I build a PC last friday, and so far I've been
having problems trying to get any OS to
install. So far I believe it's a optical drive issue.
This is an old IDE DVD writer. I'm also using a
200GB IDE hard drive and a a 500GB sata
I've tried to install Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10,
tried several different media, but every time I
tried I get errors about I/O and media errors. I
tried using the same DVDs on my laptop and
they work fine. Tried changing the IDE cable
with no luck either.
I ended up installing Ubuntu to my external
drive, from another computer.
Anyway, I've been noticing some odd behavior:
- During POST, it sometimes takes around 5
seconds in the "Detecting AHCI drives"
screen. If I unplug the DVD drive it takes
around a second. Not sure how they are
- I was trying to match the MD5 and SHA1
sum of an ISO, and every time I made the
test, I received a different result (this makes no
effing sense at all to me). I thought maybe I
had bad RAM, but I left memtest running
overnight with no errors at all.
You can actually hear some noise coming
from the optical drive, and this is why I'm
planning to get a new drive today, but I'm
wondering what else could be wrong.