GRUB Error 2 + a weirdly uncooperative BIOS = confusion
Hi, I'm brand new to Linux, and trying to get a system up and running. I had an old cd with Ubuntu 5.1 on it, and installed it on my computer (erasing the previous inoperable system); it seemed to work fine for a day or so, but I wasn't finding support online for any of the programs, so I wanted to upgrade. I'd heard KDE was good, so i downloaded Kubuntu 9.10 and made the disc.
The hash check worked fine, and the live disk option seemed to work perfectly, but when I tried to install the system (again over previous system) I get a Grub 1.5 loading -- error 2. And then everything stops.
I looked this up online, and most people who said they solved it did so by monkeying with the hard drive settings in their BIOS. But when I went into my BIOS setup, it was very strange: it's something called PhoenixBIOS and it gives me basically *no options at all* beyond changing the system time and the boot order ... it doesn't even appear to detect my hard drives! (Now, I haven't played with a BIOS setup since the mid-90s, so maybe I'm doing something really wrong... )
I looked for other solutions -- someone recommended a supergrub disk, but I can't find the file for this. I also tried re-installing Ubuntu 5.1, which worked, and then re-installing Kubuntu as a separate partition rather than an overwrite -- but Kubuntu just doesn't appear as an option in the boot menu.
I've seen a number of discussions of similar problems on forums but most are 1) totally beyond me, and 2) don't seem to have actually solved the problem. Does anyone have any idea how I can either fix the Grub issue or get my BIOS to behave?