It all started when my original HDD failed. In order to preserve some cash, and what seemed to be a perfectly decent computer, I decided to purchase a new hard drive and install an operating system. The drive that I bought was a Western Digital Scorpio Blue (WD3200BEVE) which I am confident is compatible with my computer. I physically installed it, check to make sure that my computer was recognizing it, then booted from my optical drive in order to install Windows XP from the Dell XP CD that came from with the computer. It all seemed to work fine until I had to reboot, at which point I started getting a bunch of IO errors, and of course when I attempted to boot from the HDD, it failed.
Then, being worried that I had larger problems than just the HDD, I decided to put a copy of Ubuntu onto a flash drive and run it from that (which is what I am currently working with as I write this email). That settled me because it seemed that the computer itself was working fine (video card, memory, processor). I then decided to try to insall Ubuntu to the HDD so that I could boot from there, and at least be taking a step in the right direction. This also worked just fine, until I was instructed to restart. Unfortunately I encountered errors again, and when I attempted to boot from HDD, I was given the message :
error : out of disk
I am currently able to save information to the hard drive, and reopen it. It stays there when I shut down and reboot too, so although it could be something wrong with the hardware I purchased, I doubt it. I suspect that there may be a problem with my BIOS, however I am unsure of how to update it at this point. I don't know what to do at this point
Edited by awsims, 23 October 2010 - 11:49 AM.