So the computer at my work burned out. Unfortunately my boss gave it to the tech guy next door, who really ended up just making things alot worse, which ultimately ended with a blank HDD.
I figured if I took it home and just did a reformat and a quick install of either XP or ubuntu I could have this thing up and running in no time. The problem is I can't get the damn thing to install anything. With both issues it was the same, as soon as reformatting or copying files came up the program would hang or give me errors.
- with xp the furthest I got was copying files and eventually all files would fail to copy. I tried a new format, and it hangs at 20% everytime ultimately telling me it failed.
-WIth ubuntu I never even got that far, it gives me some sort of input output error.
- I got ubuntu up live on a flash drive, but it's rather slow, and I can't install anything since it tells me there's no Java VM. When I went to install the VM it ultimately never finished. I don't know if this is due to the small USB drive (2 gb), or you just can't run live that way.
I used all the same equipment in a seperate computer and it's all working. I tried installing ubuntu in my main computer and switching it over to the work computer, hoping linux would re-recognize the new hardware, but it didn't work (oviously... it was a last ditch effort)
I ran MEM test and there were no errors, so I have a feeling it might be the sata ports. My other thought is that since it's a speciallized POSx computer for small businesses is that it works differently as far as how it gets installed and whatnot... maybe I missed something in the bios?
If anybody has any answers for me it would be greatly appreciated.