Ubuntu :: Cannot Install WinXP - No Hard Disks Found
Jul 29, 2010
I have a laptop HP Pavilion, on which I installed Ubuntu 10.04. I erased the whole disk and used the option manually define the partitions.
Here is my partition table given by gparted:
Partition File system Mount point
unallocated 1 MB
/dev/sda1 vfat /windows
/dev/sda2 ext4 /
/dev/sda3 extended extended
/dev/sda4 ext4 /home
I installed Ubuntu and everything went fine. But now I want to install WinXP from an original Microsoft CD-rom and I get the follow error:
Unable to install windows, no hard disks found, contact your dealer (or something like that, it is translated from Dutch).
I tried everything, formatting my hard disk with gparted NTFS, formatting mkfs.vfat, with no luck.
the hard disc has two partitions, one is 156gb ntfs, currently with windows xp prof sp2, and I am trying to install linux to the second partition, also currently ntfs.I am not a total newbie (i used fedora 10 last semester and ubuntu the semester before that). I have tried installing ubuntu9.04, fedora 10, fedora 11, and opensuse11.1 to this computer, and every time the installation probes for hard disks it comes up with zip, unless I have my external disks connected. Otherwise "No hard disks were found for the installation. Please check your hardware!"with OK button.
I also tried with gparted to see if I could find the hard disk, and still had no luck. I googled my problem and found others with similar problem but no satisfactory solution.does anybody have any idea what could be wrong and how to fix it??
I've been trying to install Fedora 13 and have been running into an issue where the installer cannot find the single hard drive on the system.
I've been running Fedora 11 successfully since it came out, however, I've tried installing Fedora 12, Fedora 13 (i386 and x86_64), Red Hat 6 Beta, and all cannot see the disk.
Fdisk -l shows no devices
modinfo mptsas on the working (Fedora 11) install shows the following:
On Fedora 13 it shows a version of 3.04.13, not sure if that matters. Also, looking at the console messages I noticed some errors like:
WARNING - Issuing Reset from mpt_config!
Also, there is only ONE HD installed, and even though there's a raid controller in the system, raid is not configured. I've also tried every combination of raid setup in the bios setup and none have made a difference.
i have got a very strange boot problem. But first: I have openSUSE 11.4 with kde installed. I have the amd64 dual core cpu and 2 hard disks. I was able to boot from both of those disks (on the second disk I have openSUSE 11.2 in case something goes wrong with the first disk). Then I decided to install openSUSE 11.4 from DVD to a usb key (just like I would to a hard disk). I succeeded. I did not involve any partition of the hard disks in this install. But now I can not boot anymore from any of my both hard disks although bios finds them it did before. After bios I get the following message: Loading stage 1.5 error 21.
Error 21 means: Selected disk does not exist. This error is returned if the device part of a device- or full file name refers to a disk or BIOS device that is not present or not recognized by the BIOS in the system But I am still able to boot from usb key. I have even modified the menu.lst from the usb key to boot openSUSE 11.4 from the first hard disk. This works fine. I have also tried to install grub again on my first hard disk with grub.install.unsupported and with yast2. But installation stops with an error message like "hard disk not found by bios".
Trying to install SUSE on a perfectly working PC that was running Windows. Blew away all the partitions and formated the drives.When trying to install SUSE, Installer will not detect my two hard disks. Tried with version 10.x, 11.1 and 11.2, without success.My Mobo is a XFX GeForce 8209, and my SATA drives are both Seagates (1x120GB, 1x320GB). I've tried different SATA mode selection (i.e. SATA, AHCI, and RAID) without any success either.I've tried to look for SATA controller drivers for my Mobo, to try to load on Installer startup, but failed there too.
I have a brand new install of 11.3, with all the updates, on a cleaned system, following some hdd and cable problems.
So far three problems have surfaced:-
1. Dolphin doesn't see and hard disks other than the root hdd.They appear on the left side in the list, but cannot be accessed as suse seems to have chosen not to mount them.I need them because they have my backup data on them.
2. At each bootup, I have manually to reset the required screen resolution. I need to prevent it defaulting to the wrong resolution every time.
3. I cannot now see my Windows workgroup at all. This is in stark contrast to another distro I've tried which found it and set everything up automatically. The workgroup has one WinXP machine on cable via a router, plus one Win7 machine via router and wifi link. I guessit failed to sort out smb.conf or something?
I have two internal harddisk. Harddisk 1 has ubuntu, fedora installed and harddisk 2 has ubuntu installed. I normally connect either one, and use it. How can i always keep connect both harddisks, and at the start, select from which harddisk to boot? Or it's not possible?
I would like to test 12.1 M5 on my real hardware, so I have special for this purpose two additional partitions (sda2 (to install milestone) and sda3 (to store installation ISO files)). I am running my stable 11.4 with Grub on sda1.
I do not like to burn DVDs just for short test of one milestone, so I was used to download DVD ISO, to unpack it to sda3 partition with all its files, then I changed Grub to boot install Linux from sda3. Installation complains there is no DVD or CD, then I chose to force installation from hard disk and select sda3 partition and select root directory "/". As I was used to from 11.4 this will start installation as it would be started from DVD.
But I think the problem has appeared since 12.1, where I get message: No repository found. (on sda3 / ), so the installation does not start.
I know this is not official way to install openSuse, but it worked before, and it was fast and easy for me, to install from hard disk.
I'm having two hard disks in my pc. I can easily access both of them from my windows. But in case of ubuntu i can access only that hard disk on which ubuntu is installed. The other hard disk can not be accessed from ubuntu.
I thought that alignment of 4096-byte sector Advanced Format hard drives was automatically taken care of via Gparted or Disk Utility until I bought a Hitachi HTS547575A9E384 (Travelstar 5K750) and saw that Disk Utility showed my partitions to be out of alignment. I then realized that my WD, which I had bought a few months ago, probably had its jumper set to emulate a 512-byte sector legacy drive (512e) and is probably not set to the AF setting.
Straight to the problem.
I've searched many sites, some of which suggest using fdisk (others the proprietary software of the hard drive's manufacturer). It is essential that one change the arguments prior to changing the partition table as there is no way back (yet, as far as I know) without having to move data to another drive and starting all over:
I'm in the process of trying to install FC14 64 bit to my Window 7 64 bit system. This new system has a 6.0 Gb/s internal hard drive.When I reboot with the F14 install disk I have made it past the disk verification (is Verified) and then picking a language but then I get the message "No usable disks have been found". In Win 7, the Disk Management window shows that 184 GB of space are free. Is there some disk preparation that I should do to make this space available?
First and foremost, I really appreciate this newer release of Ubuntu 10.10. My boss wanted to use SLAX, but I had great experience with 8.10 and I have installed 10.10 on laptops and netbooks. on with the challenge for the day: I have configured a user's profile on 10.10 to startup Firefox in kiosk to go to our secure portal. The problem is I don't particularly care to REDO configure a user's profile session over and over.
So, if any of you whiz kids out there can come up with a better way to copy a user's profile...particularly the files that are used for Mozilla Firefox so that I can just copy and paste the files onto another hard drive with a fresh 10.10 that would be great.
The ONLY issue I have working with Linux is that I can not rapidly deploy my settings I have set for 'user' as I can with Windows. I am sure if there was a way to do this, deployment of Ubuntu 10.10 would go MUCH faster. As it stands, if I am able to pull this off...there will be a potential of removing Windows desktops. Which is fine for me because I can manage desktops a little easier on this platform than Windows.
This is what I have installed in Ubuntu: IcedTea (for Java plugin for Firefox) Profile Editor R-Kiosk
All those work great with Firefox, but getting those installed on a new system is a bit daunting.especially when some users suggest doing cloning when in reality...I plan to do the install via LiveCD and THEN hopefully create the user on the fly in Terminal and copy the user files needed off a flash drive into the home/user folder
I would like to install ubuntu on windows xp which has 6 partitioned hard disks. When I try to install ubuntu on hard disk F, it says i need to select a root. However, I could not succeed in selecting a `root`. I also tried wubi, but it was terminated with an abrupt error just before it was finished. Furthermore, what does boot directory mean?
