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GL553VD - Can't boot from live CD

Level 7
Hey everybody,

I am trying to boot from a CD and my laptop just hangs while loading files. Is this normal?? I am trying to test out a live CD of Linux, so it isn't a pressing matter right now. But suppose I had an issue with my Windows install! What would I do, if I can't boot from CD/DVD?

As a follow-up question, could this be related to a hardware issue? I've had other hardware issues when playing certain games like Kholat. While playing Kholat on high graphical settings, my laptop crashed hard to a screen of horizontal colored lines. I haven't played the game since, so I'm not sure if it was a one-time incident or not.

If anybody here has had a similar experience, do share!