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Thread: boot without hard drive

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    boot without hard drive

    i have a macbook c2d with a bad hard drive - mechanical failure
    i want to use the live cd to install a copy to a usb until i get a new hd
    i burned u 8.10-64 and tried to boot from the cd but it after i get past the boot settings and splash screen keeps trying to initialize my hard drive (which of course doesn't work)

    is there some boot setting i need to use to get u-live load into ram
    i have 2gb of ram which should be enough

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    Re: boot without hard drive

    Are you sure that you are on 64-bit architecture with a c2d? Also, have you tried removing the HDD entirely?
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    Re: boot without hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by jenkinbr View Post
    Are you sure that you are on 64-bit architecture with a c2d?
    yes, it's an intel-64. before my hard drive went i was dual booting with arch64

    Quote Originally Posted by jenkinbr View Post
    Also, have you tried removing the HDD entirely?
    no, should I? I guess I'm going to have to eventually.

    i'll post again after i try

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    Re: boot without hard drive

    took out the hard drive last night but that didn't change a thing
    but i realized something, it's the cd i burned.
    the error i get is this
    Code:
    buffer i/o error on device sr0
    i've never had trouble burning cd's before, but i don't use my wife's laptop much either

    the checksums were fine after i downloaded the file
    should i reburn the disc?

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    Re: boot without hard drive

    I've had the same problem with both Ubuntu and Kubuntu cds, both the 32- and 64-bit versions. Has anyone come up with a definitive answer to this?
    Last edited by skelbley08; December 6th, 2008 at 04:19 PM.

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