Thinking to take a look at boot structures that vary between how a linux might boot, vs how the win installer kernel boots - might give us a clue... What 'flavor' of linux boots? (Hopefully, Ubuntu - as I have the installer disks here - but, can get whatever...) Is it a 'live' linux (runs from the CD/DVD), a dedicated installer, or both (most Ubuntu...)?
'Nother thing: boot order... I usually recommend that, if your board has a floppy port (even if you don't have a floppy!), you set your boot order to: 1 - floppy, 2 - CDROM, 3 - Hard Disk. This allows you to 'blind flash' the board, should you have a pretty complete BIOS failure or corruption; also allows you to 'interrupt' your boot to stick in, say, a bootable MemTest, UBCD, or other 'tool' disk - it costs a couple seconds each boot, but if you have a BIOS disaster, you won'tbe able to enter the BIOS to change that boot order!
July 25, 2010 3:16:59 PM
The linux is a live linux/installer disk, its Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop edition, i can use it from the disk and install it to my computer as well.
btw, can the IDE channel my cd/dvd-drive is plugged into have something to say?
(it is in a "master" channel)
I have nothing in IDE channel 0...
Is the Plextor actually an IDE drive? IOW, does it connect with a flat ribbon cable? Otherwise, for SATA drives, the whole 'channel/master/slave' thing is simply a 'compatibility appendage'; a setup built into the controller/BIOS/driver that allows the SATA controllers to 'look like' an older, 'twin-IDE cable' controller - it really means nothing as applied to physical SATA controllers...
That's good - I'm pretty positive I've kept my old 9.04 installers; I usually keep 'em stacked one deep, in case I run into trouble with new versions, and have to 'go back one'!
July 25, 2010 4:58:04 PM
ah ok, its not a Sata drive, its IDE.
July 25, 2010 5:01:28 PM
can the cd/dvd-drives reading speed have something to say?
Surprising - I used to buy exclusively Plextors back in the day, when I used all SCSI devices - made, far and away, the best stuff in the business! Glad you got it though - I had little luck with 'surgery' on the boot tracks - my main tool (BootItNG) said they were pretty similar...