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  1. I have the same problem, the lates version ov CDBurnerXP Pro. I tried reinserting the CD-R several times, then tried anotther and then a couple of CD-RWs. Absolutely, positively empty, and the first 2 I tried were brand-new disks from an unopened stack...I just cut the wrapper off. Just wanted to let you know this bug still exists in the most recent non-beta. [EDIT]You know, this is a strange bug...I just realized I didn't have this problem with CDBurnerXP Pro before. I'm not sure what version it was, because I didn't bother to replace it right away after re-doing some things months ago. I think I originally downloaded this program maybe 1-2 years ago.[/EDIT]
  2. Please keep your sarcasm to yourself! Excuse me, I know plenty about computers, and I did not have any malware except this file...I deleted it, all malware is gone. No way I can do an md5sum when the file is 99% complete! My computer completely froze because the file was infected...if you read my post, it took me 45 minutes to even be able to do anything about it! Nothing is "safe"...anyone can get cracked or infected...some are just more likely than others, and I think being on a network where a bunch of people have their firewall (and probably AV, too) off, downloading the same infected file at the same time, is not safe. All it takes is 1 smart cracker to figure a way around the security and upload an infected version of the iso (and sit on their butt lauging about it, probably while being a truant from school). People "invent" security, people can break it. 'nuff said. I'm not going to connect to a p2p protocol where probably half the people don't care because they don't pay for the software on their computer, anyway...they pirate it...all they do is stay home all day and play pirated video games and listen to pirated music. Why do you think they remove links to torrent sites from the torrent client forums? Was it my imagination, or did 1 such user berate another on the torrent client forums just in the last few days for having a job because the person couldn't spend all day every day figuring out why their download speed was so slow? "Easy" Linux? Yeah, right! Tell me another one! I had one of those "easy" linuxes...it was easy until you tried to untar a file, because none of the standard commands worked, there was no standard, popular shell like Bash, the OS manual did not tell you much more than how to find files, there were no man pages for the shells that were installed, ect. ect. For crying out loud, even Win-Doze is friendlier than that! No thank you! Knoppix, Slackware, stable systems with popular packages...that's "easy" Linux. Gentoo not so easy because it's package-management system is not dependable, unfortunately. Maybe I should give 2.6 a try, but I just don't have the time right now...and I don't see how Slackware is less flexible, quite frankly.
  3. I don't know why someone wouldn't just tell me a torrent wasn't a file. That would have been polite. Anyway, I found out BitTorrent is a file-sharing program, and I installed a client and downloaded a couple of files. I am sorry I did! Even though I'm not dumb enough to turn off my firewall to increase download speeds (some people do), I got a virus-infected Slackware ISO. This after spending 5 hours on each "download". I was even nice enough to "super-seed" the 1st ISO before downloading the 2nd one myself. My antivirus caught it, but it froze my computer for 45 minutes...That's how long it took me to close the client, close Taskmanager (which also stopped responding) and be able to access the Taskbar on the Desktop! The antivirus couldn't move it to the chest because of the file type, and I couldn't even delete or rename the file manually until after I closed everything else and was able to click on and close the antivirus alert window...until then, Windows kept telling me the file was in use for another program. Have a cable modem and hit the power button in the meantime. Luckily it couldn't execute on its own so nothing spread. I scanned all my parttitions and no viruses. I AM NEVER USING BITTORRENT AGAIN! What a bunch of scumbags! I lucked out and found a mirror that had ISOs for download via FTP, HTTP, etc (plus torrents)...mirrors with ISOs were not linked to the Slackware site, so I thought I had to use torrents. For any other interested persons, here is the link: http://slackware.mirrors.tds.net/pub/slackware/slackware-10.2-iso/ The crazy thing is, even this webmaster says that people use torrents "if you're smart". Why? BitTorrent downloads take anywhere from several hours or longer even if you adjust your settings (more than a day for people without cable)! For the record, my first BitTorrent download took "only" 4 hours, though the client said it would take 11. But still! Over HTTP Disk 1 takes slightly over 2 hours on cable. Why would anyone use BitTorrent? You'd think the only reason anyone would want to use it woudl be if no mirrors are available. DON'T USE BITTORRENT!
  4. Not even to mention, if you get it with a DVD drive you bought, it expires. What, do these idots think people just burn DVDs and CDs all day long, every day? Today I had the first chance to use it, I want to burn some ISOs and create a dual-boot, I only installed my DVD drive a couple months ago, went to burn a CD, Nero is "expired"! What the heck?
