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I am trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 and remove my existing Windows Installation. Ubuntu loads fine from the optical drive but then can't find a hard drive to install itself to. Both my optical / hard drive are SATA. I read somewhere that if my bios settings have my SATA Controller running in IDE mode that I should switch them to AHCI. I tried this and now the optical disk isn't recognized either (it just fails to boot from cd and jumps to windows after a spell).

I do so badly want to replace Windows, but I'm not off to a good start. Any suggestions?

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Setting the hard drive to AHCI but leaving the optical drive as an IDE did the trick. Installing now.

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