Hard drive seen in bios as 40np

November 2, 2011 at 04:04:42
Specs: Windows XP
Have tried Ubuntu Linux software but CD is not booting even after instructing the machine to boot from the CD drive. Mind you the hard drive is only picked in bios. When you run windows installation, the drive is not seen for installation of the software. The machine says there is no hard drive or manufactures firmware is needed to fix the hard drive. The drive makes noise when i switch on the computer and later becomes quite.


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November 2, 2011 at 06:26:04
You most likely downloaded Ubuntu in ISO format, so it needs to be burned to disk using the proper software. Simply copying the ISO to a disk is useless. ImgBurn is a free burning program that will do the job.


And if you have a SATA HDD & are trying to install XP, the drive will NOT be recognized because XP was released before SATA HDDs became mainstream devices. You will either need to change to IDE compatibility mode in the BIOS, OR press F6 at the start of the installation & load the SATA drivers from a floppy, OR create a completely new XP disk with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it. This has been covered many, MANY times before in these forums & others. There are plenty of XP slipstream tutorials available by doing a google search. You will need a program called nLite to be able to create the new disk.


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