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How to boot from CD in Win98?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by ToyotaMan, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. ToyotaMan


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    Jun 6, 2000
    I've downloaded a Knoppix Linux Livecd using bittorrent and have burned it to a disc. I'd like to put it on my wife's laptop which runs Windows 98. However, I can't figure out how to get the computer to boot from the CD-ROM drive first.

    Can someone help?
  2. Anon1


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    Aug 17, 2000
    Once you power it on you should see a message on the screen like "F2 for Setup" or maybe Delet, or some other key combination.

    Go in there, be very careful, and if you think that you might have accidently changed something then shut the power off and then try it again.

    Inside that Setup system should be an option labled "Boot Order" or similar. Set the first boot device to CD-ROM. Save changes and reboot with the LiveCD in the drive.

    Also, make sure that you burned the CD correctly. There should be more than one file on it. If it only has the one file that you got from the bittorrent then it is not correct.

  3. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    Mar 28, 2001
    SW Oregon
    Oh man, why not just grab yourself an ISO from a reputable Linux site?

    Then verify it, burn the .iso file to disk with Nero and boot from it.

    I'll bet you didn't even get an MD5SUM with that file, did you? Did you know that it is necessary to learn the proper use of the "fsum" utility to verify the file is the correct size and isn't corrupted in any way before you try to burn it to CD?

    Well, don't worry too much about that...if you can read directions, it takes all of three minutes to duplicate the hash file.

    But if you don't have a MD5SUM to go from, then you can't expect the file to be in good shape, virus-free, and uncorrupted.

    I grabbed the Knoppix 3.6 .iso from this site, and I installed it to HDD a few times since then, as Debian, on different machines.

    There is also a wealth of info on's forums, to get you started if this is new to you. is another good site.