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    Unable to install an Operating System.

    Hi so here is the situation.
    I had installed 2 OS’s on my machine i.e. Windows XP and Fedora,I wanted to uninstall fedora and at that time dint know how to uninstall it (nor do now) so I formatted that drive( using mouse )which had fedora installed in it through windows XP.
    During start up it GRUB appears on my machine giving me the OS choice 1)fedora 2)XP
    How do uninstall GRUB ?
    Also after this I tried to re-install windows XP but it dint install instead (after the message “Hardware is inspecting your Hardware….” It did nothing ,just screen gone blank) at first I thought it must be an CD issues but after trying with number of Windows XP bootable CD’s it dint work.
    Also I tried to create new partition using GParted Live CD but it also failed (showed buffered I/O error etc)
    System details incase if needed:
    RAM 1gb,160gb SATA hdd,core2duo,mercury MB
    My guess
    something is wrong with my Hard disk (especially MBR or any sector corrupted )
    what I want to know
    what and where is the exact problem?
    How to solve it?
    Any additional tips always welcomed..
    Please try to elaborate as much as possible.
    (Appreciate your time and thanks for reading.)

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    Re: Unable to install an Operating System.

    Welcome to the forums.

    Were you planning on installing Ubuntu?

    Fedora often installs to LVM which is a different partitioning and needs extra drivers to be seen from Ubuntu.

    Post the link to the BootInfo report that this creates. Is part of Boot-Repair:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Info
    Boot Repair -Also handles LVM, GPT, separate /boot and UEFI dual boot.:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair
    You can repair many boot issues with this or 'Create BootInfo' report (Other Options) & post the link it creates, so we can see your exact configuration and diagnose advanced problems.
    Install in Ubuntu liveCD or USB or Full RepairCD with Boot-Repair (for newer computers)
    http://sourceforge.net/p/boot-repair/home/Home/
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuSecureRemix


    Not sure if it sees Fedora in its LVM install or not.


    An easy way [OS-Uninstaller] Safely remove Windows, Ubuntu... in 1 clic !
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1769489
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OS-Uninstaller
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Unable to install an Operating System.

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    Welcome to the forums.

    Were you planning on installing Ubuntu?

    Fedora often installs to LVM which is a different partitioning and needs extra drivers to be seen from Ubuntu.

    Post the link to the BootInfo report that this creates. Is part of Boot-Repair:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Info
    Boot Repair -Also handles LVM, GPT, separate /boot and UEFI dual boot.:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair
    You can repair many boot issues with this or 'Create BootInfo' report (Other Options) & post the link it creates, so we can see your exact configuration and diagnose advanced problems.
    Install in Ubuntu liveCD or USB or Full RepairCD with Boot-Repair (for newer computers)
    http://sourceforge.net/p/boot-repair/home/Home/
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuSecureRemix


    Not sure if it sees Fedora in its LVM install or not.


    An easy way [OS-Uninstaller] Safely remove Windows, Ubuntu... in 1 clic !
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1769489
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OS-Uninstaller
    thanks for reply,
    problem here is I am not able to boot a Live CD also (as i tried to boot throuch GParted live and it showed me various "buffer I/O errors" etc) so i am guessing UBUNTU Live CD also won't boot.

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    Re: Unable to install an Operating System.

    It might be a good idea to run memtest and see if your RAM is ok. That is an option on the Ubuntu live CD. I think you have to make it go to the menu. As it runs up, you get a purple screen with two icons at the bottom. I think hitting any key will make it go to the menu. I'm not quite sure because I always use the cursor arrow keys.

    You need to let memtest run for a while, like a couple of hours. It should show zero errors. If it shows any errors at all you have a RAM problem.
    Michael

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    Re: Unable to install an Operating System.

    Also, make sure your motherboard is ok, (i.e. no busted capacitors, replug all sata connectors, .etc .etc). If your CD/DVD drive is SATA as well, it sounds like your SATA controller/connectors are having issues...

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    nvm - not reading properly

    Run a Ubuntu LiveCD, open a terminal, and post back with the output of the following commands. You have to have internet.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install smartmontools
    sudo smartctl -i /dev/sda
    sudo smartctl --test=short /dev/sda
    #Get out of your chair, walk around for 5 minutes, and come back before continuing
    sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda
    The commands will evaluate the health of your HDD via its SMART status (unless your drive is too old and doesn't support SMART)
    Last edited by sandyd; January 17th, 2013 at 06:43 PM.

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    Re: Unable to install an Operating System.

    thanks I'll carry out Memory test and will see if RAM is good.

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    Re: Unable to install an Operating System.

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyd View Post
    Also, make sure your motherboard is ok, (i.e. no busted capacitors, replug all sata connectors, .etc .etc). If your CD/DVD drive is SATA as well, it sounds like your SATA controller/connectors are having issues...

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    nvm - not reading properly

    Run a Ubuntu LiveCD, open a terminal, and post back with the output of the following commands. You have to have internet.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install smartmontools
    sudo smartctl -i /dev/sda
    sudo smartctl --test=short /dev/sda
    #Get out of your chair, walk around for 5 minutes, and come back before continuing
    sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda
    The commands will evaluate the health of your HDD via its SMART status (unless your drive is too old and doesn't support SMART)

    ok will try it hope it helps,thanks.

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