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How Do I Burn the Latest Ubuntu to CD?


Hi, Leo. I downloaded Ubuntu to use it as a live CD on a laptop that has no
hard drive. The version I downloaded was Ubuntu 12.10 desktop.i3.86.iso. When I
tried to burn it to a 700 MB, 80 minute CD using Nero 9, I get an error because
the ISO is too large. Why would Ubuntu make a live CD ISO so that it doesn’t
fit on a CD? I even tried uverburning, but that didn’t work. The ISO won’t let
me burn it into a DVD. How do I solve this problem? What alternatives do I have
to use the laptop?

In this excerpt from
Answercast #86
, I look at burning a DVD with the new Ubuntu Live DVD
release. CDs are not big enough.


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Burning Ubuntu to CD

Actually, this is the first version of Ubuntu where they explicitly made the
decision not to make a live CD. What they’re making is a live DVD.

That ISO file is in fact too large to burn to a CD. And if you take a look
at some of the announcements and documentation associated with this particular
release of Ubuntu, they’re actually pretty clear about that. I noticed that
when I downloaded it not that long ago.

Burn Ubuntu to DVD

So the answer (of course) is to burn that ISO instead of to a CD to a

Now, I don’t know what kind of error you’re getting – or why you say that
you can’t. As long as your burner is of capable of burning DVDs – and as long
as the software is, of course, capable of burning DVDs, you should be able to
burn that ISO to a DVD – just like you used to burn the old ISOs to a CD.

Now I don’t know much about Nero. I’ve not used it. Instead, I use ImgBurn, which I know does
this – and works well because I’ve done it.

There is an article on Burning an
. Literally, the only change you need to make to that article, is
instead of inserting a blank CD, insert a blank DVD.

And… like I said, that assumes that the burner you’re using is in
fact capable of burning DVDs.

(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)

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6 comments on “How Do I Burn the Latest Ubuntu to CD?”

  1. I did exactly that(on a re writable DVD, no more coasters). The DVD burned just fine, but It seems to just freeze after reboot with a little man at the bottom. I tried both the newest version and the Linux that has long term support. This happened years ago which is why I used re writable DVD’s. I will try the flash drive, later, using a iso to flash drive program. If I boot from hte Flash drive, I assume that any malware cannot write the the flash drive, too bad It has no machanical write prevention switch, like they used to years ago.
    I got mine at

  2. Just as an FYI — I have seen computers in the past, which had a drive capable of reading CDs and DVDs, but could only write to CDs. It’s been years since I’ve run across such a beast, but they do (did?) exist.

  3. The solution to the error in Nero could be as simple to fix as making sure that you have ” dvd ” selected in the burn to box where your choices are ” cd…dvd “

  4. I’ve gotten error messages from Nero that won’t allow burning an ISO to a DVD for some very odd reason I have not researched. I just used ImgBurn, and it burns fine!


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