Iso Burning Howto


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Presentation given at the UALUG Installfest on the 2nd May

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Iso Burning Howto

  1. 1. Getting Started Installing Linux OR The Iso Burning Gap and How To Get Around It
  2. 2. Iso? WTF? <ul><li>What is an Iso and why do I need one?
  3. 3. Where can I get an Iso from?
  4. 4. Why doesn't it burn properly in windows?
  5. 5. How do I burn it properly?
  6. 6. I hate CDs, what about USB?
  7. 7. How do I boot from the CD/USB? </li></ul>
  8. 8. What is an Iso and Why do I need one? <ul><li>An Iso (.iso) file is the whole contents of a CD contained within one file.
  9. 9. We call this kind of file an image.
  10. 10. An Iso must be burnt properly to a CD so that the files appear as if they had been burnt individually.
  11. 11. This can be difficult in Windows! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Where can I get an Iso from? <ul><li>Most distributions are downloadable as Isos
  13. 13. Have a look at your distributions website (e.g.,,, etc)
  14. 14. Another good resource is the ECE mirror, which is available to anyone in New Zealand ( </li></ul>
  15. 15. Why doesn't it burn properly in Windows? <ul><li>Firstly, Windows sucks.
  16. 16. The build in CD Burning wizard will fail to recognise an Iso as an image file and will just burn it as it would any other file.
  17. 17. You end up with a CD containing one file – the Iso
  18. 18. This won't boot! </li></ul>
  19. 19. How do I burn it properly? <ul><li>You need a proper CD burning application.
  20. 20. Nero will do this, if you already have it.
  21. 21. However Nero costs $$ and isn't Open Source.
  22. 22. I suggest InfraRecorder as a FOSS option ( </li></ul>
  23. 23. I hate CDs, what about USB? <ul><li>Using CDs for every distro you try isn't very green.
  24. 24. Most Isos can be 'burnt' to a USB flash disk.
  25. 25. You usually need a stick of about 1GB or larger.
  26. 26. A nice application called Unetbootin ( ) can do this from Windows or Linux. </li></ul>
  27. 27. How do I boot from the CD/USB? <ul><li>You need to set the BIOS to boot from the corect device.
  28. 28. How you do this depends on your computer.
  29. 29. You usually press 'Del' or F2 to access the BIOS settings. </li></ul>
  30. 30. That was very quick! Yes is was! Most of this stuff is practical and you actually have to do it. We're happy to run through this process with you over the course of the day.
  31. 31. Questions? These slides are also available online at: Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 New Zealand License