Linux forum


Computer Turning On and Off After Messing With OSs

by PenguinLiam / January 9, 2017 10:22 AM PST

I was trying to clear windows 7 from my Samsung Laptop and after running a USB drive with Ubuntu loaded on it, it loaded fine. I tried to installing Ubuntu on the PC but in the latter stages of install, while copying files across, it said 'There is an error installing Ubuntu on this device. This may be due to a corrupt or damaged HDD' (or at least something along those lines). After shutting my computer down with Ubuntu running from the memory stick i tried running my Laptop with the memory stick again. When the computer came on, there was a single short beep (not beep code from what I can tell from the phoenix beep code list) and the fans ran for a second before it turned it's self off. About 2 seconds later it turned its self on again and the same happened again and again. I am able to access the BIOS and can change priority but no matter what I do, the same thing always happens. I am able to open the CD drive but as far as i am aware nothing will run from that either.

If it is the corrupt hard drive, i am looking for a way to format it without a USB or disk drive. If it is possible it would help if i could run an OS from an external HDD but i don't know if that is possible.

If it is not the corrupt drive, i was wondering if there was anything else i could do.

Any help is welcomed, and thank you in advance for those who can provide some advice.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Computer Turning On and Off After Messing With OSs
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Computer Turning On and Off After Messing With OSs
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Next time. Ask questions.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 9, 2017 10:34 AM PST

Be sure to put a question mark at the end too.

As to clearing a drive in very rare cases I take the drive to another PC to erase it.

Windows with some RARE exception does not run from USB. It's so much work or cost that I do not write you can do this.

Linux will run from USB on most PCs. Try other Distros (see google) if the one you tried failed.

Collapse -
Should I check the hardware?
by PenguinLiam / January 9, 2017 2:53 PM PST

I tried another linux destro (lubuntu) and the same thing happened again. I know the USB port is working because the auto run program changed the BIOS order automatically. Should i bother checking the hardware? If so how would i go about it?

Collapse -
While I would check the hardware
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 9, 2017 3:33 PM PST

I use Linux to see if the machine is in fair or not shape. It appears that there is some issue with this PC so a repair counter is next. Get estimates.

Collapse -
Use a 64 bit version of Linux
by James Denison / January 9, 2017 3:12 PM PST

You had GPT hard drive setup on this? Using an EFI or UEFI windows system on it? Does the BIOS have UEFI and Legacy modes in it? Use a 64 bit version of Linux that is UEFI capable. I personally use Linux Mint.

Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

Does BMW or Volvo do it best?

Pint-size luxury and funky style

Shopping for a new car this weekend? See how the BMW X2 stacks up against the Volvo XC40 in our side-by-side comparison.