starting with the nelz, this is becoming an argument, which i can see - i apologize for not giving detail, however i didn't think about mentioning that extra detail, people forget. Aswell to the second paragraph, i would be wondering if the drive was still being checked, would it ask for a boot disc? I am trying not to argue, but it seems a bit odd for it to create a black screen and not go onto windows? Anyway i'll see what happens with a windows boot disc, if it works there is an answer...
As I noted in my last reply, you are making Freudian slips, no one is arguing here, Nelz is quite simply trying to obtain info from 'you' in order to provide the help you came to the forum looking for.
is there a right to be dictated by the school to what os we are using,
Of course there is, it's their computers. I must say I think it's poor form on their part, but I can find that in most of life, other people make decisions you have to abide by, it's called co-operation and education.
but still it cannot be illegal.
In short it probably is, granted 'you' may not find a moral ground upon which to state it is illegal, but again law's are not often accepted by those who may break them, this can be viewed as a sign of a progressive, come creative spirit but at the end of the day they are to be acknowledged.
I can understand in a buisness - they own their own computers, i wouln'd want my computer being messed off, but at school is different.
How so? The school own the computers just as though they were a business or a home PC. You say you wouldn't like someone messing with your PC so why is it okay to mess with anothers? I know from experience at Uni, anyone caught installing software on the network lost their right to use the network for a fixed period, if their actions risked compromising the network they were barred longterm. I grant that a network which is to serve thousands *literally* needs protection, but at the same time they have tech support to deal with matters as they arise, however not all schools can afford staff proportional to their total number of machines often the people responsible are doing it simply because they know "a bit about PC's". Accordingly I think the contrary to you it is more important that those with low support budgets are able to retain confidence in their network.
Anyway i cannot say more until i get any chance to get on the computers, as it has been a week really - so i'll give it another go, i'll try two copies and if it doesn't work i'll gather as much information to help you with.
Please do, Oh and please remember, Nelz is probably one of the more adept forum users, he is clear, concise and very knowledgeable, though it's worrying how much he knows about some of the farthest flung areas of linux!
Take care whomever you are
P.S. If you are going to be a regular might be advisable to register, just helps users keep track of where one another are regarding linux if we can each build an albeit limited but none the less important history of each others linux woes.
Why don't you try to educate your school on trying the alternative OS you so passionately want to use? I did just that last year I gave a range of Athlon XP boxes running various flavours of linux for my daughters school to road test linux on the desktop I also gave them a dual MP server to work with. The results were mixed, but a lot of pupils were given a glimpse of the Penguin so hopefully there will at least be a few more dual boots on their home machines *fingers crossed*. When the machines were returned after a year I then used them to set up a small network of what are fast machines for a local charity. I think the point I want to make here is that you have to meet people on a common ground, look into how you can educate and inform others. For some it's choice, others price.