Why does my computer restart when loading Ubuntu Linux live CD?

I keep trying to start Ubuntu Linux in live CD mode, but it isn’t working. Right after the window that says “Loading Linux Kernel” the computer restarts. I am using a new computer that I just built. My specs are:

AMD Athlon 64 3800+ 2.4 GHz
160 GB Seagate HD (Partitioned into 2 80GB segments. I was planning on installing Linux on one of the partitions)
2 GB RAM
64 Mb S3 virge video card
48x CD-ROM

The video card and CD-ROM are old, and I used them for right now because they were just laying around anyway. I’m going to upgrade both of them as soon as I have enough money, but everything else is new, and i haven’t noticed any other problems with any of the components.

3 Responses to Why does my computer restart when loading Ubuntu Linux live CD?

  1. Usually a live cd means that you have to boot from the CD. Try putting in the CD right after you start up your computer.

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  2. I haven’t used Ubuntu but I can try to help. Sounds like the default kernel the cd is trying to load is not compatible with your pc. Sometimes the default kernel on those live cds is a 32 bit kernel, looks like you got a 64 bit cpu, also is your hard drive scsi or ati…? Sometimes the live cds have an option to choose a kernel before it loads or pass special parameters to it. For example a live cd am using call slax, right before the kernel boots i press F1 and a menu comes up with all the different parameters i can pass to the kernel, see if that cd has something like that, and see what parameters/ kernels apply to your cpu. If your not sure try going to their web site for help. Also if downloaded the cd as an iso image and burn it, sometimes those are downloaded with errors. I hope this helped!

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  3. put the disc into the cd rom and then switch off the pc and restart it and it should say press any key to boot from disc and press any key, you must have your bios set to boot from the cd rom first

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