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voncloft
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:50 am    Post subject: I can't boot into linux Reply with quote

I have tried to boot into gentoo - but I can't
the grub comes up but then get a message stating

softreset failed device not ready
then kernel panics

Is my hard drive dead?

I have tried switching everything to IDE in the motherboard, tried different SATA ports, and Sata cables, I can't even use a livecd it still states softreset failed.
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voncloft
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

just found out hard drive is dead - attempted to boot a windows cd just to see if it could see something to install on ....and the drive was not seen.
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Roman_Gruber
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

check your bios settings too
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tw04l124 wrote:
check your bios settings too

+1 check your drive presence in bios, because Windows may not see a drive if it is attach to a controller that need a driver for it ; so your Windows check is not sane.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Softreset failed is a drive error message though. One other thing you can do is unplug the cable from the drive and boot from a live CD, then plug the drive cable back in and watch dmesg and/or use smartctl to check the diagnostics.
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