cannot install 7.10 on cleaned hard drive

Asked by Ike Smith on 2008-10-09

I do volunteer charity work and occasionally receive donated PCs which I clean-up and donate to local schools. If the hard drive is not cleaned I will delete the disk using a free copy of "kill disk". I am not able to successfully install 7.10 on the drive as the operating system as the PC shows error message "operating system not found" when I attempt to boot up with the 7.10 cd. Would appreciate your advice on installing the 7.10 system on a disk that has been wiped clean. Ike

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2008-10-11
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2008-10-12
Andrew (and471) said : #1

Okay, is the BIOs set to boot from the CD, rather than the hard drive?

Ike Smith (capnsams) said : #2

yes

Ike Smith (capnsams) said : #3

or at least I think that is the case but please give me your advice either way: bios or hard drive and I will act accordingly.

Ike Smith (capnsams) said : #4

I meant to say CD or hard drive....

Ike Smith (capnsams) said : #5

rugby471: I assume that the bios is set to read CD and not hard drive.
But since I am not certain your advice pertaining to either case
would be appreciated. Ike
On Oct 9, 2008, at 12:20 PM, rugby471 wrote:

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Andreas Troschka (signupbox) said : #6

Your BIOS isn't set to boot from CD.
The only thing you can do is to enter the BIOS and set it to first boot the CD and as second device the HD.
Without this configuration you'll not be able to install anything on that drive through the CD.

Ike Smith (capnsams) said : #7

Andreas, thanks for your response. I assumed that the BIOS was set to
boot from a CD but clearly that is not the case. Question: how do I
access the BIOS? I assume there are key strokes one my use to do so
immediately after startup but I do not have certain knowledge;
moreover, the PCs I am cleaning are not all the same manufacture.
Advice?
On Oct 10, 2008, at 6:44 PM, Andreas Troschka wrote:

> Your question #47541 on Ubuntu changed:
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> Status: Open => Answered
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> Andreas Troschka proposed the following answer:
> Your BIOS isn't set to boot from CD.
> The only thing you can do is to enter the BIOS and set it to first
> boot the CD and as second device the HD.
> Without this configuration you'll not be able to install anything on
> that drive through the CD.
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Andrew (and471) said : #8

Well, when you boot up the PC, you should be able to see messages near the bottom of the screen (typically) saying

Press DEL for BIOS

Or something like that, since all computers are different, you will have to read and then try, however most often it is Delete.

Ike Smith (capnsams) said : #9

Thanks for the help. I will be able to try this Monday. Do I assume
correctly that if I do not see the message at the bottom of the
screen, I can try variously "del" or other action keys immediately
after starting the computer and move to BIOS? Regards

On Oct 11, 2008, at 11:11 AM, rugby471 wrote:

> Your question #47541 on Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/47541
>
> Status: Open => Answered
>
> rugby471 proposed the following answer:
> Well, when you boot up the PC, you should be able to see messages near
> the bottom of the screen (typically) saying
>
> Press DEL for BIOS
>
> Or something like that, since all computers are different, you will
> have
> to read and then try, however most often it is Delete.
>
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Andrew (and471) said : #10

Here is a guide on howto set it to boot from the CD

http://www.hiren.info/pages/bios-boot-cdrom

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