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Re: can't install linux
Probably should check in the BIOS and see if the HD is detected.
If not, you should check cables and connections (a bad cable will do it every time) power to the HD (can you feel/hear it start up?) Last resort to flash the BIOS. Try a different HD first and see if it is detected.
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You even can connect a floppy disk drive to this 15 year old mother board.
You will need to setup the system complete, with an old Windows or unix (linux) system. But you must be sure there is a harddrive connected and you should have the OS installer on a floppy disk.
If there is no Hard disk in the system at all, don't even try to install anything, because it won't work.
Be aware even when you manage to install something, most modern software and most hardware won't work with this system.
If it worked before, and it suddenly became like this, most likely the hard disk died. Will be difficult to find one that will work in this system. Try it on eBay.
If you installed Linux successfully on your hard disk then the hard disk is OK. If you are installing Windows Xp and it does not detect the hard disk but the BIOS detects the hard disk then - The problem is that XPinstallation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on adisk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then,XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP.The FIX.Go into the BIOS anddisable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is aIDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows hasbeen installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver),then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.
Please remember to backup your drivers from the original driver CD onto your hard disk/Cd/Pen Drive , or specially a separate partition on your hard disk so that you can install them later, in case of any crash.
For now you can download the drivers from this link :- http://bit.ly/mUHx0w
Can you temporarily attach the "new" disk-drive as a "slave" disk-drive in some other computer?
Then, write some files onto the disk-drive, restart the computer, and see if the files are corrupted.
If they are, then the disk-drive is defective, and can easily be replaced, under warranty,
either from where you bought it, or directly from the manufacturer.
If the files are OK, then it's your motherboard that is the problem.
It seems that the recovery disk u are using may be defective.Try to load os with another os cd.If every thing goes fine replace the recovery cd,otherwise it may be a defective motherboard.consult thinkpad service.