post 2000 yr bios required for ubuntu installation *SOLVED*
bitparanoid at yahoo.com
Sun May 20 23:51:43 UTC 2007
Thanks for your help. I wasnt aware of that link and will remember it.
I actually misdiagnosed the problem. I didnt wait long enough for the installation CD to force the installation with the old BIOS. I tried the install again and after a pause it did install ubuntu ok. Later in the installation I had an I/O error with the hard disk but the installation disk overcame that too. I am now up and running fine.
I am a FreeBSD user and this is my first experience with Ubuntu and I have to say Im impressed.
SteVe Cook <yorvik.ubunto at googlemail.com> wrote: Bit Paranoid wrote:
> I recently bought an old Compaq Armada M700 laptop. I have both the CD
> and floppy drives for it, but can only have one in place at a time.
> When I tried to install Ubuntu 7.04 via the CD I received from Ubuntu in
> the mail, it complained that my BIOS didnt make the cut-off date and it
> was "pre-2000".
> The problem is when I go to HP to get a new BIOS update, HP requires you
> download it for various flavors of Windows (only) and when I try to
> update using those the laptop complains ntldr, etc., is missing. I dont
> really want to fool with trying to install Windoze (dont have any CDs
> for that anyway) and I just want to get Fiesty Fawn installed.
> Are there any workarounds for this?
Use FreeDos www.freedos.org
I've updated the BIOS on several machines with it.
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