Boot options replaced with "FDD"

candrade

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Hello,

Currently I am working on a Toshiba Satellite with windows XP 2002 home edition. and I have a infrufrating problem. I am in the process of wiping Windows and installing Ubuntu but unfortunately I cannot. I'm attempting a DVD installation of Ubuntu but my bios no longer recognizes my cd/DVD drive nor my USB for that matter. The only options is HDD with the normal options all being replaced with "FDD." What's peculiar is how sudden this happened as I actually had the DBAN software loaded correctly ready wipe the hard drive, but decided that before I do that I would test to see if the Linux OS would run off the dvd first before I replaced Windows. Once I tried to boot Ubuntu(after successfully booting DBAN) from the CD/DVD drive it crashed and since then there's no option to boot from the drive again. Only FDD

I did some preliminary troubleshooting: I disabled the HDD in the bios forcing the computer to boot from whatever FDD is. Nothing ng happened nothing booted. I loaded windows and discovered that both the CD and USB drive are connected and in working order which leads me to conclude that this is an BIOS issue, I'm fairly lost any help would he appreciated!
 
"FDD" could refer to floppy disk drive (this is an old laptop after all). You might try to reset the BIOS: just as on a desktop board there's a BIOS battery on a laptop. In addition to unplugging the power adapter you would also remove the main battery, then the BIOS battery might be under a panel somewhere on the bottom of the laptop. The exact location varies by laptop model as does the amount of disassebly needed to get to it, I'm afraid.

Before you go crazy it might be worth a check to see whether that battery is visible under a bottom panel.
 

candrade

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Thank you for the prompt answers. I was overacting, resetting the bios did the trick. What caused the error seems to be related to the DVD I inserted. I need to install a older version of Ubuntu most likely. Many thanks!
 
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