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your sure you were using the right one, 32bit 64bit? and burning the iso properly? i know ive had troubles when i tried to write at max speed, maybe slow it down a bit and try it.
    
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yea but could i use the vista boot loader to boot into linux
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vista's boot loader hates linux. best thing to do is have vista installed first, then install linux and grub/lilo, depends on which linux distro you use, they work just fine.
    
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i have 3 hdd 2 for windows in raid-0 and 1 for lunix non raid.. i have vista installed and i wanna install dream linux.. because it gives you the option of not installing grub yada yada yada once i get it installed i go into vista and use easyBCD and setup the vista bootloader up so i can boot to linux
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Well.. I really think you'd be making a mistake not using GRUB.. So here's a new idea:

Unplug your windows HDs when you install Ubuntu or Fedora. That way you are guaranteed not to have to reinstall anything (using that technique, you shouldnt.). Set your bios to boot from the linux drive, and when you get into linux, as root user (alternatively, you can use su or sudo commands) edit your grub.conf in /boot similarly to the way this guy has his:

http://fedorajim.googlepages.com/dua...pthesafeway...

Even if you can't get Vista added to your GRUB boot menu right, you can always set the bios to boot from your windows HDs after you plug them back in. After linux is installed, both drives should be plugged in again anyway.
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Besides Ubuntu 7.10, the best Linux Distro is Fedora8. I highly recommend that. But I'd try to get Ubuntu working before installing Fedora.
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post #27 of 27
You can always put GRUB or LILO on a second hard drive and boot off that, while just leaving the Vista bootloader on its own hard drive. This leaves you the ability to fall back to the Vista drive to boot at least windows.

I would recommend using GRUB. Once you have sorted whatever problem you are having, you will find it a lot better. When I used XP I had used "grub for nt" and it was quite good but I don't know how well it works with Vista and you probably need a fairly good grasp of boot.ini.

PCLinuxOS is very popular all of a sudden. It is my understanding that it is designed to be similar to Windows so you could try that. distrowatch.com tends to have the most user-friendly distros listed as the most popular.

I have used Fedora in the past and I know the problem you are speaking of. It happens when something else is using the package system, something has crashed without unlocking it or you are not running as a superuser. Deleting the lock file will usually sort the problem but if something is legitmately locking it, deleting the file is not a good idea as you will cause race conditions. When you boot it automatically checks for updates and I found that this often locks the package manager for several minutes, particularly if you are on a slow internet connection because the package list files that fedora uses are massive. You can always use apt on Fedora anyway or just ditch yum, pup etc and use rpm directly.
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