View Full Version : [ubuntu] Can't boot ubuntu disk on dell inspiron 1501

December 8th, 2009, 09:04 PM
Hi, gave my brother a copy of ubuntu to load onto his computer but having trouble getting it to boot. Have tried f2 and f12 etc and changing bios to boot off cd/dvd but with no luck. Anything he is doing wrong? He wants to do a full install and get rid of windows.

many thanks.

December 8th, 2009, 09:34 PM
It sounds like CD is not bootable. Did you burn it as an ISO not just copy the ISO as data to the CD. Also you want to burn at the slowest speed possible for best quality.


December 8th, 2009, 09:57 PM
I purchased cd and have used it on my computer. Think it's a problem with it being a dell inspiron 1501? and not being able to set bios to boot off cd/dvd rom

December 9th, 2009, 12:10 AM
If it is a really old computer it may not boot from the CD. If the BIOS gives it as a choice it should be able to boot. There are ways to use a boot floppy to boot a CD. I think one way was with supergrub.