How old are the computers? Might be a good idea to update the bios on them as a start. Also in the bios did you check to ensure it was set to boot from the hard disks instead of diskette or cdrom or flash device?
ok i checked boot loader, its fine, i reset mobo via the boid admin area as well as removing battery for a bit and putting back in, no luck.
i put the hard drive in a working computer and installed ubuntu next to win7, updated it completely and put it back into the non working computer, first i get something about grub error... which,, heh,, after is when i actually updated ubuntu.. and now i get a plain
Read Error nothing else, not Disk Read Error, just Read Error..
i am confident something is wrong with the mobo and or CPU. since thats the only two items left in the computer when i got them. i understand it may be time to make Funeral Arrangement's but if theres anything else i could try i would love to give it a a shot.
when i try to install ubuntu on another hdd, ubuntu tells me i need more disk space.
But i certainly have plenty.. and the HDD works on other computers fine, ran chkdsk, no problems..
im able to run ubuntu straight from the disk.
not sure if it matters, but my mouse stops working a minute or so after booting ubuntu from disk.. but im still able to do keyboard stuff.. mouse is usb, keyboard is serial. .or what ever that other piece is with pins..
i feel like being able to boot from disk means i should be able to fix what ever problems i have, i just dont know what the heck they are.
no, but the ram stick i got i use in another computer just fine.
i got these two computers for free from a friend of my dads who does computer work, i have a strong feeling he over clocked them both and broke them. iv Flash Bios . .
what other options do i have?
what could this be besides memory.. although i will check this i feel thats not the problem, any ideas?
Why does ubuntu keep telling me i dont have enough HDD space to install ubuntu, even though i have plenty..
Its likely your suspicions are correct and the mobo or CPU is broken. Its harder to tell with CPU. If you have another mobo that can fit into the CPU to test, you can do that. Aside from that, you've tried pretty much everything.
thats the thing, on the SATA (from a working computer) i was going to do a fresh install but when trying to instal ubuntu, before i was able to format, it said i didnt have enough space on the HDD.. (i had plenty) and did not have an option to format at that point
I would check the RAM and BIOS settings first. You could also run memtest86+ from your Ubuntu live USB stick - I think it should appear in the grub menu. If not, download and prepare a bootable USB stick with memtest86+.
Once you can rule out memory issues, check that your hard drive is connected to the right port and has the correct BIOS configuration. Most modern systems use AHCI for SATA drives.