Burning Boot DVD

Hello. I have a Sony Vaio AR 790.

I downloaded suse DVD iso image with international language option.

I burned the iso image to DVD, but I used CDBurnerXP. I don’t know what option to use. I’ve burned through a few DVDs now, and none of them work. Here’s the options that I can check off:

  1. DVD high compatibility
  2. Finalize Disc
  3. Mode 2XA instead of Mode 1
  4. Verify data after burning
  5. Shutdown computer after completion

Speed: 8x (or I can set it to less)

Okay, so option 4 and 5 doesn’t matter but what about the others?

Here’s what I do with bios: I set boot priority to only boot from internal optical disk.

When I do that, my computer complains that “Can’t find Operating System.” My point by changing the boot priority is to make sure that I set my BIOS correctly and that my BIOS can boot from an optical disk, and it can.

So, here’s some other things I can do:

  1. Burn Iso CD image on to a physical CD platter.
  2. Continue playing around with DVD burn options.

Anyways, any other suggestions? This has been time consuming and expensive. I’d like to cut down on resources.


  • ToyYoda,

when you look at the content of the freshly burnt DVD in Windows, what do you see?

] nothing
] a file structure
] a single ISO file


I guess this is the corect one: 1. Burn Iso CD image on to a physical CD platter.

Then use buckesfeld’s test to see the difference. It should b a file structure, not an iso file.

Are you sure your vaio can handle burning iso DVD’s cause with the options you’ve shown thus far it appears DVD burning is limited to data DVD’s for music and files.

You should have an option similar to your one for Burn Iso CD Image where CD is replaced with DVD. That’s the one that will work or has the best chance of working.

Correct techwiz03. It says about burning ISO CDs, not DVDs. I know nothing about Windows and its applications, but you should check if your tool can do this before burning more DVDs to scrap.

Hello. I see a file structure. Here are some of the dirs:


Here are some of the files:


Anyays, The burner is a dvd burner, it’s a blue ray burner.

I guess I will try burning cd image onto a cd platter. I have to wait for the store to open. I ran out of dvd’s. :frowning:

I think I am sure it can handle burning dvds. I can see a file structue after I burn the iso image. Is that a good enough test?

Anyways, when I run CDBurnerXP, it has the options:

] Data Disc – Allows you to create ISO images, burn usual data discs, MP3-CDs and video discs.
] Audio disc – Allows you to create usual aduio discs, with or without gaps between the tracks.
] Burn ISO image – Allows you to burn ISO files to disc.
] Copy disc – Allows you to copy audio and data discs.
] Erase disc – Allows you to remove all contents from a rewritable medium.

Every time I choose Burn ISO image. Then after that I am presented with the options I listed before. Here’s the list again:

] DVD high compatibility
] Mode 2XA instead of Mode 1
] Finalize disc
] Verify data after burning
] Shutdown computer after completion

Perhaps my hardware can only boot from a CD and not a DVD?

thanks for the help.

Impossible. Your optical devices can boot from any supported media as long as it contains boot code.
Do you have a windows boot CD ? Does that one boot ?

If not, then your boot order is not set correctly in the bios.

Ok, so burning to disc appears to be ok, can you auto-launch the DVD from with-in windows? or does this present you the classic “you cannot execute this disc”

Hello, I double click the autorun.inf file and I can see it’s contents:

label = openSUSE 11.1
icon = susego.ico
open = openSUSE11_1_LOCAL.exe

I tried looking for the exe above, and I can’t find it. Would you know where to look for it? I tried using Windows explorer find and did not find it.

Anyways, I will go to the store grab (another) pack of DVDs and a pack of CDs. I’d like the option to try gnome and kde in one installation. Is that possible? Can I install one and package add the other? It’s been like 10 years since I played with SuSE Linux.

You should see a boot, a ducu, a dosutil, and a suse folder plus several files when you open the DVD. Amongst these files will be an openSUSE-1-1…exe file but the name may not show completely until you click on it or hover above it.

A bootable DVD will have a boot record at the begining, it certainly doesn’t look like it completely recorded correctly.

It is possible that the iso image file you downloaded was corrupted during download. I would check the md5 chksum to be sure it was downloaded completely.

Yes you can install gnome and then go back and install kde or visa versa. If you want to have active session switching, make sure NOT to activate “Automatic Login” or you will not get the chance to choose your desktop. At Login, you select which user and then choose the desktop at the bottom screen line and then enter the password and go! You can set the starting/default desktop in Yast->System->etc/config->desktop->DESKTOP and in your case use gdm to make gnome the default or kdm for KDE.

If your experience goes like mine did, kde4.1.0 was a disaster with stability, so I would install gnome during install and then
install kde4.3.0 which is far more stable b ut were getting ahead of ourselves.

First try checking that the iso image download right, alternately re-download the iso image and check it then try burning a new DVD.:\

Thanks for the help. I will try the checksum.

Is md5 chksum a standard windows program?

If not, can you recommend a good one to download? Normally, I would just search for one, but last time I downloaded a MS Windows utility, it was a virus.

You might this one,
MD5 Checksum Verifier - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

Nothing apart of the base op system is standard in Windows. Everything that does any real work or provides real results comes with the OS.

Hope this solves your problems so you can enjoy openSUSE

Hey guys thanks for all the help. Sorry for the late feedback, been busy.

Anyways, I figured out the problem, and it was a real bone head mistake on my part. Basically, I burned the wrong dvd image.

How’s that possible? Well, on the download page, I select 64 bit architectture, and DVD, and download method standard. Then I select “Extra Languages”, figuring that’s the version I need for international language support.

Later, I go back and switch from 64bit architect to 32 bit architect on the same page, and then I notice that the “Extra Languages” link is just an optional add on. The text that says optional disappears in the configuration that I select. This is somewhat confusing.

Any “extras” should be in a different section, not to confuse the main boot image selection. NOt that I’m making any excuses for my mistake, I just think it would clarify things further in the future.

Anyways, thanks for all the help.

Nicw you found it.

The Language Extra is only needed when you need language support during installation. When you are as good in english as you are, you do not need it, because you will understand the installation process. After installation you can add a lot of languages (just like a lot of other software) from the repositories on the network at you will.