Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: Nov. 18 2003,18:59
Some older drives prefer CD-R disks instead of CD-RW disks or vice-versa.
You should test out your CDROM drive somehow:
Either boot in an alternative OS (Windows/DOS) that contains drivers for your CDROM drive. Stick in a "Normal" CDROM disk (not a home-recorded disk) and see if you can read it. Also, you could try and boot from a floppy disk Linux distro like BASIC LINUX, mount your CDROM drive and see if you can read the files.
If you are unable to read any kind of CD disk, then you have a bad drive. You can also check to see if the DSL liveCD that you burned will work. You can get replacement ATAPI CDROM drives very cheap at most electronics stores. See www.salescircular.com for details.
If you can SEE the DSL CD contents (IE: the Autorun.inf files and the KNOPPIX directory) but you still cannot boot, your next best option is to creat a boot floppy using the instructions on the web site. Then use the boot floppy to launch DSL.
Finally, if you can SEE the DSL CD contents, BUT the boot floppy does not work, then you should copy the contents of the CD over to your hard drive. Be sure to name the folder "C:\KNOPPIX" and not "C:\Knoppix". Then try the boot floppy again and it should boot from the files that are stored on your hard drive.