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I have a 6 year old computer running Windows XP that I want to switch to Ubuntu Linux only. However neither the install disk (DVD) for 12.04 nor 13.10 will recognize the existing hard drive with Windows XP nor a new empty SSD on which I want to install Ubuntu.This a problem that I have never before encountered on any other computer.

The motherboard is an XFX board with both SATA2 and IDE connections. The hard drive and SSD are SATA and the DVD R/W is IDE.

The computer also has a SCSI card which I use with a film scanner and an 11 X 14-inch flatbed scanner. Just in case the bios on the SCSI card was causing a problem, I removed the SCSI card. No difference.

I have read a number of cases where individuals have had a similar problem and tried the solutions suggested. None worked.

I installed Ubuntu 13.10 on to a USB thumb drive using another computer and booted the XFX board from that thumb drive. It booted and ran OK albeit very slowly. Still Linux did not recognize either the SSD nor the hard drive.

I removed the SSD from the computer, connected that SSD to another computer and installed 12.04 to that drive. Next I reinstalled the SSD to a SATA port in the XFX based computer (only drive installed now). The computer would not recognize the SSD. Next I connected the SSD to a USB port using an adapter. The computer booted just fine off the USB connected SSD. I am using the computer now.

Question: How can I get Ubuntu 12.04 to recognize drives connected to SATA ports??

Any suggestions?

Thank you, Bill

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What is the CPU? Some CPUs just won't work with a 64-bit or 32-bit non-PAE distro, so which distro are you trying to install? Ubuntu (Unity), Kubuntu, Classic Gnome Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu? –  K7AAY Mar 25 '14 at 8:03
The processor is an older (2008) AMD Athlon dual core processor. I have tried to install both 12.04 32-bit (Version 20130906ubuntu0.12.04.1 currently running on external SSD) and 13.10 64-bit versions. I am able to run either version from a drive connected to the USB2 port but not from a drive connected to a SATA port. –  user261710 Mar 26 '14 at 13:21
Suggest you try the xubuntu.org/getxubuntu distro instead. –  K7AAY Mar 28 '14 at 3:58
I just booted Xubuntu 13.10 64 bit from the install DVD. Xubuntu does not recognize the two hard drives connected via SATA2 on this computer. Thank you for your suggestion. –  user261710 Mar 29 '14 at 17:10

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