I'm a new member - I'll be attending the University of Waterloo in the fall.
My quick question is if anyone has ever had trouble getting CD images that you download [for various distros from Ubuntu to FreeBSD] to work properly? Personally, I've only ever had trouble on odd hardware, and I've always been able to get Fedora Core 3/4 to boot up just fine.
My father on the other hand, who wants to get away from MS Windows, has had some very bad luck and is getting very, very frustrated. It started with the DVD for OpenSuSe 10.0 that he got out of a Linux Format mag. The DVD boots, but then suddenly says that it cannot find a DVD in the drive. Then we tried the CD images available on the DVD - and they would freeze midway into the install process. Next, he retrieved the CDs from the Novell website, checked the MD5 sums, and still the same problem. My dad then thought that maybe Solaris 10 would work better - and while it installed without problems, it kept asking for the "Lang" disc that we had downloaded but that it wouldn't recognize. The he got the latest FreeBSD 6.1 release, and those CDs weren't able to read their own data from "acd0".
Mind you, he has been trying to to install all of this on HP dual Xeon 2GHz workstations, but I could still duplicate most of the problems using VMWare in Windows XP on my Athlon 64 3800+ X2 machine.
So my question is simply if anyone else has had frequent troubles with getting CDs that you download from the net to work correctly? As a budding Linux novice myself, my experience is limited, and with far less bad luck - so I would love to help my dad to "release himself from the evil clutches of the Redmond Giant".
We tried doing an installation over the internet [by using a boot cd, and the typing in a web address for HTTP or FTP download site] - but I've always found the documentation for doing this kind of install to be lacking, and thus we were unable to succeed.
Thank you for your replies!