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I took out the HDD and tried it in my main PC and it showed up in BIOS, but when I went to disk management, I couldn't format it. When I right clicked it, the only option was "Help".
Think it's a dead drive?
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Could be the drive, but since it's being detected in BIOS and Windows it could be something else. I always have problems with Hardy and many older (and sometimes newer) disk controllers on different boards; I guess the kernel is just finicky like that. I could not install Hardy on an old nforce2 based PC because of that (it had problems reading the drives). What I ended up doing was installing Feisty and then upgrade to Hardy from there; this allowed me to keep the Feisty kernel which happened to be able to correctly read my drives. You could try that first and see if it works.
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post #13 of 23
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Well, I can't get the drive to work at all in my main computer. It shows up, but there's no way to format it and use it. I even looked at the manual that it came with and followed every step, but nothing. So I'm going to exchange it tomorrow. If that doesn't work then I guess it's back to the drawing board..
I really wish I had a copy of Vista so I could see if it was a hardware problem or if maybe Ubuntu just doesn't like me.
It sucks that stores don't sell OEM disks. Otherwise I would just get it tomorrow. Retail is SO expensive.
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post #14 of 23
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Ughh.
Okay guys. I got a new HDD this morning and tried it, same results.
So I got curious and tried a SATA optical drive instead of the IDE one and guess what? The SATA optical drive doesn't work.
Well, they both (the HDD and optical drive) show up in BIOS, but once I get into the Ubuntu installer, it says something about a failure with the optical drive.

But now I'm wondering if this is an Ubuntu problem or if there's something wrong with my mobo..
but that doesn't make sense that the mobo would see both things in BIOS.
I wish I had an IDE HDD to try.
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post #15 of 23
Update the motherboard BIOS. If it doesn't help, that means your sata controller is not supported by linux kernel.
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post #16 of 23
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You're right! I completely forgot about the fact that it may simply just not be supported.
The Biostar BIOS update section on their site isn't working right now, so I'm thinking I might just get a Vista 30 day trial.
Thanks so much for the help.
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post #17 of 23
If you do decide to update BIOS, be prepared to jump some hoops.

http://www.linuxinsight.com/how-to-f...ppy-drive.html

I have never successfully been able to flash it that way, but luckily I had an old Win98 install disk that I used to set up a small partition (just so I could use DOS really). Some boards allow BIOS flashing from non-DOS environments, like ASUS (that's about the only good thing about that brand).
Anyway, did you try using the Feisty LiveCD? If indeed it's the Hardy kernel that's not recognizing your disk controller and/or drives, there is a chance the Feisty kernel might. The new Linux kernels (2.6.24 and up to be exact) are very picky with stuff like SATA/IDE controllers. Only reason I was able to use Hardy on my main rig is because the kernel dudes were kind enough to make me a patch.
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Earlier I put in my Vista disk just to see if my HDD showed up in the Vista partitioner and sure enough, it did. The BIOS update still isn't working, so I'll be trying Feisty tonight
Thanks a ton for the help.
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What's weird is that when the kernel has problems with hardware, it tells you right away, and if it's something like drives, it normally does not let you finish the boot up process. Still, the most probable answer is your disk controller not being properly initialized by the kernel.
According to the kernel devs., while the recent kernels do in fact support nearly every single piece of hardware under the sun, the firmwares on some (like BIOS on some mobos) have "bugs" that can cause failure like yours. At least that is what they told me happened with my SB600. Weird that older kernels sometimes have better compatability. Go figure.
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If you can find a "gutsy gibbon" ISO somewhere then I would try that instead of fiesty. Fiesty seemed to be kinda buggy to me but gutsy was a dream. Thats just my personal opinion though.
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