at the moment my laptop does not have any os i am trying to install ubuntu 10.04 but after the initial installation steps it shows an "input/output error during read on /dev/sda" and the installation stops i have no idea what to do? any help would be very useful. thank you
From your description, it sounds like your disk is dying. To confirm this, I suggest using a low-level disk integrity checking tool, like Salvation HDD Scan and Repair
Formatting the disk will only resolve problems at the filesystem level. If the aforementioned tool detects any errors, your only recourse will be to replace the disk.
sorry,I know this is not a answer,but I can't write a comment
I think that it error because you want to install version that you hardware doesn't support!
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I have this problem,I change the my HDD sata in BIOS. you can read more here .. good luck