I have a netbook running Windows XP. I'm trying to install Ubuntu on it but am running into the same error message that's described on the following post:
I basically booted from USB and then once Ubuntu was loaded, i tried to install by creating a separate partition. It failed with the hard disk error. Now I'm in a situation where Windows XP won't start either. I just get a flashing white cursor on my screen.
In the above post, one of the suggestions is to check out the disk utility in Ubuntu. i'd like to just format the drive altogether and only have Ubuntu on it... but i have a basic question if i format the drive, will the computer still have the smarts to boot from usb so that i can then retry installing the Ubuntu OS? sorry for the remedial questions but i haven't tried anything like this before. I've always bought windows machines that came pre-installed ... thanks in advance for the help.