sharp mebius fails to boot after installation of dual boot with Ubuntu 10.04
I was given an older Sharp Mebius mini laptop - hdd only 20gb so quite old. It is a very light and tidy machine and it was running Win XP in Japanese. After unsuccessfully trying to change the language settings I decided to install Ubuntu as dual boot. During the installation there was a warning that there was not quite enough memory and asking if I wanted to proceed. I elected to proceed on the basis that if I could get it working I would add extra ram. The installation completed successfully but since then when I switch the machine on all that happens is that the battery light flickers. I cannot get to any set up screen.
I took out the hdd with the idea of re-formatting it with my USB adapter but it is a female IDE Ultra ATA/100 and I cannot find an appropriate adapter for it on line. So now my only option is to try to get some interactivity with it.
Has anyone had a similar experience?
Does anyone know what if anything can be done when a system has faltered so comprehensively?
In the past and with a different laptop - a Toshiba tablet PC I was able to do a rather sneaky installation of Ubuntu with dual boot by cloning the hdd from a separate device which already had dual boot installed. The recipient device could not load Windows but was able to load ubuntu without a hitch - wonders of that OS. However both devices were toshiba. Not sure that something like that would work with a sharp and in any case I do not have an adapter to connect the Mebius HDD to another computer for cloning purposes.
Any advice or guidance would be greatly appreciated.