I finally made the plunge--I didn't want to mess up anything on my present computer so I bought a new computer (Asus P5GC-MX/1333 mother board) with a Hitachi 160 GB HD and an Optiarc DVD.
I've tried to install Ubuntu 7.10 and 8.04-- both with no success.
I keep getting a message "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot medium in selected boot device and press any key...
My computer's setup reads as follows:
Primary master--not detected
Primary slave --not detected
3rd master--Hitachi HD
3rd slave---not detected
4th master not detected
4th slave-- optiarc DVD
My questions: is this configuration amenable to setting up an operaating system from the CD to the HD? What could be the reason for not being able to get ANYWHERE in the installation?
I've tried changing the configurations but all variations have been unsuccessful. Could the fault be in my Program discs? I dowloaded them from the Ubuntu site and think that it was done properly. Culd it be that my MoBo is not compatable with Linux (is there such a possibility?)
Thanks in advance for suggestions.