"OS not found" on intel cel system booting livecds, hdd
i'm trying to diagnose a hardware problem.
i boot and see the splash screen, "hewlett packard" and then it says "Operating System not found".
i had pulled the battery before to use it for another box and replaced it. whatevers wrong it doesn't seem to recognize the atapi cdrom (or the hd). i have tried multiple times with a couple of bootable cds--gentoo install cd, knoppix. no go.
when i entered bios settings before, it gave me a list of null entries for primary/secondary master/slave drives. it couldn't detect them.
i know the cdrom works, i just used it to install something on another pc. theres a hard disk connected too, secondary master i think. the cables are ide, the properly oriented ones with the "tooth" in the middle so they are inserted correctly.
i know this isn't a linux problem exactly, but can anyone help? should i get a boot floppy and see if that can detect anything?