I recently suffered from a huge hard drive crash. I got a new hard drive for my laptop, an hp6910us (x2 turion, 3 gb ram...)
The HD is a 750GB 5400RPM SATA drive. After trying to install XP from CD, I learned that my CD drive was broken. Apparently, XP doesn't install well from USB drive, so that's out.
So, I just attempted to install Ubuntu 12.04. Maybe blindly jumping in headfirst with a USB install wasn't the best idea, but I read that it supports most hardware well, and installs easily.
After install, I get a black screen at bootup. I go into recovery mode, and try to repair all packages/dig around to see what system info will tell me.
Right now, I'm letting it repair packages, but it doesn't give feedback on progress at all. Is there a way to reinstall Ubuntu from recovery mode? Or should I just try and find a USB CD drive to install XP from? (If I choose that route, can I have XP and a linux install coexist on the same drive?)