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Odd problems I have a PC that for some odd reason won't load up it's normal Win XP at all, and now it's not even loading up Knoppix or Ubuntu from Live CDs. When I try to load up for Win it gets to where the login screen should happen and just stays blank, for Knoppix it's pretty much the same, and for Ubuntu it stops at Hardware Detection. Any ideas?

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  • KazYami Apr 21, 2008

    well i tried having another pc's hd as the master and setting my emachine's as the slave, but then it didn't recognize windows on the other HD, i tried putting it all onto the other pc, and swapping which one was slave and master, now im using the other pc with an old hd in it and the computer's are saying 'cannot find an operating system" for all the Hds and im really confused. also what battery? and what do you mean by POST?

  • KazYami Apr 22, 2008

    so after all this trouble it seems the problem may have been some bum RAM. i had put in some RAM from another PC and i was getting no better performance. so i removed the original RAM (which i had thought may be messed up because the system previously was running slow and Knoppix was loading up in a low RAM setting) and with the bad RAM removed with an older HD i seem to have no problems. im gonna try with the original HD and the good RAM to see it it really was the only problem

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williams May 11, 2010

    The only live cd that worked was a Puppy pro live cd

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williams May 11, 2010

    I had the same problem with an Acer laptop and it turned out to be my bios was corrupt. Hope it isn't that way for you.

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Try resetting the bios by removing the battery. Does the machine POST normaly? and have you tried a diffrent hard drive?

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  • Bill Scarberry Apr 21, 2008

    POST = Power On Self Test. A test the computer runs when it boots. The battery I am talking about is the bios battery, Have you tried to boot with the harddrives disconnected and booting from the livecd only? will give you more of an idea if it is the motherboard or not.


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