I have a very old maschine from 1997 or 96. the box was upgraded quite a bit. it had windows installed (first 98, later xp) and ended with:
128mb ATI Radeon 9200
it has two disks one is the original 10 GB ATA disk (where Windows used to live on 5GB disk space ). And another 160 GB disk where i kept data. both disks were FAT32 formated. FA32 goes up to about 128GB so the newer disk had some unformatted space where i intalled Kubuntu.
the original OS had some issues. first i couldn't get it to use new WD drive which was supposed to replace the old 10GB drive. it just kept on rebooting or would only boot occasionally on that disk.
we never could figure out if it was hardware or software issue. later computer started to have random reboots and crashes eventhough it was stable before so we got a new one. but some more maintenance showed that there is some malware installed on maschine. we purged malware from windows, then from 2 live antivirus discs. last one found substantial number of infected files and everything was removed. i then installed Kubuntu on free space (different disk).
it gave me problems as i could not put the grub on the windows boot disk. it only wrote half of it and then stopped. ok, so i put grub on data disk. here is where things go strange -
first linux didn't see any partitions on windows disk. ok, i thought partition table got corrupted.
then after a couple of boots the disk dissapered from linux. it wasn't available to mount.
how would i troubleshoot this disk from linux? how would i run the diagnostics? which programs exist for this if disk is non SMART? i am not sure if it's smart capable since it is so old. the data is backed up but i would like to see if disk i actually ok and if it is i would like to get the windows working again and create dualboot for some LAN games. linux support for Radeon 9200 isn't really stellar