When the computer starts with the CD inserted, you should see the following screen:
The word boot: appears at the bottom of the screen. If you never see this screen -- not even the word boot: -- you need to learn how to start the computer from CD.
Take action at this stage if you need a boot option. Otherwise, sit back and relax while the CD investigates your computer hardware.
The software necessary to run most computers is contained on the CD.
Usually, all your hardware will be properly detected, and the computer will start up smoothly, if somewhat more slowly than it would when starting from hard disk.
With some combinations of computer hardware, the start-up process may fail. The symptom of this failure is that the text stream stops completely. Pay attention to the text written to the screen just before the start-up process dies! You can almost certainly use this information to solve your problem.
The final stage of start-up is the appearance of the graphical user interface (GUI). Usually this is unproblematic.
You may experience problems with the appearance of the Graphical User Interface if you are using an older graphics card or screen, one that does not support the default resolution (1024x768).