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Part of GRUB lives in the Master Boot Record (MBR). It may be that whatever you used to wipe the disk did not get the MBR. A format will never wipe the MBR since it is not part of any partition.
You should be booting from some install media. If you install Vista, it will write it's bootloader to the MBR. If you install Ubuntu, it will install GRUB to the MBR. If you want to dual boot, you will have to follow one of those guides for doing fancy bootloader tricks.
Oz, I think you need to re-partition, not reformat. If you can't do this from the Vista install disc, there may be some more Linux leftovers. For example, if there was an ext2/3 partition, Vista might not see it. Now might be the time to try DBAN to wipe the disk -- MBR, partition table, all of it.
i tried a second hard drive and it wouldn't load up. i get an error that flashes real quick about a missing gateway. it tells me to be online (it is). the mother board is an asus p5q pro, a seagate 320 gb hdd, and an intel core2 duo e8400. and a lite-on dvd burner.
rick, i don't know what any of that means.
Oz, what are you booting from when you get this error? Normally, you start by booting from the Vista install disc. When (if?) it finds the hard drive then you partition it and start the install. Part way through the install, the system restarts and needs to boot from the hard drive to continue the install. If your boot list is messed up at this point, you might boot from something else so be sure or use the boot menu (often F12) to pick the hard drive.
The talk of missing gateway and be online sounds like the system is trying to boot from the network. You DO NOT want to boot from the network. You could take that out of your boot list in the BIOS menus.
Check the Boot Order Setup in the Bios Setup.
1. If Multiple HDs Drives, Ensure the the HD you are trying to boot to is Number (1) in the (Secondary Order Screen).
2. In the (Primary Order Screen), order should be something like below:
Look in Asus Manual for what I mean by Secondary Order Screen and Primary Order Screen.
It is abit hard to explain without pictures. Exact Wording will vary.
Oz, these modern Asus boards come with lots of features, some of them may be causing this confusion.
The error message, "no hard disk detected" may be coming from the IDE controller. If you are using all SATA drives, there is nothing attached to the IDE controller so it flashes up that message. That's also why it would go by quickly. If it sat there a long time, it would slow down the boot process.
This motherboard also has ExpressGate, which is the much hyped feature that lets you boot a small Linux environment directly from the motherboard. Since this is a Linux kernel, it might be what is putting up the GRUB message. It would be best to disable ExpressGate in the BIOS for now.
You should go through the all of the BIOS settings and check them. Consult the motherboard for any features you are not familiar with. Also, did you check for and apply a BIOS update?
DON'T FORGET TO GO TO ASUS SITE AND UPDATE BIOS AFTER ALL MACHINE DRIVERS ARE INSTALLED !!!!
Bios probably has had an update since you purchased the MB.
Asus will normally have about (10) during the life of the MB.
Also Expect On-Going Updates for (ALL) Machine Drivers during the life of the MB.
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