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OS System will not install

Last response: in Windows 7
February 5, 2013 6:55:06 PM

I have tried installing several different OS systems on my computer but none of them seem to be installing, in the past i have had Linux Mint 14 installed.
My computers specs are as follows:
Brand - VIBOX
Processor - Intel Pentium running at 2.7ghz
Hard drive -1000GB HDD 7200rpm
and a 2GB graphics card
When i try and boot without any boot media connected it comes up with BOOTMGR is missing ctrl + alt +delete to restart

When i try to boot from a windows 7 iso on a pen drive ( i have legit codes just misplaced the cd) it stops the installation at about 37% and then proceeds to turn itself off

When i try and Install Ubunto 12.10 from a pen drive it takes me to the purple install screen then comes up with a load of stuff including the following: Kernel Panic - not syncing :VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown block (0,0) and does not install.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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a b $ Windows 7
February 5, 2013 7:04:22 PM

Check the HDD for errors. That would be the first suspect in my opinion.
a b $ Windows 7
February 5, 2013 7:11:14 PM

also check that the ram is seated.
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February 5, 2013 7:21:42 PM

I have just checked and the ram is correctly seated, i have formatted the HDD several times, but am unsure on how to check it for errors without an OS
a b $ Windows 7
February 5, 2013 7:22:43 PM

I notice you are installing both from a pen drive. Is this the same pen drive each time? Possible the pen drive is faulty?

I would definitely run some hard drive and RAM diagnostics too.
February 5, 2013 7:26:43 PM

I have tried installing both OS from different CD's burning at 2x speed, i have currently using a pen drive as it is easier to reformat, and i will look into the diagnostics
February 5, 2013 7:32:57 PM

Ok thanks
February 6, 2013 11:13:59 AM

I have installed an alternate hdd from an old laptop and it appears to be running fine, guess i should get the original replaced, thanks for all the help
February 6, 2013 12:15:33 PM

ok the new hdd is now coming up with the same problem, and the memory test has come back fine