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Old 08-30-2009, 04:18 PM   #1
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fedora live cd loads fine but cant boot after install

i have a dell xps gen4 that had a hard drive burn out on me so i bought a new one. Now i cant get my computer to boot from the hard drive. I tried to install windows xp but the installation setup tells me i dont have any hard drives attached. so then i tried fedora 11 live cd and that booted up just fine and i could see my hard drive and installed fedora to the hard drive. but when i tried to boot with out the cd it just runs through the BIOS screen and then goes to a black screen.

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Old 08-31-2009, 09:12 AM   #2
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I tried to install windows xp but the installation setup tells me i dont have any hard drives attached.
HDD controller is broken?
Drive jumpers are not set properly?
The cables or connections are bad?

If it won't work with windows, it's unlikely to work with linux.

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Old 08-31-2009, 09:35 AM   #3
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Is the HDD SATA or IDE?
If it is SATA, then you either need the SATA controller driver for XP - or in the cmos setup, try enabling IDE/Legacy/Compatible mode - it depends on the bios of your computer what this option is called. Anyway - non-AHCI mode...

If you are using a IDE drive, then I suggest that you change the IDE ribbon cable.
You can boot your computer with the Ultimate Boot CD (or similar), and run HDTune to check out the hard disk's performance.
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Is there an error code at all?
What was it that led you to believe your old hd was bad?
A black screen with no error code tells me there is nothing wrong with the hd but a problem somewhere with the video instead.
I don't know what the latest Fedora release is but it's possible the vesa driver is buggered instead of something with the hardware.
Each time I've encountered an hd not being found or not present at all, there has been an error code of some sort as well as a query eluding to "what do you want to do now".
The fact that the Fedora disk could see and install to the hd also tells me at least a portion of your cable is good as the Fedora disk could see and install to your hd, but it's possible a section of the cable is still bad rendering video not being transferred to the monitor so,,, do you see anything during boot?
Being able to see the Fedora disk yourself is irrelevant as it's running off of ram.
As for pins, on my spare ATA hd that I swap out on occasion on my ATA machine, with the label on top and the connectors facing you, the jumper is on the far left set of pins.
On the spare SATA, there is no jumper on the pins.
On a few new hd's I've installed, I first had to take something like gparted and format it to ntfs before the windows cd would see the hd so that is also something to give a shot.
The last thing that comes to mind to me is it's possible, although I doubt it, you bios may need reflashing.


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