The hard drive I have in my laptop is a S-ATA drive, so I've tried plugging it into my PC and running it from a Virtual Machine (by VMWare Software) and it boots. I'm having trouble understanding why Windows XP MCE, and Vista both booted on it before I wiped them? I have formatted the HD countless numbers of times during the installation of the Linux distros but I'm still having a problem. For those who need to know, the laptop is a CyberPower Gamer Xplorer-90 (which is a custom version of the MSI M677).
That is the laptop above for those interested. Any help is much appreciated and any further steps you could possibly advise would be brilliant. To be honest I am not a novice user at all and it's not often I come across a problem I am unable to solve. If there is anyone who can help with this particular problem, don't be afraid to use the big long words, I won't be confused!
Thanks in advance,