[CA LUG] Looking for a good burn of Fedora Core 4

David A. Cafaro dac at cafaro.net
Wed Sep 14 09:22:45 CDT 2005

Hello Russ,

The most common cause of ISO's not working once downloaded and then
burned to the CD is the method of burning to the CD.  Please excuse me
if I'm covering something you've already known, but when you burned the
CD's from the ISOs did you just burn the ISO file onto the CD like you
would any data CD or did you use the option to create CD from a disc
image.  This will make a huge difference.  If you just burn the ISO file
to the disc then when you put the disk back into your machine after a
successful burn, you will only see one large file (the ISO file you
downloaded then copied to the CD).  If you used the create CD from a
disc image, then when you put the CD back in your computer and look at
the contents you will see many files on the CD and most likely a
directory structure as well.  This CD is the one that should allow you
to boot and install the OS.  The single file CD is now just a backup of
your ISO file, and not useful unless you need to use the create CD from
ISO file again ;-).


On Wed, 2005-09-14 at 09:47 -0400, Russ wrote:
> Hello,
> I'd like to hear the porper way to download iso's.  Ive done it in Windows
> but I think windows touches the files somehow and even though they have
> passed the checksums I havent been able to get them to work.
> Russ M
> On Wed, 14 Sep 2005, Sean Wilkerson wrote:
> > Don,
> > What is the problem with your attempts?  Did it not download?  Did it 
> > partially download and fail?  What mirror did you choose (have you tried 
> > others, perhaps one closer to you)?  Did you get it downloaded all the 
> > way, but the checksum failed?  Did you get it downloaded all the way, 
> > not run the checksum, but then tried to burn it?  Are you downloading on 
> > windows?
> > 
> > The world of proprietary software when related to "tinkerers" used to 
> > exists largely of "swapping cds" with friends and that sort.  However, 
> > OSS is readily available to anyone with an internet connection, and is 
> > typically easy to download, check the integrity of,  and run.  Although 
> > you can get this CD from anyone, it might be good to understand 1. Why 
> > it is failing so far 2. How you can get it to NOT fail, so you won't 
> > have to rely on someone else next time you want software.
> > 
> > The opensource community typically rallys around those who want to help 
> > themselves.  If you ask for the disk, you might find someone willing to 
> > share, if you ask for help solving the problem yourself, I am confidant 
> > you will get help from many people offering suggestions, or procedures, 
> > which you can follow.
> > 
> > Hope that wasn't too preachy, that certainly wasn't the intent.
> > 
> > Sean
> > 
> > Don Miller III wrote:
> > 
> > >Hi CALUG.
> > >
> > >I have repeatedly tried to download the image file fore FC4 DVD or 
> > >Cd's.  I would prefer the DVD but it really does not matter for me.  I 
> > >want to explore Linux and after years of use off and on, I am still a 
> > >novice.  If anyone has suggestions, or can connect for me to burn a 
> > >copy, I would appreciate it. 
> > >
> > >Thanks for your help
> > >
> > >Don
> > 
David A. Cafaro
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