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    Cannot get past BIOS

    {My apologies in advance if this is answered somewhere else.]

    I have a Gateway 300L, and have installed various distros (i.e. Mandrake, Red Hat, Knoppix, etc.) over the years, and have not had much of a problem. Last week, for example, I installed Mandrake 10.1 as my primary OS with the intention of forcing myself to learn it. Due to extremely important issues (pronounced 'wife not happy with Linux'), I made Windows 2000 Professional my primary OS, leaving approximately 10GB of a 38GB drive (Seagate ST340810A) for Linux.

    A friend had been talking a lot about Ubuntu 4.1, so, after reading a little on it, I decided to give it a try. During the install, it made some suggestions regarding MBR, and I went with the suggestions, which was probably my biggest mistake. Having said that, when prompted to reboot (and ever since), I've been unable to boot. When I say 'unable to boot', I mean I cannot even boot to a floppy or my CD-ROM drive, even though my boot order is:

    1) CD-ROM,
    2) floppy drive, then
    3) hard drive

    My machine simply sits at the '...F2 for setup...F10 for boot menu...' screen, and I am unable to select either.

    When I remove the cable from the hard drive, I can then boot to a floppy or CD (I am running a Byzantine live CD as I write this). I have tried different cables, both the primary and secondary channel, and resetting the setup to default values while the hard drive is not connected. I have also tried leaving the hard drive cable disconnected, booting to a diagnostic disk (i.e. Seagate's Disk Wizard, The Ultimate Boot CD, etc.) then reconnecting the hard drive's cable, and have had no luck.

    Also, I have attempted connecting this drive to another machine as a secondary drive (and have even tried messing with the size limitation jumper), but have had no luck.

    Any suggestions (other than 'don't buy a Gateway', etc.) would be most appreciated. I tried to include all of the pertinent information I could, so thanks for bearing with me. If you need more information, please let me know. Thanks!!

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    Linux User zeeone's Avatar
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    Oct 2003
    Third Stone From The Sun
    When you connected the HD as a slave, did that Bios see it? Does it have auto detect or from within the Bios you pick HD detection?

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