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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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1. Make sure that the monitor is connected to the ATI card and the motherboard VGA port.
2. On powering up, press [F2] to get into BIOS.
3. In the Intel BIOS, look for key to set to BIOS defaults. I think it is [F7] but corrrect key will be displayed.
4. [F10] to save and exit.
Now try reinstalling OS. You will need Win 7 with SP1 otherwise, go back to BIOS and change the SATA drive to IDE from AHCI.
If you are trying to install Windows XP 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.http://www.fixya.com/support/r4335035-installing_windows_xp_sata_hard_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.
If you have a SATA hard drive your windows disk needs SATA drivers on it. Download Driverspack from this site http://driverpacks.net/DriverPacks/ Mass storage one then copy windows CD to hard drive and use "Nlite" to install driverpack into it then burn windows to new CD and try again. This should solve your problem
DID you replace the hard drive as well??? or is it the original HD.
IN intersests of protecting thier own assets(anti piracy)---Microsoft stamps an encoded "Product ID" on the hard drive to which THEIR software(all you get is a "Right to USE) is installed..
Even if you have the original setup disks-- it most likely does NOT stamp this code(P ID) on ANY hardrive. WHY?? IT was all too easy (for example) for someone to use their 95/98/me setup disk and install it on any number of PCs-- regardless of brands. Hence the need to implement anti piracy protection.
However there ARE hard drive imaging programs that will COPY bit 4 bit your original hard drive data to a new hard drive --- including the encoded P ID. (some are legal--you may have VALID reasons for replacing your hard drive..Some are NOT.. --some people insist on piracy. and thus driving up the cost of ALREADY over priced inefficient software...
My sugestion--- try linux. Iv e been usuing it for 8 years and will NEVER return to MS linux is faster safer AND yes smarter then anything ever engineered by microsoft...
Linux comes in many "brand names"often called "distribution or distros" It is NOT owned by any single company-- the inventor licensed it under the General public licenses. or GPL. YOU and I have the rights and privelige to USE COPY Modify(make it BETTER) and even redistubite it.. Provided that we follow the same/similiar GPL.
Be forwarned ..because it is its own operating system You may not be able to use your favorite Microsoft programs and any LOVER of microsoft will strongly discourage you..
FYI using crossplatform software included I have installed my own legal copy of MS office 97--the last ms product i ever bought. I have also had luck installing some games and other software like quicken. But I only did this for the purpose of testing claims made by linux users. Personally I would much rather use any of the hundereds of office suites, financial programs, educational programs etc provided by linux. A thourough ditribution may span as many as 5 dvds (20gb) But most people are comfortable with a single or double cd installation.
Check out http://distrowatch.com/ for a list of popular distributions or check out my favorite: http://www.pclinuxos.com/
I will assume that you are referring to the "Mother Board Does not detect 160GB SATA Hard Disk" when installing Windows. You need to press F6 when asked if you want to install other driver and follow on screen instructions.
Good luck and post back how things are or should you need further information.