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Every time I try and download Linux, it just pulls up a CD burner program. I’ve tried 3 different machines, and they all do the same thing.

After the 20 minute download, the Linux icon comes up on my desktop, I click it, and the CD burner program opens. So I tried burning it onto a DVD. After it burns I restart CPU, and boot from CD drive. It says it failed, so I restart normally, open up the CD, double-click the contents, and it just opens the CD burner program again. I've been trying this for almost a week now on 3 different machines, and I cannot for the life of me figure it out.

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Have you checked the integrity of the downloaded files and CD/DVD states? Take a look at this post –  Lucio May 5 at 16:09
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Sounds like you just wrote the iso file to the cd, instead of "burning image" which is a different operation. Check options in the burner. –  ubfan1 May 5 at 16:15
    
it says "image file" –  user278261 May 5 at 16:20
    
@user278261 What operating system and CD burning programs are you attempting to use to burn the ISO to CD/DVD? –  Elder Geek May 5 at 16:24
    
win xp dual core 3ghz, 2gb. was a windows vista buisness editon new. then previous owner put xp pro on it. cd burner program is roxio. thats what pulls up when i try and open linux –  user278261 May 5 at 16:33

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now a days, no need to burn dvd's, you just need to have a pendrive with capacity greater than size of image file. 2gb will be sufficient.

Be sure to backup all data.

Visit http://pendrivelinux.com/ and download UNIVERSAL USB Installer, select Ubuntu, select your pendrive letter(D:, E:, In your case it may be differen) very carefully.

wait an done.......

Now boot from USB. Normally F12 on Laptops. F9 on HP/COMPAQ Laptop.

F2/F8 for BIOS Setup on Desktops.

Change your Boot device priority in BIOS- (Boot) settings. Set boot from USB HDD/FDD as first boot device.

BIOS setup key may vary by model/Manufacturer. Carefully watch KEY OPTIONS when Motherboard/Manufacturer logo flash up.

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