Damnit. I win a super duper auction on eBay just 2 hours ago, one hour later my ___ing comp fails! WHY?!!!
So, I am on my Fedora Core system happily burning a CD and responding to emails. I pull out a USB flashdrive as well. I notice suddenly, things are lagging a lot. I try control alt backspace (which normally brings you to the login screen in Linux, it's like ctrl+alt+del in Windows). No response.
So I go to restart comp.
It goes through the normal startup until it gets to a point where it says "seraching for journal, ext2 not found". Something among those lines. I try this again many times with no success. Ext2 is a hard drive format...
Then somehow I got into a point where I had grub and that's all. So I stick in my Linux rescue CD. It gets to the point where it is searching for other linux distro's. THen it says it found none, therefor cannot continue. I was just using Linux 30 minutes prior..
So I stick in the Fedora Core CD1 and try to do a reinstall. And....it says HDC must erase all data for some reason. Reluctantly, I say okay. It says Hdc cannot be recognized.
I try booting off a Live Linux, it won't work. I have my BIOS to first try booting off my DVD rom, then CD burner. I stick in a Linux live in each one and get the same result:
A black screen with white text saying Insert proper boot media into disc and press any key to reboot".
I've run my Knoppix CD on this very comp before . So I know some hardware has failed, but any ideas what? I thought it might be the hard drive, but really it's made no squealing noises or anything irregular. It's a maxtor, about 2 or 3 years old. I've got hard drives from 5+ years ago that still work.
Motherboard is an MSI Neo, a little over a year old.
RAM is about a year old, a 400mhz stick of Crucial. 512MB
Intel P4 2.8ghz processor with stock heatsink (I know, but I am too cheap to upgrade)
I think it is hte motherboard at fault, which would be ideal because I want some of the things on that hardrive. I think that whatever takes care of handling data from your IDE devices has gone capoot. But I don't really know, and don't to just start buying replacement parts with just my instinct to go on. Can anybody help please?