006 4:45 pm

DeepBurner has worked very well for me on both 98SE and XP machines. I just burned Linux Mint 2.0 and 2.1 .iso CD's. Tried to check md5sum before burning but it wouldn't work in XP. Placed the file in C:\winnt\system 32 per the website instructions, but never saw results. I must be doing something wrong with syntax in the Run command or have placed md5sum.exe in the wrong folder perhaps? I will try the .iso as live CD's at home later tonight.
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Postby falfam on Sat Dec 23, 2006 7:48 pm

Cluttermagnet

try CDburnerXP it's FREE and it works 100% of the time.....

It's what I used before I made the switch to Linux.....

You will find that K3B in Linux to be even better....

Thw web site for CDburnerXP is http://www.cdburnerxp.se/

Hope this helps and isn't to late...

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Postby Cluttermagnet on Sat Dec 23, 2006 8:24 pm

try CDburnerXP it's FREE and it works 100% of the time.....

Thanks, I may try that one- but the only problem I was having was I couldn't verify the md5sum of the distros I downloaded. Actually my CD burning with DeepBurner went fine. I got my CD's OK.
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Postby falfam on Sat Dec 23, 2006 8:29 pm

Cool.......enjoy linux and the forums

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Postby 900i on Sun Dec 24, 2006 5:53 am

Cluttermagnet try this for checksum verification, it's a windows GUI app

http://www.nullriver.com/index/products/winmd5sum
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Postby Cluttermagnet on Sun Dec 24, 2006 2:25 pm

My LinuxMint 2.1 "Bea" CD worked flawlessly as a live CD. Now I will struggle for a time, figuring out how to navigate in Linux. There is much to learn...

I have 6-8 working desktops. I think I'd better pick one and actually install Linux on it. I'm not going to try multi-booting OS's. I will just set up 1-2 dedicated Linux machines to learn on. Because I know so little about Linux, I'm very limited right now in what I can do in a Live CD environment. I know file management pretty well in Windows. Some day I will use Live CD Linux distros to fix broken Windows OS's. LOL!

One question- I have an old IBM PC with AMD K6-II CPU. It's very slow with Windows. I think it is a 266MHz machine. It has about 128-193M of RAM (I don't remember). Is that enough to work with LinuxMint? If not, I do have several P4 machines at 1.6-1.8GHz I can use instead.
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Postby Cluttermagnet on Sun Dec 24, 2006 2:30 pm

Cluttermagnet try this for checksum verification, it's a windows GUI app

http://www.nullriver.com/index/products/winmd5sum

Thanks, 900i. I will get a copy of this and try it on my friend's XP machine (where my .iso files live right now). Would this work on my own Win98SE machines to look at the md5 sum on a burned CD copy? Or do I need to check the sum on an .iso that lives on a hard drive?
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Postby 900i on Wed Dec 27, 2006 7:26 am

Or do I need to check the sum on an .iso that lives on a hard drive?


Yes, thats what it's for, before you burn and waste a blank.
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Postby Cluttermagnet on Wed Dec 27, 2006 10:10 am

Yes, of course- but what I'm asking is whether md5sum checking is still possible after you have burned a CD (or coaster)? Or does burning that CD change the data format so that an md5sum checking program will not work on it? My CD's live here at my house. My .iso files live at another house, where I am perhaps once weekly, on average. I seem to remember having some problem checking md5 on that machine with the software I had available at that time (last week). Since then, I have been pointed towards a utility that checks md5 from within windows, rather than DOS. That other machine is an XP box.
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Postby 900i on Wed Dec 27, 2006 10:49 am

Don't know the answer to that, you would have to read the MD5Sum docs, sorry.
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Postby Telkwa on Wed Dec 27, 2006 11:06 am

I'm running Ubuntu on a test PC. It's only a PIII 450 MHz with 650+MB RAM under the hood. Doesn't break any records (OpenOffice takes about 20 seconds to come up) but it's reliable.

The processor speed isn't as critical as RAM. Anything less than 256 and most of the LiveCD installers get cranky. With 128 RAM it's highly unlikely that the LiveCD would work at all.

If you can't scrounge up some more RAM you might want to think about Xubuntu or some other lighterweight distro, and you'd have to use the text-based installer.

EDIT: I like md5summer for checking md5 in Windows. It's relatively easy and it works

http://www.md5summer.org/
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