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 Post subject: Hard Drive....HALP!
PostPosted: Mon 02-08-2010 12:45PM 
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Ok, so my Acer Aspire One AOD250 is kinda frakked at the moment. It came with Windows XP which I dumped in favor of UNR a few months ago. I wanted to play with something different (winblows 7) but the Linux kept booting up, even when I selected an alternate boot source.

Couldn't get partitioning to work, either.

Soooo......

I wiped the hard drive but now I can't get anything kicking.

I can run Ubuntu Netbook Remix from a usb but when I try to install it fails. I've tried to use my recovery disks (via usb CDrom) and keep getting, "this is not a bootable disk" errors. I've tried booting Ubuntu Jaunty from disk, Winblows 7 from disk, Debian 4.03....shit, I am hacked!

When I try to restore the bios (w/Alt-F10) I get NOTHING.

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PostPosted: Mon 02-08-2010 2:57PM 
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Questions:
What did you use to wipe the hdd?
When it says "not bootable disk" is it refering to the hdd?
Do you know what type of hdd it has?

I doubt its a problem with the master boot record, since any ubuntu install will write its own.

When you hit alt+f10, what is that function supposed to do? restore bios?? restore OS?

I have had problems with intalling OS due to sata drivers, you might have to streamline sata drivers in on XP, etc.
In netbooks, i believe they may have zif connectors, so maybe you need some type of a driver for that?

I don't know if any of that "halps." haha.

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PostPosted: Mon 02-08-2010 3:59PM 
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Might also check the S.M.A.R.T. disk utility in Ubuntu. See if the HDD is checkin out.

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PostPosted: Mon 02-08-2010 4:28PM 
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HiTechRedneck wrote:
Ok, so my Acer Aspire One AOD250 is kinda frakked at the moment. It came with Windows XP which I dumped in favor of UNR a few months ago. I wanted to play with something different (winblows 7) but the Linux kept booting up, even when I selected an alternate boot source.

Couldn't get partitioning to work, either.

Soooo......

I wiped the hard drive but now I can't get anything kicking.

I can run Ubuntu Netbook Remix from a usb but when I try to install it fails. I've tried to use my recovery disks (via usb CDrom) and keep getting, "this is not a bootable disk" errors. I've tried booting Ubuntu Jaunty from disk, Winblows 7 from disk, Debian 4.03....shit, I am hacked!

When I try to restore the bios (w/Alt-F10) I get NOTHING.

halp?


suggestion: try booting into a live linux CD, then going to the disk partitioner, and wiping all partitions off the drive.

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PostPosted: Mon 02-08-2010 6:40PM 
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Yeah, I've tried partitioning the drive through a live usb of Ubuntu (can't get anything to read from the usb cdrom). No go.

I used DBAN to nuke the disk (Darik's Boot and Nuke http://www.dban.org/about ).

When it says "not bootable disk" it is referring to the disk(s) inserted in the usb cdrom. The error is follow up by, "please insert a disk and press any key to continue".

The hdd is a Western Digital Western WD1600BEVT-22ZCT0 160Gb SATA.

Hitting alt+F10 is supposed to access the "hidden drive" and restore the OS.


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PostPosted: Mon 02-08-2010 7:01PM 
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if you nuked the hdd with a boot disk then you probably deleted the reserved restore partition, so Alt+F10 is probably moot right now. Sounds to me like your bios isn't allowing your CD rom to act as a boot disk or its not getting to it in the boot order. What is your boot order or do you have an option to pick it manually (boot menu)?


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PostPosted: Mon 02-08-2010 7:05PM 
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Yeah, the boot menu stuff seems to be working fine....it accesses the cdrom, just won't boot from the disk.


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do like blitz suggested and check for SMART failure. sounds like a bad disk at this point.

also: the walk in center offers free 30 minute diagnostics, but they don't do warranty work on anything but dell and apple, so they might be able to help you figure it out.

If it were me, I would be taking that thing apart to get the hard drive out, and plugging it into a PC to isolate the hard drive as the problem. if the hard drive works fine, and there's nothing wrong with your bios settings, then you have serious problems.

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PostPosted: Mon 02-08-2010 10:16PM 
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I agree with zeroluck.
From personal experience...the hard drives in netbooks are not made for long life.
Boot &Nuke might have put it through to much...

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I agree with zeroluck's avatar.


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PostPosted: Wed 02-10-2010 12:41AM 
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I agree with zeroluck's avatar.


thanks! it's custom-made.

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PostPosted: Wed 02-10-2010 12:43AM 
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Yeah, I'm kinda thinking I murdered it. :oops:


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PostPosted: Wed 02-10-2010 1:14AM 
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He's had it coming for a while now. edit: zero, that is. not your hard drive.

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HiTechRedneck wrote:
Yeah, I'm kinda thinking I murdered it. :oops:

Did you try running WD's LifeGuard diagnostic tool to verify that?

Go here, select what kind of hard drive it is, and get the "Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for DOS (CD)" CD image. Boot from that and try running some diagnostics on the hard drive - should get a definitive answer if the hard drive itself is dead.

Depending upon what type of errors pop up, another attempt to fix a dead drive is to swap the logic board out with one from an identical hard drive. Might be a lot more effort than just buying a new drive off ebay/newegg/etc., though.


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