Thanks for the welcome and the response GreyGhost and Z98!
If helping with documentation and testing is a way to contribute, I'll try to make an effort. I really understand that it's in alpha stage, but thats the most exciting part of it!
My interest in ReactOS is for helping youth-organisations with less economic resources getting still functional older hardware combined with free OS:s and tools for making their own news pamplets, webpages, member databases and so on, in a completely legal way, without illegal copies of famous word processors and like wise. So far I've looked into Ubuntu and the flavours of it but i wanted to try ReactOS as well mainly becase the Windows environment is rather well known and there are a lot of simple to use and good freeware developed for Windows.
Concerning my problem and the "reboot", well I tried my CD on another computer and of course it worked
. So it must be the hardware on the first computer tested. It's a VIA EPIA Mini-ITX C3 800 MHz board, 256 MB memory, 8 GB harddisk (empty) formated as FAT32, and a TEAC CD-reader. AWARD Modular BIOS v6.00PG
The reboot executes right after I press a key after the BIOS have said:
Boot from CD:
Press any key to boot from CD
Z98 please contact me if I can be of further help with hardware/bios settings.
GreyGhost, thanks for your effort in making an instruction at all. I know how hard it is writing a good instruction, believe me, I do it at work sometimes. Below I marked (in bold) the two parts in the instruction that confused me (slightly embarrasing at this point!):
"The most common problem while installing ReactOS seems to be that users forget to burn the cd as a bootable disc
. The .iso file must not be burnt directly like data files. It must be burned differently. Most CD burners will provide this feature. Nero is a very common burner but you are always free to use your favorite burner. You can always read the documentation to find out how to burn bootable CDs from .iso files for your burner.
If the ISO image already contain the required boot information then it shouldn't be necessary for the user to burn it as a bootable disc? And the last part about the instructions for bootable CD:s from .iso files, the help in DeepBurner (no offend) ended me up in downloading WinImage for making bootable iso images (wich actually didn't help me alot). At this point I almost gave up thinking that this installation shouldn't require this much, and so I started to read the forum and finally I couldn't resist asking myself, wich evidently have helped me up to this point!
But complaining without a suggestion on how to make things better is just anoying, so my suggestion is that it should be clear that the ISO is complete, or as you say above in your reply:
the iso cd image has all the required stuff for booting etc
I'll send you an suggestion!
I'll be back! Hopefully with shorter messages than this one.