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Actually, if someone has very old hardware, that is exactly what I do:
replace first the cables and then the drive so the person can do what he
or she wishes to do.

An example was one time when I was puzzled as to why someone's old box
couldn't boot off a CD. I had carefully set the BIOS boot order so it
boots from the CD first. But it wasn't booting. I replaced the IE cable.
Same story.

The answer dawned on me -- the drive was so old, it was expecting a 500
Mb capacity CD. I was using a 650 Mb CD. I replaced the drive and
presto, the system suddenly booted from CD.

I haven't checked into DVDs specifically because the issue hasn't come
up with any of my customers yet, but often replacing the drive cable
first and if necessary the drive is a very good option.

Bob Cochran
Greenbelt, Maryland


John Aldrich wrote:
> I think some folks have lost sight of what the OP was suggesting -- a Bootable 
> DVD made up of multiple CD images, which could be used to install as a DVD or 
> loop-mount the DVD image and copy the individual CD images out. Apparently 
> that's what the first Fedora DVDs were... a collection of CD images, or so 
> someone here said.
> 
> IF that were the case, I don't know why Fedora decided to drop that model in 
> favor of a "real" DVD image, but that does make it difficult for people (like 
> myself) who do not have a "bootable" DVD drive. I've got a DVD drive, but for 
> some strange reason I can't seem to boot off it. Whether that's a BIOS issue 
> or what, I don't know. I don't particularly care, either. It does not matter 
> to me whether I boot off a "boot cd" and then install from the DVD or from a 
> collection of CDs. I just need something that my system will boot. 
> 
> Also, not all of us are made of money and can afford to go out and buy the 
> latest and greatest motherboard/CPU combo and the latest and greatest DVD / 
> CD burner, etc. Some of us have to make do for several years.
> 
> Not trying to sound argumentative, but some folks on this list seem to think 
> that if you can't use a DVD, you should go out and buy all new hardware just 
> so you can install off the DVD. I just thought I'd point that out.
> 
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