What is BootMed?
The BootMed Live CD is an Ubuntu Remix for those new to Linux. It’s main goal is to help the average Windows user to recover a computer that will not boot. Besides troubleshooting boot problems, there are many other things that BootMed can guide you through.
The first thing you need to know about BootMed is that it is a live cd. A live cd is basically a boot disk on a cd. You put BootMed cd in your computer, turn it on, and the computer will load an operating system from the cd. The operating system on the cd is completely independent of your hard drive, meaning that it will boot up even if Windows cannot.
To begin using BootMed, just follow the instructions below.
First you will need to download and burn a BootMed cd or dvd, or create a bootable USB flash drive. To do so you must first download the BootMed cd image. There are two kinds of BootMed cd images, one for x86 or 32-bit computers and another image for x64 or 64-bit computers.
If you are not sure if your computer is 32 or 64 bit, I suggest that you download the x86/32-bit BootMed cd image. If computer boots to and stays at a blank screen for 5 minutes or more, try the 64-bit image. Do not worry, using the wrong cd image will cause no harm to your computer.
How would you like to download BootMed?
Once you download the cd image, you will need to burn it to a cd or dvd. If you are not sure how to do this, follow this tutorial.
You will need to plug your computer into a wired connection to be able to easily access the tutorials. If you are unable to do so, make sure to have another computer handy to access the tutorials, or you can try to setup a wireless connection on your own.
Insert the cd into the computer you wish to boot and turn the it on. Your computer should boot up to Firefox and the tutorials.
If your computer booted to a blank screen, it may be that you downloaded the wrong image. Try downloading the other (either 32 or 64 bit) image.
Does your computer continue to try and boot from the hard drive, ignoring the CD-ROM? If so you will need to change BIOS settings to tell your computer to check for a live cd before it boots from the hard drive. How you change your bios settings can vary from manufacturer, so check out this how to:http://www.hiren.info/pages/bios-boot-cdrom.Tags: BootMed, download, Free, linux, live cd, recover, recovery, software, ubuntu, windows