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(C) 2004 Matt Taggart (wrote the first cut)
(C) 2004 Grant Grundler (added many details, URLs)
Distributed under the Creative Commons License

Getting and Verifying the ISO

  1. Download the ISO and it's corresponding md5sum file
  2. unzip the image if it has a ".gz" suffix. Windows users will have to locate a gzip.exe.
  3. First test: gzip -tv file.iso.gz. If it comes up with anything other than 'OK', download the ISO again.
  4. gzip -d file.iso.gz to unpack the ISO image.
  5. Second test: md5sum file.iso
    Windows users can find the md5sum program on any Debian FTP mirror site in the "tools" directory. MD5summer is an alternative free software utility.
  6. Confirm the original md5sum and the md5sum output from above match. If not, your local copy is corrupt and you need to download again.
Also note one might have to switch the md5sum/gzip steps depending on which file the original md5sum was calculated on.

Burn the ISO to media

Linux/Unix systems

Lots of programs are available to burn CD-ROMs. The "standard" one is cdrecord. This excellent CD-Writing HOWTO explains how to use cdrecord on linux in great detail. Key part is "3.1 Writing CD-ROMs (pure data)".

For DVDs use growisofs. Help with growisofs is available and NOTE THE EMAIL ARCHIVE/ADDRESS for debian users!

MS Windows Systems

You should be able to use any CD/DVD burning software. The only requirement is the software *must* write the ISO to media exactly as is. If it's an option, it will be called "raw mode" or something similar. We think some MS Windows CD burning software tries to be clever and modify the ISO image before burning it. These modifications corrupt the burned media and will cause problems with booting or the install.

Jaime Ash and Jeffo have both reported Easy CD Creator Just Works.
jacobsbd reported Nero works too.

Last revised: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 21:12:00 -0700