Creating a Boot Disc
Note: you can view a demonstration of how to create a Linux boot disc from Windows in our Video Section
First, you need to make sure that you have downloaded your desired distribution. Most browsers (-such as Firefox) will place any downloaded file in the /home/<user>/Downloads directory:
Once the file is downloaded (-normally, this is an .iso image file - as shown in the image above), insert a blank disc in your CD/DVD writer and burn the image file to the disc using suitable software such as:
Once the file is downloaded .. insert a blank disc .. and burn the image file to the disc using suitable sofware ..
Note: you can also write the image to a USB drive instead of a CD or DVD. A USB will be faster both to write the image to and for the PC to read at boot time. Note that some distros like Puppy will require you to write the image to a CD or DVD first (-and boot from it), before you can then install it to a USB stick
Having created your Linux boot disc, do the following:
Place the disc in the CD/DVD reader tray of the target PC (-i.e. the PC that you wish to load Linux onto) or plug in the USB Memory Stick
Power up the PC and let it boot from the CD/DVD reader or Memory Stick
If the CD/DVD/Memory Stick is not the highest priority boot device (-normally, the CD/DVD drive is by default) then check your BIOS manual for the correct key to press to enter the boot priority menu. This key should be pressed when the BIOS splash page displays:
- For computers using the Award BIOS, this key is normally "F12"
- For computers using AMI (American Megatrends) BIOS, it is usually "F8"
This will display a list of the available devices that can be booted from:
Use the arrow keys to select the device you wish to boot from then hit the "ENTER" key. The computer should then invoke the Linux boot loader (grub) automatically.