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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2014, 06:56:03 pm »
yup those were my two usb sticks one 4g was running pep5 live usb the other 1g was holding the text file with all the commands i copied and pasted from you....
Only the 4gig is inserted now though cause that has Pep 5 Live on it... 
Whole machine is acting weird too me I never seen anything like this i can see the drive and the files that were copied to it but yet it won't boot its almost like the MBR of the disk is dead....
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2014, 06:56:33 pm »
OK, once more

Boot to the LiveUSB

Open a terminal and run:
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sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #17 on: November 23, 2014, 07:12:34 pm »
same thing without the usb inserted all it does is check every way it can to boot up and halts on operating system not found...
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #18 on: November 23, 2014, 07:20:28 pm »
I can only assume then that it cannot read the boot sector of the HDD

Try booting the Peppermint LiveUSB .. firing up GParted

In Gparted make sure you're working on dev/sda (top right)

Right click on /dev/sda5 and select "SwapOff"

Then go to Device > Create Partition Table

When asked, select "msdos" as the partition table type.

When done the drive should be completely empty with no partitions

Close GParted

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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #19 on: November 23, 2014, 07:36:58 pm »
Will do... I probably won't get back here now till tomorrow its quitting time here for me and that is going to take an hour too install at least...
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2014, 11:36:11 am »
Ok nothing worked same response from hard drive...
I decided to install via cdrom and tried Antix mx14 for the heck of it and I got an error notice during antix install that said smart monitor says your drive is failing or has failed please select another drive to install too... 
I guess the drive is toast something must have happened to its master boot record that it won't boot... 
If the guy wants to fix it this, it should be a fun one, i see no panels on bottom for hard drive, only a small access panel for the ram chip....
looks like the entire laptop has to be split open to replace the drive....    :(

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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #21 on: November 24, 2014, 11:44:35 am »
it wouldn't help anyone searching for a solution .. so "abandoned" is probably best.
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (Abandoned)
« Reply #22 on: November 24, 2014, 11:48:23 am »
No problem I marked it as such, thank you for trying to help on this i don't understand though why everything claimed the drive was good when it wasn't weird ...
just not bootable but the drive works in my external case and can be copied too which really has me baffled...  oh well i seen stranger things happen...  :P
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (Abandoned)
« Reply #23 on: November 24, 2014, 01:31:50 pm »
I'm not sure that most disk checking software tests the first 512 bytes .. which is what I'm assuming is screwed.
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (Abandoned)
« Reply #24 on: November 25, 2014, 06:50:54 am »
Though I still think you have a hard drive problem, I thought I'd better bring this to your attention:

I just read this as an Antix M14 known bug:

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Installer gives a warning about my harddrive possibly failing - Fix: apt-get install installer-mx before installation or install gsmartcontrol and check again

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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (Abandoned)
« Reply #25 on: November 25, 2014, 09:50:05 am »
Though I still think you have a hard drive problem, I thought I'd better bring this to your attention:

I just read this as an Antix M14 known bug:

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Installer gives a warning about my harddrive possibly failing - Fix: apt-get install installer-mx before installation or install gsmartcontrol and check again

Source:
http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page
The question of the day is that bug was reported for version 14.1.1, and I downloaded and used 14.2 PAE version, so was it fixed by then?
I tried installing just simple DOS and trying to get it to boot to a C: prompt and dos failed to boot, so did windows 2000 fail to boot after install... So I am quite sure if the drive is not responsible for this error, then the laptop itself has a major problem not seeing the hard drive on bootup but yet it shows in the bios, so i don't know what to say....  He had me order a new drive for it, so when it gets here I will know for sure, cause I have no sata drives in stock only IDE drives on my shelf...   ;)
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (Abandoned)
« Reply #26 on: November 25, 2014, 10:15:49 am »
If I had to guess I'd say the MBR (first 512 bytes of the drive) are screwed so can't hold a bootloader.

Unless of course there's some BIOS setting that protects the MBR ?
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (Abandoned)
« Reply #27 on: November 25, 2014, 10:38:51 am »
If I had to guess I'd say the MBR (first 512 bytes of the drive) are screwed so can't hold a bootloader.

Unless of course there's some BIOS setting that protects the MBR ?
Ok so if i stick the drive which is now on my desk into an external usb case for example and install pep5 to it, and it still don't boot using the bios usb boot selection from f12 menu which boots up the usb sticks would that determine the drive is the problem and not a bios issue?   :-\
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (Abandoned)
« Reply #28 on: November 25, 2014, 11:47:18 am »
Bung the drive in an external case .. attach the external case to another PC (preferably with it's HDD removed) .. and try installing Peppermint, if it doesn't boot it pretty much rules out the Mini10 as the cause and ties it to the HDD

if it installs and boots .. don't install any proprietary drivers, just bung the drive back in the Mini10 and it should work .. if not, it's a problem with the Mini10

Make sense ?

In fact if you have a desktop PC with an SATA HDD .. unplug the desktops SATA HDD, and replce it with the Mini10's SATA HDD .. and try installing Peppermint, then seeing if it boots .. if it does, bung it back in the Mini10 and see if it still boots.

Linux aint like Windows .. you can install it on one PC, then (as long as you don't install any proprietarfy drivers) put the drive in another PC and the drivers will just adjust themselves.
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (Abandoned)
« Reply #29 on: November 25, 2014, 01:43:28 pm »
Well I solved the problem it is booting pep5 from the drive in the mini10... 
If anyone is wondering what the problem was it was the universal usb installer program i had, it was version .1, and today for some odd reason i decided to see if they had a newer version and i found .8, so i was .7 versions behind...  Pep 5 installed on the drive and booted from an external usb case, and after putting drive back into the mini it now boots normally...  who'd a thunk it?  :-\
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