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Old 02-08-2006, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i have an old PIII machine. i am trying to put linux on it, but it is refusing to work properly.

it will not boot of any cds. i have tried windows ones, and linux ones, live and install. (the bios is set up ok)

when i try putting the hdd in another computer, it always messess up halfway through the install.

is this a HDD problem? if so, i dont see why it would stop a computer booting from a cd. also, if so, does anyone know where i can buy a cheap <10GB ide HDD?


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Old 02-08-2006, 02:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like a bad optical drive and hard drive. If you have two optical drives in that computer(or spare) switch them around then try the linux live CD.
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Old 02-08-2006, 02:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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well, i have two optical drives, and it didnt work with either
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Check your drive cables. There's always a chance of motherboard or RAM failures causing problems.

Google "computer show" and the name of you city/town/region and see when a computer show will swing by your neighborhood. There's usually a few booths selling legacy equipment for cheap. YMMV.
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