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I currently am working with a:
HP Pavilion 8765C
AMD Athlon processor 906.3 Mhz
Mainboard: ASUS K7M
Mainboard Chipset: AMD-750
HDD: Seagate ST3160812A, 149 GB
512 MB RAM
Video Card: ATI Radeon 7500 DDR, 65 MB SDRAM
Bascially my problems began a while back when I was attempting to wipe an old hard drive for use in my computer. The old hard drive had a pirated copy of windows xp on it. This somehow invalidated my legal copy of windows xp on my computer.
It gave me 3 days to revalidate it, which was impossible since support for xp had ended.
Done with microsoft, I decided to try to install Linux MInt 13
Linux wouldn't install, it would keep freezing up during install...improper shut down
Went to 'edit' in Linux: it said something like "path not found"
Seagate Sea tools said my HDD was "security freeze-locked".
Used Hiren's Boot CD to fix that problem.
Still couldn't install Linux.
Purchased another identical Seagate HDD [supposedly a clean HDD] installed it and got the same: "security freeze-locked"
Swapped out my video card, because pc repair guy said I needed a new one.
Still couldn't install Linux.
Programs I've used to try and solve this problem: Hiren's Boot CD and Ultimate Boot CD
While trying to use some of the Linux programs on the boot CDs I would get the following: "decompressing Linux"..... "parsing ELF"......"booting the kernel".......freeze up, improper shut down.
List of problems the boot CDs say I have:
Illegal partition table
NTLDR is missing
Invalid floating point
Incorrect image path
No RAID controllers
LBA out of range
invalid [?] MBR code
Missing digital signatures
Could not find kernel image
...just off the top of my head, too many others too list!
I reinstalled another copy of windows xp, thinking maybe I had some corrupted files?
Windows installs fine!
I spent days using various anti virus, rootkit removal tools, anti malware, etc. They all found problems but couldn't fix them. Some wouldn't download to my computer at all. Dial-up may have been an issue, lol.
This computer has had multiple users, operating systems, and hardware changes in the past.
It could be something as simple as an incorrect jumper setting?
I really think microsoft put a 'bug' in this computer when they invalidated my windows. The computer worked fine up until that point.
I've completely wiped the hard drive using "DBAN", I reset the CMOS, and it still won't load Linux.
So where could the 'bug' be hiding?
I've been told multiple times to just get a new computer, but it's not about the computer. It's about solving a problem.
I'm just an old concrete finisher who doesn't know much about computers, like using a comand line, etc., but I have been learning as I go.
P.S. I know my Linux installation disc is good because I have used it on another computer successfully.
Edited by hamluis, 13 July 2015 - 05:44 AM.
Moved from Gen Security to Linux, edited title to reflect situation - Hamluis.