Just won't boot

By KaitenV
Apr 10, 2007
  1. So, here's the deal, brand new PC, built by myself, tons of problems. The main current one being, I installed Ubuntu from the live CD on my Master harddrive, but BIOs just skips right over it.
    Besides the fact that windows vista isn't playing nice, I got it to start, and it told me BIOs can't boot from my hard drive. Why?

    EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

    A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1A16K

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300

    MB ECS NFORCE 570 SLIT-A V5.1 775



    Super Old LITE-ON DVD ROM

    Linksys Wireless-G Network Card (PCI)
  2. rf6647

    rf6647 TS Maniac Posts: 829

    This discussion appears in "alternative OS". Linux install - dual boot. While the origins of this discussion are dated, it still has current posts. It appears that Linux makes accomodations to appease Windows. I doubt that Vista is any less demanding.

    Perhaps someone can offer more insight that addresses your specific problem.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

  4. KaitenV

    KaitenV TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    I tried that, took out the CD of course, and it demanded one. So, I took the CD Drive out of the boot order, and it said "INSERT A SYSTEM DISK..."

    I have Phoenix Award Bios 6
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,454   +1,759

    You didn't say......

    Will the Ubuntu run in a live mode? I assume that Vista is as badly behaved a XP in overwriting all other OS files when installing it. Is the HDD IDE or SATA? Is the HDD recognized in BIOS? I don't understand you logic about in changing the boot order and then removing the CD, but I'm probably missing something. I think you need to install the "GRUB" boot loader from the Linux CD. Link to this:
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