Cannot boot Linux live CD from optical drive

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Cannot boot Linux live CD from optical drive

#1 Post by zxasqw12 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:48 pm

I picked up a T61 recently and had an unusual issue when trying to boot a Linux live CD (no HD).

With a known good Linux CD in the drive and the BIOS set to boot from the CD first, the ThinkPad POST screen would simply loop endlessly. I could see the drive light and hear the drive spin up but no success. I was however able to boot successfully from a USB drive.

Thinking that perhaps the drive was at fault, I swapped a known good drive with the same result. Any possible recommendations come to mind? Thanks in advance for any suggestions or advice.

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Re: Cannot boot Linux live CD from optical drive

#2 Post by theterminator93 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:01 pm

Hmm...

Try leaving the CD out of the drive at startup, then during POST press F12 to get to the boot device menu. After that, put the CD in and wait for it to finish initializing the disc, then choose the option to boot to CD.
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Re: Cannot boot Linux live CD from optical drive

#3 Post by Kasm279 » Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:47 am

Try burning a new disc. Slow the burn down and use quality media.
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Re: Cannot boot Linux live CD from optical drive

#4 Post by zxasqw12 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:44 pm

Thanks to those who responded. As I said, the disc was known to be good, but upon closer examination, there was a small smudge in the write area. After a quick wipe down, we were back in business.

Should always remember to check the easy stuff first- thanks

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Re: Cannot boot Linux live CD from optical drive

#5 Post by jaspen-meyer » Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:15 am

zxasqw12 wrote:there was a small smudge in the write area.
What/where is the 'write area'?
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Re: Cannot boot Linux live CD from optical drive

#6 Post by rkawakami » Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:59 pm

About 95% of the "bottom" surface of the CD; not counting the area around the hub (hole) :) .
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Re: Cannot boot Linux live CD from optical drive

#7 Post by ajkula66 » Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:19 pm

My experience has been that many *61 systems will not boot from a CD unless the HDD is physically present. It can be blank, but it must be inserted.

Why? No idea.
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