  5. I already downloaded the torrents. The download page was linked directly from the Slackware website. What to do now?
  6. Dual-Booting with Windows and Linux You can create a dual-boot system with both Linux and Windows, which may be a little intimidating for a newbie or someone not very computer-literate. Linux will make you computer-literate, Windows less so. Anyway, you can try various Linux "distributions" (versions) very easily, since most are free and many now have "Live CD" available. A "Live CD" can run the operating system straight from the CD without installing it, which is an awesome way to try Linux distros without making a commitment. You just boot from the CD (put the CD in, reboot your computer). Linux is open-source, meaning anyone can modify it...if they then distribute it to others (whether free or paid does not matter), they have to make the "source code" with their modifications available so others can do the same (the GPL liscence requires that derivitaves of open-source are also open-source). Linux Distributions Many software packages for Linux (and some for Windows and Mac) are open source. So it's very easy for a person or organization to customize the Linux "kernel" (core part of operating system that interfaces between user and hardware), and also install other open-source packages, and distribute it. So you can get various Linux "distros" with various desktops (the desktop is seperate, unlike Windows), web browsers, email clients, document editors, multi-media players, etc, etc. There are hundreds of Linux distributions. You can go to http://www.distrowatch.com to see the most popular Linux distributions at any given time and go to the distros' websites. Hardware Support and Operating Systems Just be aware...some people mistakenly think Linux doesn't have good hardware support while Windows does. That's bull. Linux works on a ton of platforms (computers with a typical set of hardware types), Windows only works on PCs! BUT when you buy a computer with the OS already installed, the computer manufacturer has written or hunted down any needed custom-written hardware drivers for hardware not supported by a "generic" driver. This is different from buying Windows (or any other OS) on a CD, where the "generic" drivers may or may not be sufficient. When you do an install from a retail CD, you need to investigate your hardware first and hunt down any drivers as needed. The great thing about "Live CDs", again, is you can test. So, if something doesn't work or work perfectly (or you can't access advanced hardware configuration features, if there are any), you research it and download the driver so you can compile it into the Linux kernel or load it as a module. Many times, additional drivers are included on the CD but not installed by default (so it doesn't "bloat" somebody's system with drivers for hardware they don't own). If that's the case, it's easy. For example, on this computer, a "clean install" of Windows XP Pro (from a school-provided CD) did not properly support my monitor, so the screensaver never turned on and the monitor didn't power down after a period of unused time after I specified in my settings. With Gentoo Linux, everything worked perfect (but I don't want to install Gentoo on this machine for other reasons). With Knoppix Linux, I couldn't even use the system because my monitor was overcome by black-and-green lines. On another computer, I couldn't run KDE (a desktop) until I installed the "i810" graphics driver (for Intel i810 chipset with onboard graphics; it doesn't have a seperate graphics card), so until then I could only work from the command line. My monitor did not work with the generic "VESA" driver, but Gentoo made it easy enough to use i810. This is why non-computer-literates get confused about hardware support. With a retail CD, people can have serious troubles with Windows just as they can with Linux...or minor bugs...or no problems at all. It depends what drivers you get on CD, and what's installed. Very rarely is a driver not actually available somewhere, and usually only for very new, unusual hardware, or really old hardware that isn't the best idea to support. Unlike Windows, Linux supports a pretty wide range of "legacy" (old) hardware, unless there's a good reason not to. Linux Support Most Linux distros have forums where users (which include people from newbies to IT gurus) support each other. A paid Linux version also includes formal tech support. Some Linux distros give you a choice of free or paid with formal tech support (cheaper than Windows, for real, and not per-phone call). For example Ubuntu Linux sells professional tech support for less than you would pay to buy Windows in the store. You also have the Ubuntu user forums to help you. Packages As mentioned before, various Linux distros will include various packages. You can choose what will actually get installed, I mean you can choose not to install anything except the most basic OS (with Windows you have little choice). Linux takes up less space than Windows, and some distos of Linux always make the default install fit on a Live CD or even a USB stick! Many other distros don't do this by default, but have seperate downloads for such things. You have your choice of web browser(s), email client(s), groupware app(s) (groupware allows members of an organization to communicate via shared calendars, email, chat, etc.), text editors, cd-players, educational software, database apps, graphics editors, web servers (to run a website from your computer), email servers (to run email services from your computer), firewalls, spam filters....and the list goes on, and on, and on. Many distros include some sort of package-management system, allowing you to download and install a huge assortment of packages from a central location (no need to hunt the Internet or stores for them).
  7. I'm trying to move to Slackware, and right now I have Windows XP Pro SP2. I actually have to keep Win-Doze, also for the time being because of my data and school, so this will be a dual-boot system for now (but I want to use Linux for everything except school). * No way do I want to use floppies. Slackware CD-images are available as torrents, and they don't have instructions on burning. * I notice that if you try to burn an ISO (via "Save as ISO"), and make it bootable, you need to use a "boot image" which is "DosBootimage.IMA"....Should I be using that even though I'm installing Linux??? But if you "burn from ISO", it expects the CD ISO image to have an ".iso" extension, but these have "torrent" extension. * If you try to "convert ISO image", it only takes 2 proprietary formats as input. What do I do? Just rename the files? Then just burn? I assume these ISO images are bootable the way they are, too. So,do I NOT have to worry about "make CD bootable" because of this? (Will it be bootable automatically, because these are supposedly bootable ISO files, or at least disk 1 is, which is the Linux installation disk).
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