I can not find this issue through search, but hopefully it is common enough to have an easy and quick answer.
Using UBCD411, Dell 8200, Windows XP Home SP3
PROBLEM: UBCD initializes, gets the message "ISOLinux 3.35 2007-01-08 Copyright (C)1994-2007 H. Peter Anvin". At which point it just sits there, for hours if I let it, without moving. There is NO activity on the cd-rom drive. No blinking lights, no further attempts to read disk, and after a minute or so it spins-down to a stop, exactly like it isn't doing anything (which it's not).
The ISO was in a self-extracting exe that extracted fine, so the ISO is fine. I have burned it at least three different times to both CDRW and CD-R, never higher than 4x burn using two different burning apps. The burned CD copies back to hdd without pausing or CRC, so contents appear to have burned-in w/o error and the disk reads clean. I have tried two different CDRom drives (one CD the other DVD/Combo), both jumpered to Master. The only other thing connected to the computer is the HDD I'm trying to work on. I have NEVER had a hard time booting a Linux Live-CD before, and the other Live-CD, boot-CDs and various Linux/Windows installation CDs I have all boot fine. This is not a media error, nor a drive error. It may be a BIOS error but I get past bios fine, it just hangs loading the disks OS so I don't think it is a bios error either.
The ONLY thing suspect, that I can think of, is the fact that CD drive and HDD are connected to the Secondary IDE channel on the Mainboard (Primary is blown out), but this does not stall-out any other bootable disks so I can't see how that would affect this one.
ANY help is appreciated, even if it is just detailed instructions on how to create a bootable CD w/o using UBCD using Freeware apps. None of the burning programs on my compy have a "make disk bootable" option, though they will all burn ISO. I know there has to be a way to make an ISO that will automatically bootable once burned, I just don't know how to do it. I only need one damn program off this disk, and would be happy to make my own bootable CD if I knew how.
Thanks for the help.