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I just bought a refurbished netvista pent4 2.4g. from computer geeks. it has no O.S. or drivers

The Computer is not recognizing the IDE Hard Drive, nor is it booting from the CD ROM because I am trying to install Ubuntu on it.
Any suggestions?

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Dear Transtripper,

It shows that your IDE option is not enabled in the BIOS. So, enable the IDE Controller in your motherboard.

Thanks,

Posted on Sep 26, 2008

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