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Aug 2, 2010

As a back story, my Thinkpad had two partitions on it; one with Windows Vista and one with Windows 7. But it can't find the boot files, and thus isn't starting up (I'm getting a remove media or other devices error). So I'm just trying to get it working by trying to download the Ubuntu ISO on another computer, burning it to a disk and then booting it up on my Thinkpad.

I downloaded the 32-bit ISO of Ubuntu. It's ubuntu-10.04-desktop-i386, and it's 699MB, making me think that nothing is inherently wrong with the file I'm trying to burn. So I use InfraRecorder to burn it to an empty CD-R disk with 702MB of free space. (I tried using a DVD-R earlier, but switched over to CD-Rs after the DVD gave me the same problems that the CD-R is now giving me.) So I open up IR, find the ISO file, and burn it to the CD. Everything appears to work normally, and the disk pops out once it is done.

Now the Ubuntu website tells me that I can open up the CD-R file and check its contents, but I can't seem to do that, or at least on my computer. I put the disk back in (while running Vista on the computer I burned it on) and nothing happens, although I don't know if something is supposed to happen. I click on the DVD drive whilst in My Computer, and it pops out again (with the disk still in it) and tells me to insert a disk... whatever I think.

So maybe it's just not meant to work when already in Windows, but I put it into my Lenovo, boot from the CD/RW and am getting the same error. The specific error isn't really relevant, but rather the fact that it isn't even booting into Ubuntu. Clarifications: The integrity of the ISO file or the distribution are not the cause. I downloaded Linux Mint and encountered the same problem.

The computer burning the disk is not the problem. I used InfraRecorder and other burning software on two different computers, and both got to 100% and ejected the disk. The problem is that the disk is full, but not doing anything on either of the two computers I'm using to burn, and isn't booting up on my Thinkpad.

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