Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Knoppix not showing XP hard drive on laptop

  1. #1
    Junior Member registered user
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    10

    Knoppix not showing XP hard drive on laptop

    I have a dead Compaq laptop with WinXP SP2 that won't power up or do anything. No lights, nothing. Battery and power supply are good. So I took the hard drive out of that and put it in an older Dell laptop but it wouldn't boot up. So then I used the Knoppix 4.0 CD in the Dell to boot up, but when I get into Knoppix it only shows the CD ROM drive and floppy drive, but no HD. Does this mean the HD is shot? (It shows up in the BIOS).
    I have to use "failsafe" to get knoppix to load on the Dell, if that means anything.

  2. #2
    Senior Member registered user
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    117
    If the bios registers the hard drive, I would say there is still a fair chance of being able to recover the data. The only thing is because you had to boot up in"failsafe", many of Knoppix's capabilities are not enabled, so may be that's the problem. Could you try hooking up the drive to another computer instead of the Dell, and run Knoppix from there?

  3. #3
    Junior Member registered user
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    10
    I may be able to try it in another laptop, but this is the only one I have right now. I was thinking that I may be able to get knoppix to boot with some other features enabled but I'm not sure which ones I need or which would work. I figured seeing the hard drive would be a basic function, so after the normal boot failed I went to failsafe without trying anything else.

  4. #4
    Senior Member registered user
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    117
    Ok, in that case, you may want to try the cheat code: knoppix nodma I have seen many notebook problems that needed this.

    A good list of cheat codes is found here: http://www.knoppix.net/wiki/Cheat_Codes

    In the laptops section of this forum you may also find many examples of people who had problems starting Knoppix on their laptops, and what fixes they used to get it working.

  5. #5
    Junior Member registered user
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    10
    Thanks, that did the trick! nodma and selecting a different video mode allowed it to see the drive so I know the drive is still working.

  6. #6

    Similar Problem

    Hey, I'm having a similar problem, so I didn't want to start a new thread.

    To provide background:

    I'm using a live knoppix 5.0 cd and an ibm thinkpad z61t.

    The laptop was dropped and was unable to boot from windows. It gets as far as the loading screen, then automatically reboots. It was then taken to my university's computer department to be looked at. While they said there was nothing physically wrong with the hard drive, they opted to replace it (covered under the warranty). They provide a backup service for school data, but not for music and pictures (the later of which are irreplaceable and are the goal for this issue).

    Now, because they went in to do the back up, I know it is possible to access files, meaning that the drive is not dead.

    I've successfully gotten knoppix to run, however the harddrives don't showed up.
    I have tried the codes: nodma, noapic, and noagp... and of course will continue to try all the others in the hard-drive list. But I'm thinking: is there anything else I can do with the program? or even in general?

    I know it's recommended to try the hd in another computer, but all I have to work with is another laptop at the moment... and I don't know how easy that would be.

    Thank you very much for any help.

    ~Marco

Similar Threads

  1. hard drives showing up as sd
    By ranmaaaron in forum Hardware & Booting
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-31-2007, 02:59 AM
  2. Flash Drive not showing up on Knoppix 4.0 HD install
    By randy8080 in forum Hdd Install / Debian / Apt
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-21-2006, 07:09 PM
  3. booting knoppix on laptop with no hard drive
    By neamcd in forum Hardware & Booting
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-14-2005, 05:30 PM
  4. Hard drives not showing up anymore?
    By cyris in forum MS Windows & New to Linux
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-13-2004, 04:32 PM
  5. boot from usb hard drive on laptop with no floppy
    By holyboy in forum General Support
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-05-2003, 03:45 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •