Hardware :: BIOS Won't Recognize CD-DVD Drive / Make It Work Again?
Sep 11, 2010
My CD-DVD drive have suddenly stop working in my laptop and when I've checked the BIOS setup I've seen that the drive is no longer recognized by BIOS (there is no option for this drive so I can't enable it). I don't know what CD-DVD drive I have (since I can gather information about it because it's not recognized by my laptop) but I think it's a Matshita CD-DVD driver. I use Ubuntu 10.04. Do you know how to make it work again?
start getting Linux up and running. Like a lot of people, I chose an older computer I could fuss with, a 500mhz 256meg ram machine, and decided to install Puppy on a spare 40meg hard drive I have, as my bios does not boot from usb...I think...
Anyway, I have found that my bios does not recognize the hard drive when formatted to ext2! I have taken the drive and formatted it back to ntfs, and my bios recognizes it, and then back again to ext2, and nope, it's not there, thus I am still booting puppy from the cd...sigh...
Is my bios so out of date that I'm just out of luck? Is there anyway to check this?
I have created a live fedora11 usb using live usb creator, but when I restart the computer the bios does not recognize the live usb and system stop (not shut down) when I choose boot from usb drive option. BIOS: inside H20
Anyone here knows the OpenSuse install CD runthrough? I am using DELL pc's, and remember installing Linux as being a few almost basic steps on my self assembled clone pc's in my youth. Now, over ten years later I want to redo that and return to my old playground. I am using after over 12 years administering MS stuff again applications running on unix (solaris) at my work. Its like homecoming but in a difficult way, I am brainwashed and not really into unix anymore. So... lets install linux again at home. Returning to my favorite Suse distribution in the old days (who knows why).
I went through the installation (Opensuse11) simple, standard to start with, so mainly next (ACPI disabled). Rebooted... and the pc finds no recognized bootable HDD. OK, well, try again, other HDD to be sure, results in the same. Set manually the root partition as active. No go, I feel as a newbie again. What happened to me in those last years? Tried to do it also with a fedora distri - same outcome. When plugging these HDD in another recent (DELL) pc, it also does not recognize the HDD as bootable. Both disks have been part of a system before and functioned; until I changed this system for this other purpose. Probably i am missing something basic??
I'm trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 on my WinXP desktop computer. I used the LiveCD and manually configured the partitions. I resized my XP partition (the entire SATA HDD) and created a 37GB partition for Ubuntu, as well as a 3GB swap file. I installed the boot loader on the Ubuntu partition. But BIOS doesn't recognize that the drive has separate partitions, and I can't boot into it from Windows either. I know I didn't modify WinXP's MBR, but should I have? I didn't know where it was.
I booted into the LiveCD again, and went into the disk manager. I Edited the Ubuntu partition and saw a checkbox that said "Bootable". I checked it and hit apply, hoping that might do it. I waited twenty minutes and the little circle was still spinning with no indication that it was actually doing anything or any warning of how long it would take, so I rebooted. Still no luck.
Someone told me that Ubuntu sometimes won't be bootable if you have both SATA and PATA drives in the system, which I do (although both XP and Ubuntu are on the same, SATA drive) and gave me a page that told me to use Grub4Dos. I fiddled around with that, only to come onto the Ubuntu website and find out that the page they gave me was outdated, before Ubuntu used GRUB2.
i have an Acer Aspire 9420 with gentoo installed and a 2.6.38-r3 kernel.Since a few months i have decided to boot from an USB external HDD WD scorpio Blue 750go (with USB adapter) instead of the internal HDD.Yesterday evening during my gnome session activity i had a black screen with a cursor and nothing can respond anymore. I tried an hard reboot but my bios does not detect my USB Disk either.So i boot from a liveDVD to check what is the problem?
What im trying to do is install ubuntu on to an external hard drive, partition it and make it work. ive got a problem, as i have 200GB of games and other things already on that drive, before you say "copy it to another drive and then back" i cant, i dont have any other drives apart from my internal which has only got 20 gig left
I have a laptop that I need to update the BIOS but I cant get into Windows. Here is what I want to do.I know I need a DOS boot able disk. I figured I would download the FreeDOS disk and just add a file to the iso and burn the ISO. So far I cannot do that and I don't know how or even if there is a way to do this. So the long of the short of it is I need a bootable cd that is dos based and has my BIOS update file on it.
I have Ubuntu 10.04.1 32bit installed on my flash drive so wherever I go I can have my own mini personal computer, but one problem I'm having is every computer it is run on the next time it's rebooted to the OS on the hard drive it has UTC time instead of the actual time for the timezone you're in that Windows uses. So is their a way I can make Ubuntu not automatically change the clock to what it wants?
i have just put in my new 320gb seagate hdd and it shows in bios, however upon booting from USB it does not show on the OS, nor does it show on the installer does anyone have any idea what could cause this or how to sort it?
Hardware is a Supermicro with C2SBC-Q board, have set up a RAID1 with 3 WD drives, the BIOS "sees" the "LightScribe" DVD drive but it is not being recognized by CentOS (5.2 x86_64). It's on an IDE bus, set to "master".# dmesg | grep -E 'CD|DVD|hdc' produces a new prompt with NO feedback, BTW.I have CentOS 5.2 i386 running on this machine with the same DVD drive, it was not an issue.
I have a working F-10 box with an older motherboard (pre-sata). The p-ata ports are full (4 drives), so I'm trying to add a sata controller and another drive. The sata controller plugs into the pci bus, but is not detected by the bios (very old). After booting, the OS loads the driver module(s) and detects the new controller and drive. I was able to add the new sata drive into the LVM system using system-config-lvm. All was fine until I rebooted.
I get pages of lvm errors and booting fails. It looks like it's trying to mount the volumes before the sata controller is modprobed. Is there a way to get the os to modprobe for the new controller before trying to mount? The extra drive space is on a data partition, not the boot partition.
I switched the Hard Drive in my main desktop yesterday with another just so I could install something on it. Then, when I switched my other desktop hard drive back to it's original, it wouldn't detect it.
The power cables and all the connections are still good, because it still recognizes my other computers hard drive. I'm in deep trouble for screwing up the family PC, how can I fix it?
The brand new MEMOREX 24X Lightscribe DVD player(SATA) is not detected by my UBUNTU 10.10 install (via USB stick LiveCD install). I know it should have worked out-of-the box, but it does not, dmesg or lshw command shows all other SATA connections ( 2 hard drives) , BUT the DVD Drive. The DVD drive is detected by the MSI BIOS, it is also fully functional in the dual-booted Windos 7 installation next to the Ubuntu 10.10, so I know the DVD player is ok. I have the latest B3 Stepping MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard with Intel i7 2600K cpu.
I have an HP motherboard w/P4 with 40 GB disk another Maxtor 500GB Hard disk on the usb. Problem: On start up with device selection for booting, my pen drive always gets listed as USB HDD0 and USB HDD1 and Iam able to boot thru' them. However my Maxtor HDD in the first partition of which I have installed FC 13 after much pain,so as to not disturb my existing installation FC 11 in internal drive. This device itself is not visible, nothing to have to say about its partitions in bios list of devices to select. Whether this is a drive related problem or bios related. How may I make it visible in bios list.
Further note: Fedora core 13 installation didn't worry about the windows XP and Fedora 11 installation in main drive. It allowed for installation of the individual boot loader in the installation drive itself.
Bios not recognising this drive precluded access at boot from grub.conf of the exising FC 11 installation too.
We have a RHEL5 box with a 2.6.18 kernel up and running (no RAID in use, but the SAS controller is enabled in the BIOS). To expand the storage, we bought a 2TB drive to add to the machine. Currently the setup is like this:
SATA-0 => DVD-rom SATA-1 => DVD-rom SATA-2 => empty HD-0 => old hard disk HD-1 => old hard disk HD-2 => new 2TB drive HD-3 => empty
The BIOS doesn't seem to have any way to list the drive on any of the HD ports, only the SATA ports, so I'm not sure if the drive is being recognized or not. fdisk -l doesn't seem to recognize the 2 TB drive.
I'm going to try reordering the drive ports and try the drive in another machine, but I'm baffled here...
I'm using Hardy Heron. I'd like to keep using it. I mean forever.
I have several old PCs, and in the past few years I've installed 8.04 several times. Every time I install, it downloads about 184 updates... a slow process.
I would like to put all the .deb files on a CD (or flash drive) so that future installs won't need to download these updates.
Question 1: How do I get a newly installed version of Hardy Heron to recognize that there are files on the CD, and so use them rather than downloading the files. I think that maybe just copying the files to /var/cache/apt/archive might work.
Question 2: I once loved version 7 of Ubuntu like I love 8.04 now. But when I try to install it, it won't update anything anymore and it seems unable to find any additional software for version 7. Now I've abandoned version 7, but is there a way to download hundreds of deb files for Hardy Heron, save them to a CD, to ensure that I can continue to use Hardy Heron in say, the year 2012, and have access to all of its non-standard packages, and still be able to install other packages which are located on CD?
I set up the USB Filters just like I did on my laptop, but it says Unavailable and wont recognize anything I plug into usb port. When running and I right click on the usb icon at bottom they show up but shaded and will not let me select any uSB device. In Device Manager USB appears to be installed but NO DEVICES SHOW UP. I also have a thermal printer hooked to com1 serial how I make my Virtual Machine recognize it?
I installed an Oracle-provided RPM that installs a library, let's call it libUSEME1.0, into /usr/lib/oracle/yada/yada2/libUSEME.1.0. I then have an RPM (perl-DBD-Oracle) that depends on libraries from the Oracle-provided RPM. (For now, let's say it depends on libUSEME.1.0)
I then try to do both a 'rpm -ivh' and a 'yum localinstall', on that perl-DBD-Oracle RPM. However, yum still complains that this dependency is missing. The only semi-useful post I could find from Google shows that setting things like LD_PRELOAD won't change yum's mind - it still says the dependency is missing.
What is the proper way to demonstrate to yum that you have already installed a library on which an rpm (or package) depends?
Quick background: I've always had problems with Ubuntu on my external hard drive, but I think it's actually with grub in Gnome - any Gnome. I had Karmic installed until after grub upgraded and a bootloader error made it impossible to log in, so I went over to PCLOS KDE.
I've missed Ubuntu and really wanted Lucid, so I tried reinstalling it to the external. Same problem. I tried PCLOS Gnome, and, yep, same - though I could reinstall the KDE version no problem. Anyway, after umpteen attempts, which included formatting the external drive in Windows (which doesn't ever recognise the external in My Computer till I do), letting Ubuntu do the partitioning, doing the partitioning myself, I finally tried to install through Windows via Wubi - still to the external drive.
It failed, and now the drive is not recognised in the BIOS, Ubuntu, or Windows (I've now installed a dual Ubuntu-Windows boot on my internal). Have I stuffed up my external drive? Is there some way I can make it recognisable (changing BIOS settings???). Do I need to supply more information?
I have a Sony VAIO AR series, it contains two separate 120GB hard drives that were originally configured in a raid. They're called hd0, and hd1. I disabled the raid and partitioned hd1 in 3 ways, one medium sized partition for the operating system (ext4), one large partition for storage (ext4) and one small partition for Swap space. I then installed Ubuntu onto hd1 with help from UNetbootin. After installation went fine I loaded up Windows installer, created two NTFS partitions, one medium and one large, and installed Windows 7 of the medium sized partition. Now I can't figure out how to boot into the Ubuntu side on hd1. Needless to say, in Windows, hd1 is not visable at all. I can see my two NTFS partitions fine.
When booting up I go through two main screens. The first screen "Matrix Storage Manager Option ROM," lists the physical disks (0, and 1.) and gives me the option to enter configuration with [cntrl+i]. The second screen gives me a list of options to boot from, Yet they are all Windows options and many are redundant. The list includes "Enter Command Line," which when selected tells me "Boot failed! Press any key to enter command line." command line brings me to "grub>" I tried booting Ubuntu from this command line, but don't have much to work with here. I followed this guide, but it didn't take me to completion and I'm not sure where to go from here. http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.p...m_command_line
If an old bios and mainboard is being used, such that it cannot handle the large size of HD, then is it useful to say use a live CD and from its initial menu (pressed a key), choose 'Boot From First Hard Disk'? Would this be similar in getting around a bios and disk size limitation I wonder - like - does the use of a live CD in this way avoid using the bios to point to the active partition??
The reason for asking is that a friend has a couple of quality old rack mounted server machines and wants to use Ubuntu having now fitted 80 GB empty drives. Live CD seems ok, and 11.04 install goes ok but on boot up grub comes back with an error.
I recall that early machines cannot see larger(?) HDs for booting purposes even though installs go ok in very large HDs. I wondered if a live CD to boot up temporarily - trouble shooting - would be worth trying for this reason, or am I way off?
I probably have not done any serious programming for 20 years, not counting a little HTML.
I stumbled onto an old FREESPIRE disk my bro sent me several years back -- and tried installing it on a Sony Vaio PCG FRV 28 I had crashed a few years back. The Sony bios is still aboard, but old enough to not have USB "booting" as part of the boot menu. I don't even know if one can easily hack into the BIOS on an old sony Vaio but changing the BIOS would solve lot of problems.
Does anyone have any ideas or certain knowledge on rewriting or modifying the Master Boot Code or an idea on making my USB [with Ubuntu or any other Linux implementation visible] and bootable to the bios on powerup?