How to Boot from a CD
MAC OS X Instructions
To boot from a CD while using MAC OS X insert the CD into the CD drive. Then shutdown the system. while re-booting the system, hold down the 'C' key. The MAC will boot from the CD.
Because windows runs on so many different platforms, instructions are slightly different for various models. Boot from CD may be enabled by default. Check by inserting the CD and restarting the computer. If the CD is booted, no further action is necessary.
If the CD does not boot automatically, you will need to take the following steps. While the computer is booting, enter 'setup' mode. On most computers, this is accomplished by pressing F12, while the computer boots. This key is different for all computers, and may range from F2 to F12. Once you enter setup, select the boot sequence option. Move, 'From CD', to the top of the boot sequence list. This will cause the computer to look at the CD drive first for boot information instead of the hard drive. Don't worry, this won't mess up your hard drive. If no CD is inserted in the drive, the system will boot normally.
Specific instructions for booting from a CD should be available from your computer provider, i.e. Dell, Toshiba, HP, Gateway, etc. Please visit their website for that information. If at any time you do not feel comfortable taking these actions, contact us and we will be happy to do them for you.
Forums, Guides and Wikipedias
- Ubuntu Install Guide (Great for beginners)
- Distro Chooser
- Ubuntu Wiki
- Fedora User Documentation
- Fedora User Forums
Books at VCU Cabell Library
There are literally thousands of computer books in the Cabell Library at VCU. They can be found online, or you can just go there and browse through them. There are hundreds of books on operating systems and the like. You can find them on the 4th floor in the QA 76.73 section; this is one whole isle! There are a lot of O'Rielly books there also for those who like that publisher.
E-Books @ VCU Library
All VCU students are able to access many good books from the VCU Library system. In particular, NetLibrary has many good resources. There are quite a few O'Rielly books available on NetLibrary.