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I've burnt an iso image of ubuntu into a cd to use it as a livecd and it was a success and worked well, whatever I did was without any awareness on how to write/use a livecd. I recently burnt an iso image of Parted magic on to a cd to use it as a livecd with the success of Ubuntu. This time the livecd isn't booted/read. What is the actual process to write/use a livecd??

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You have to make the disk bootable. How you do this is well documented. –  Ramhound Aug 26 '13 at 16:50
Also, Be sure your BIOS has CD Drive in boot list –  Andrea Gottardi Aug 26 '13 at 16:52

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