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Boot Up and Begin

Before we start the install, we need to know if the computer will start up (boot) using the CD drive instead of the hard drive.  If your computer is running, put the debWine CD (or whatever CD you are going to use) into the CD drive and restart �Windoz�.  If �Windoz� starts up again, we need to change that. 
  deb01.jpg Newer computers will give you the choice to press a key if you want to boot to the CD.  Some even offer you a menu to choose the drive you want to boot from.  If you see the Debian install screen, then you are ready to go. 
The BIOS is the heart of any computer and controls how the computer starts.  To access the BIOS, you need to restart the computer, or if the computer is turned off, just turn it on. When the computer first starts up, you will see a black screen with white letters and numbers like the examples on the left.You will have a brief time to interrupt the process and open the BIOS. 
  boot1.jpg To do so you will need to watch the three green lights just above the number pad on the right side of your keyboard.  When you hear a beep and all three lights blink you will need to press a key on the keyboard. Computer makers use different keys. 
  boot3.jpg The most common is the "Delete" key.  Intel and Dell computers seem to like the "F2" key.  After you hear the beep and see the lights blink, somewhere on the screen will be the instructions telling you what key to press.
  boot2.jpg You should see something like:  "Press Del to enter Setup", or "press F2 to enter setup or F1 to continue."  You can also press the "Pause Break" key and freeze the screen until you find the right key or press "Enter" to continue.
  boot4.jpg Don't worry if you miss it the first time, just restart the computer and try again. Every model of computer has a different BIOS and just looks different.  If your computer came with a manual, or if you can get one from the Internet, there should be a section on BIOS settings with pictures. 
We are looking for options under the 'Boot' menu, specifically where the BIOS tells the computer to look for the Operating System so it can boot up and load software. You will need to use the tab, enter, and arrow keys to move around and make the changes.  Sorry, no mouse here.  BIOS lists the different drives in order and we can change the order to suit ourselves.
  boot5.jpg Normally, you would want to have the hard drive first because that prevents a thief from starting your computer with a floppy disk or CD and copying your valuable information.  So when we are done, you should go back and put the hard drive first in order. 
What we are looking for will be under the 'Boot' menu. You want to find a list of your drives and a way to move them up and down so you can make the CD first on the list.  Don't worry about messing something up because you will always be given the option to exit the BIOS without saving.  Even if something does go wrong, there is a way to reset the BIOS to its default settings and start over.
  boot6.jpg Now with the CD drive at the top of the order, restart the computer.  If you are in the BIOS, you can use the F10 key or the "Exit Menu" so that when you leave the BIOS, the computer restarts automatically.  See if the computer will boot to the install software on the CD.  If it does then we are off and running. 

If it still will not boot to the CD drive don't be discouraged.  There is a simple way to fix that, but I will not explain it here.   If you cannot boot to the CD, you cannot proceed with the Linux installation.You will have to postpone your project to another day.

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