I would like to mirror some of my partitions (i.e. /home) with a software RAID. My primary harddisk is a Western Digital WD20EARS with Advanced Factor (4kB Sectors). The secondary disk is a Samsung HD103UJ with old sector-style (512B). Is it possible to set up a RAID 1 containing a partition with advanced factor an a partition with old sector-style or do both partitions have do be in the same sctor-style?
I'm going to buy a new system, and I have 2 SATA hard disks from my old system. One is installed with a Linux OS, the other with Windows Vista.For the Linux hard disk, will I be able to simply use these 2 hard disks on the new system and boot up, retaining all my data? If not, how do I transfer the data from my old hard disks to my new hard disks? My old system is faulty (no signal to monitor), so I can't just copy everything directly using, say, a portable hard disk.
I'm using SUSE11.1, and connected to my system, a DELL 7500, a 1.5 TB Buffalo external HD. I partitioned it in 4 sectors.After connection, nmediatly the mounted disk would appear on the screen,(each partition with its respective name), and could use it as any other folder.To unmount the external Hard disk, I just ejected each partition, and had no problem. I used the same HD with my Mc, and things were all right, I used to backup automatically the Mc. However after having been using the system in this way for more than half a year, suddenly the hard disk began to rattle...and the SUSE system on the DELL, nor the Mc can mount the external hard disk any more. Thus, the partitions can not be mounted any more. When I cd to /media/ in the SUSE, the names of the partitions appear, but they seem to be empty..On the Mc, going to /Volumes/, before the problem appeared, the names of the partitions were there... but now, they are no more and the automatic back up either.So my question is, how to mount the disk, if it needs mounting... or how I can recover the partitions and the data therein... I am clueless, after two weeks trying to solve the problem..
In Fedora when we double click the Partitioned Local Hard Disks then we have to give the root password otherwise it will not open. Is there any way to read and execute the Partitioned Local Hard Disks without giving the Root Password.
I am booting Slackware 13.0 on an X86 from a (master) ATA hard drive. I have added a second (slave) hard drive that contains an installation of Slackware 13.1. This works in so far as I can boot 13.0 from the master drive, then mount the slave drive and read and write files to it. So the hardware is basically working.What I want to do is configure lilo so I can choose to boot either 13.0 or 13.1. So far I have not gotten this to work.
Under 13.0 the slave disk appears as /dev/hdb. The root-partion for 13.1 on the slave is the first primary partion on the slave, and appears as /dev/hdb1 when viewed under 13.0. What stanza should I add to lilo.conf to make the slave 13.1 bootable?
Alright, first I burned the image I download to a DVD, first DVD didn't work, but second one did, got to the installation process where it probes everything... and at the end it said "Repository Not Found"..So I copied the image to my external hard drive..And went to install from Hard drive...did the director of the image by just putting openSUSE-11.4-DVD... etc...because it already does hd:I had tried F: before, and it didnt work either..And yet again, I get "repository not found"....btw, THIS IS FROM CLEAN INSTALL< I HAD TO ERASE XP and the external is a NTFS hard drive with about 12 gb's free.
I have 3 hard disk drivesone regular and two sata: Ubuntu / is installed on sata /dev/sda6 Ubuntu /boot is installed on /dev/sda1econd sata hard disk /dev/sdb is emptyI have just reformatted it to ext3third hard disk is /dev/sdc with some fat and ext3 partitionsif I shutdown computer, then plug out one of sdb/sdc or both of themthen after BIOS I see grub menu (as usual)but if I hit any keyboard button the computer automatically rebootswithout any messagesI tried hitting c,e,enter - reboot I tried reinstalling grub like this:
I had a couple of IDE hard disks that had previously been set up as a RAID1 array.I wanted to re-format and use them as separate independent hard disks but Ubuntu reported that they were part of a RAID array.This is how I removed that RAID metadata from the drives.With both drives connected I booted up Ubuntu 10.10 Live CD.
