Black screen and blinking underscore before loading OS
I have some old computers that I'm trying to upgrade. So I took a known good hard drive loaded with Windows XP Pro and plugged it in to the computer I'm trying to upgrade. I just wanted to make sure all the parts are working. The computer goes through all the POST test, beeps and then goes to this black screen with blinking underscore. I know it's not the OS or the hard drive because it works on another computer. I have all the minimum requirements to run Windows XP Pro. There is no problem with the memory. So I'm at a loss as to what is the problem. Please help me!
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How did you install Ubuntu? Using a Live CD I presume. If you were able to boot from the CD-Rom and run the Linux installation either as a demo or a physical installation then the CD-Rom drive is working. It should be able to boot from a Windows recovery CD and run the Windows installation program. There is no problem with the drivers because Ubuntu has its own drivers. Maybe the firmware of the Drive, but I doubt it. Since your hard drive is brand new (scrubbed) you have nothing to lose by physically installing Ubuntu and playing with it to verify the hardware and possibly to update the firmware of the CD-Rom drive. When choosing the Ubuntu distribution do not use one with a version number higher than 12.04 LTS. I could not install version 12.10 on an old tablet PC for some hardware reason: The Ubuntu part was not working but KDE was fine. When installing Ubuntu install grub on the C: drive. It will be wiped anyway when you reinstall Windows. Good Luck.
Are you trying to set up a raid configuration? If not I would reformat using the 98 disk and reinstall. (You may be able to skip installing 98, try installing xp first and it should ask for the disk containing the software (win98) that qualifies for the upgrade.