I recently upgraded my computer's HDD from 320 GB to 500 GB. It's a Toshiba L650.
I tried to install Windows 7 on it but due to some file error I wasn't able to install it successfully. While installing Windows I made some partitions and later when the Windows 7 didn't install successfully I deleted the partitions by connecting that HDD to some other computer externally.
So, I tried installing Linux from a DVD now and at boot time – before the actual installer starts –, it shows:
no bootable disks found, insert bootable disk and press enter.
I made sure to set the boot order to CD/DVD. I've also verified the HDD is running (the light is blinking) and that the disk size is supported by the system.