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I recently attempted to install some distros of linux on my xp box. I tried fedora, redhat and mandrake and they all were working fine until I tried fully installing ...
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    Booting Issues.


    I recently attempted to install some distros of linux on my xp box. I tried fedora, redhat and mandrake and they all were working fine until I tried fully installing fedora, it wiped my previous xp partition as it wasn't allowing me to dual boot. But now when I try to install Fedora, Mandrake or Red Hat it says :

    input/out error during read on /dev/hda

    And is having all sorts of bootloader problems..

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    Did you have your bootloader configured on the MBR in your NTFS partition or your linux partition, or did you have it on a boot partition? Also, what bootloader are you using?

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    Well, now its fully non formatted and I am trying to figure out how to add just Linux, I am going to use Fedora 4 or Ubuntu.

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    So what is(are) your exact problem(s) during the installation? Please be more specific. Is it not booting the cd(dvd)? Does it not recognize your hard disk?

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    It says :

    input/out error during read on /dev/hda
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    problem with bootloader, Press any button

    And it is not allowing me to add an os such as Linux.

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