About eight months ago, I picked up a Dell Latitude C400 from thrift shop, planning to put some sort of Linux on it. The laptop booted, but I got the gray screen of death (later diagnosed as a hard drive lock). Replaced the hard drive with one I know works, and tonight, I figured it was time to install it (well, now that I have time and all the other bits, like an external CD/DVD drive and the cable).
As I'm winding my way through the Ubuntu 9.10 installer (hitting all the defaults), I came upon a wee bit of an issue. The drive's 30GB, but the installer recognizes, uh, 1,688TB. Consequently, it came up with I/O errors trying to install the file system.
Specifically: "SCSI1 (0,0,0) (sdb) - 1688.9 TB ATA (and then something I'm guessing is the hard drive's ID)" for the drive, and it wants to do the following: "partition #2 of SCSI1 (0,0,0) (sda) as ext4", "partition #3 of SCSI1 (0,0,0) (sda) as swap". The locked drive was a Hitachi Travelstar 5400RPM ATA-6 drive, so replacement options are kind of limited. -_-
How can I fix this? It'd be annoying if I had to hunt down ANOTHER hard drive just to use this laptop as expected.
(edited by drjayphd on 24.1.10 2130)
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I am leaning towards bad hardware. I would test it though - try removing it and putting it in another PC to see if it continues to do this. I've never heard of a virus that would do this at POST (power on self test).