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#1 colinprowitt

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 08:34 PM

ok i got this really old computer from my boss today. He asked me to see what i could do with it. It's an old AT&T computer with a Pentium and phoenix bios. I want to try to install linux on it but the disks wont load. When you start the system up it runs POST and has an error that says Failure Fixed Disk 0 and beeps once. Then it has the option to resume or enter setup.

When resume is pressed it beeps and says OS not found
When setup is pressed it goes into the BIOS setup and askes for a password.

Do i have to get into the BIOS and change what boots first for it to read the disk?
I understand the only way to reset CMOS is to take out the battery and wait for the CMOS to reset, right?
I'm confused..........never had this problem

please help!

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 08:38 PM

could the disk drive be too old to read the Fedora disks? or not even be a Rom drive in the first place? it only says compact disk on the front..........

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 09:59 PM

He probabily wiped the drive and removed the partition. You have several options here. One is go to http://www.bootdisk.com and download the bootdisk so you can fdisk and partition the drive. Then Fedora should boot at that point. Second, and my favorite is use Digtal Dolly to partition and format your hard drive. If you think the drive may be damage Digtal Dolly has S.M.A.R.T. UTILITY to test the drive.
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