its rare but possible. it could be that the bios write protect jumper is enabled on the mobo that is causing the issue too
was the pc so cheap because you bought it used?
Yeah, it was used and it was sold as "hard drive wipped off" so I figured I would only have to install an OS or put a new hard drive in.
I guess I'll have to stick to Ubuntu!
Anyone up for game of Gnome-solitaire??? :P