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DVD support

If you're having a problem with your Linux Format DVD, or you suspect that it might be defective, please read this page...


Defective discs

If it looks like you have a defective DVD, follow these steps to make sure:

1. Check the disc surface for marks or scratches
2. Try the disc on another machine, to see if it's a problem with your drive
3. Try both booting the disc and accessing its contents through your file manager

If nothing works, please contact with the issue number, the problem and your address, and we will send out a replacement.


Disc questions

Here's a list of the most common questions you may have about the LXF DVD...

Q. How do I boot the disc?
A. You may need to change your BIOS settings to boot from the DVD rather than the hard drive. See the "BIOS is not set to boot from CD or DVD drive" section on this page for more information.

Q. How do I install software?
A. Software is usually supplied as source code, with binary packages for various distros supplied where available. Open index.html on the DVD and navigate to the 'Help/New to Linux' section for a guide to installing software.

Technical support: Please note that the editorial team is busy making the magazine, so unfortunately we can't answer general questions about software and Linux! We'd love to natter about Linux all day, but then there wouldn't be a magazine or disc...

So if you have a question about Linux, please ask on our forums at Make sure that you mention the distro you're using, your PC specification if necessary, and any error messages you've received -- then a friendly forum regular will be able to help you out.

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