I checked the device names via System, Administration, Disk Utility - they were listed as /dev/sda and /dev/sdbI also noted that there was an extra device with name of /dev/md-0 which was the RAID array.Then I rebooted the PC, and checked the device names via System, Administration, Disk Utility - no more /dev/md-0 and the two drives no longer showed as part of a RAID array.
I have a fully operational PXE boot server, the client boots up and begins the setup process however, fails to detect the hard disk, I have tried with ubuntu 8.10, 9.10 and 10.10 and none of them will see my hard disk, I boot to the cd and it sees the hard disks with no problem, so apparently the pxe boot server isnt serving up the neccesary drivers or something to detect my hard disks properly. They are just IDE drives and like I said, regular cd install detects my drives just fine.So if anyone here has any information that may help shed some light on this issue I would be so grateful
I have no hard drives in my computer, so I have been trying to boot Ubuntu 11.04 from an 8GB usb flash drive. Is this possible? So far the best result i have gotten is it will sit on the loading screen for a while then dump. I was only able to get the last little bit which reads mount. mounting /dev on /root/dev failed: no such file or directory. mounting /sys on /root/sys filed: no such file or directory. mounting /proc on /root/proc failed: no such file or dirctory. target file system doesn't have requested /sbin/init
I tried installing Red Hat linux on my Sata hard disk . As soon as the hardware detection phase starts it generates the error "No hardware detected".roblem? (I have also tested RHLE 5, CentOS 5.4, but none of them detect the hard disk and I can not install anyone).I have installed Windows 7 on one of my disks and I have not any problem with it.I also changed storage configuration in Bios as AHCI, IDE,
My Hardware config is as below: Mainboard: ASUS P6X58D premium, CPU: core i7 950, HDD: two 1 TB WD SATA3 Ram: 6 GB (3*2 GB cruciall[/U][/U][/B]
A few years ago I built a small Slackware system and, for storage, I used using a 2Gb Compact Flash card plugged into the primary IDE interface. Initially, I made a bootable CD rom, booted the new system from that, copied the file system to the CF card and then ran LILO to install a boot sector on the CF 'disk' /dev/hda. That all worked well enough.
The only trouble is that the CF card, being an early one, is rather slow and so I've just bought an Innodisk 2Gb Disk-on-Module which ought to be much faster. I have plugged that into the secondary IDE interface, I've run cfdisk to make a partition, formatted it using mkreiserfs and copied all of the contents of the CF card on /dev/hda to the new device on /dev/hdc. So far, so good. But...Now I need to run LILO from the existing CF card in /dev/hda to put a boot sector on the new /dev/hdc. Then I want to move the new device from /dev/hdc and put it in /dev/hda once it's bootable.
I'm stuck to know how to configure LILO to install a new boot sector on /dev/hdc. I don't appear to be able to make LILO understand what I'm trying to do. If I change the line 'boot = /dev/hda' in lilo.conf to 'boot = /dev/hdc', LILO aborts with an error message.
I have installed xp at the main hdd. It has 3 partitions. Then I installed Kubuntu 10.04 on the slave hdd. When I boot, it doesn't recognize kubuntu. When I searched at My PC in XP, didn't recognized the slave hdd. I switched the hdd (slave to master and viceversa) and it didn't go well either.
I am connecting a complete set of four hard disks externally to my linux server.I have certain queries on that
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i have docky and i set it up so when i put in a disk or plug in an external drive it registers on the dock. what i want to know is how to make it so when i plug something in or put a disk in it doesnt pop up on the desktop?
I'm not sure how to do this. I checked the hard drive preferences and looked through the forums... I don't want to manually mount my hard drives(s) every time I boot up just to access my music and wallpapers.