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    Won't boot from CD - Tried many things. Help?

    So I spent some time searching these forums - And followed all the wonderful advice that was given to others to fix their problems, but nothing quite seems to work. This laptop's hardrive died a while back, and has since been removed. I am attempting a boot from the CD so I can set this up for my girlfriend to use a browsing machine/webmail checking machine.

    Here are my specs:

    Compaq Presario 2100US

    Processor Intel Pentium 4-M 2.4 GHz
    Data Bus Speed 400.0 MHz
    Cache Memory
    Type L2 cache - Advanced Transfer Cache
    Installed Size 256.0 KB
    RAM
    Installed Size 512.0 MB / 1024.0 MB (max)
    Technology DDR SDRAM - 266.0 MHz
    Memory Specification Compliance DDR266/PC2100
    Flash Memory
    Hard Drive 60.0 GB
    Storage Removable None - None
    Hard drive type Portable

    __________

    It started with a blank screen after the area where you can enter 'cheat codes'. It would just go black and hang there. So I tried all of these commands, to no avail:

    nofastb
    vga=0
    noapic
    noagp
    noapm
    nodma
    nomce
    nofirewire
    nopcmcia
    noscsi
    noswap
    nousb
    nosmp
    noaudio
    acpi=off pnpbios=off noapic noapm


    Trying the different video mode - I just get a blinking cursor. All the others had no effect.
    I also tried :boot: knoppix vga=0 debug -b 3, and it stopped at this line:

    0.465210] Simple boot flag at 0x36 set to 0x1.


    ....HELP!

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    You can try : Knoppix 2, and see if you can boot to a command prompt (shell). Also vga=normal.

    Another thing to consider is the possibility of a bad cd burn. Can you try the cd in a different PC ?

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