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#1 sniper8752

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 05:03 PM

I am trying to boot to a ubcd usb/cd, and neither seem to be working.  I have a dell desktop, model precision 490.  I am able to boot to ubcd on my laptop-it works fine there.  when I boot to the option "onboard or usb cd-rom drive" on the dell desktop, it says that the selected boot device is not available.  any ideas on how to fix this?



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 06:26 PM

Hello, I would check that the BIOS can detect the CD/DVD drive. If not, re-seat the power and data cables of the drive and then boot. Unplug the power supply and ground yourself before doing anything in the computer.

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 06:42 PM

I tried booting to the windows xp (cd or dvd), and it worked.  so maybe it is something about the ubcd disc?



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 07:22 PM

How did you burn the disk? If you see one file on the UBCD CD with and iso extension then it was not burned. You will need to burn the iso with software like Imgburn which is free. Just be sure to opt out of any optional software during the install. It could also be a bad burn.

 

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 07:34 PM

I burned it - there is no .iso on it.  and it does work - tested it on another computer.  i checked on the dell desktop, and it does say dvd on the dvd/cd drive.  i know that there is a form(not sure if it is +/-) that is older that older computers support.  I don't think that this is this old, but could it be an issue if it is a dvd+rw?



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 07:45 PM

A DVD drive should be able to read +/- disks. I usually burn +R for data. I am not sure what is wrong if the computer could boot from a XP CD/DVD. Have you tried booting from a USB flash drive? If you have one available, you can use Rufus and install the iso to the flash drive. Very easy and I have not had an issue with it. Just make sure you select Quick Format in the options.

 

http://rufus.akeo.ie/

 

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 07:51 PM

i did try booting from a usb.  it tells me that there is a floppy diskette seek failure... not sure what that has to do with usb.  I will try to re-burn these images on the dvd/usb.  not sure where else to go from here though.



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 07:57 PM

I don't know either. Maybe somebody else can jump in and give their thoughts. Did you try booting from the USB using Rufus?



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 07:58 PM

never used rufus before - where do you specify the iso image?



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 08:00 PM

In the image I posted, see the dropdown box with iso image? Next to it is a drive. Press that button and browse to the iso.


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 08:08 PM

ah yes ok, it was kind of hidden there.  thank you.  will give it a shot.



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 08:15 PM

so I did a re-burn/image of the dvd/usb, and only the usb stick worked.  I wonder if I burn linux or something else on the dvd, if it will work.



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 08:21 PM

You can give it a try. I would download Puppy linux. It's only about 130MB.

 

http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm

 

One question. Did you burn the iso to DVD with Imgburn? I know that sometimes a disk will fail for some reason but burning it with Imgburn works. Even though it worked on the other computer, try burning the UBCD iso with Imgburn and set the burn speed to the lowest your drive can handle. I always burn iso's at 4X if possible.

 

Is this the site you download the UBCD?


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 08:31 PM

I was going to try ubuntu, or linux mint, but I don't mind trying a new distro!  do you like puppy linux because it is small?  any other reasons?  I am not sure if i want to run a server, or just a desktop, off of my desktop yet.

and I did get it from the right site.  I will try the lowest speed next time - and yes, I used imgburn.



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 08:41 PM

I like Puppy because it is small and is good at recovering data from an unbootable Windows computer. See this guide. Puppy does everything I need it too. But, if I was going to install Linux on the computer, it would be Ubuntu or Mint.

 

Another good rescue disk based on linux is Parted Magic. It is no longer free but only costs $5 to download. The last free version is here. It has some good tools like Testdisk, Clonezilla, and Gparted.






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