Clean Install....

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by ameilius, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. ameilius

    ameilius OSNN Addict

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    i got sent a replacement hard drive from gateway, sata 80gb

    bios sees the hard drive

    but when i load windows home setup, it tells me theres no hard drive

    any ideas?

    gateway tech is clueless

    please help
     
  2. ameilius

    ameilius OSNN Addict

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    FYI - i know i have to load the sata controller drivers (which ive found)

    heres the problem...

    i have no floppy :(
     
  3. ray_gillespie

    ray_gillespie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    You should be able to burn those onto a bootable CD, or better still slipstream them into a copy of your windows CD with Service Pack 2. You may even be able to put them onto a USB disk and get them from there.
     
  4. madmatt

    madmatt Bow Down to the King Political User

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    Correct me if I am wrong, but XP does not support loading F6 drivers from a device other than a floppy.

    2003 and Vista are only capable of that.
     
  5. fitz

    fitz Just Floating Along Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    you are correct.. XP only supports 3rd party drivers during install from a floppy.

    As mentioned, you are looking at needing to slipstream them onto a new install disk (but, if this is your only computer, you're probably SOL on that one unless you know someone else with a computer and a burner to slipstream a new install disk).

    The other alternative is to go out and buy a USB Floppy drive. These will 95% of the time be recognized by the XP install as a regular floppy. Pop the driver onto the floppy/USB Floppy drive, hit your F6 and load your drivers and away you go..
     
  6. madmatt

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    On the subject of USB floppy devices. I've read there are very few of these actually work during XP installation.

    IBM USB Portable (part number ASM P/N 27L4226 or FRU P/N 05K9283) is known to work.
     
  7. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    Yup, saw that in Maximum PC too. Those are only two of the three known models that will work, no mention of the third but apparently it won't be "found" anyways.