Posted 04 May 2008 - 02:41 PM
Posted 04 May 2008 - 03:28 PM
Posted 04 May 2008 - 04:08 PM
you could erase your harddrive with boot and nuke
copy/burn it to cd
heres a tutorial on boot and nuke
if you decide thats the way you choose to go
Edited by Mr Freeze, 04 May 2008 - 04:08 PM.
Posted 05 May 2008 - 07:09 AM
Moving on, he cannot install windows because the installer does not see a hard drive. It cannot see a hard drive because the windows installer has no SATA driver in it. If these companies would actually take the time to think about this, they would create their own custom CDs to save users such a hassle, but no, instead they use disc images to just drop right onto the hard drive and move onto the next one. What's this do? It forces people to stay with one install forever, figure out how to fix it (next to impossible for Joe User) or switch to a more advanced OS which sees the hard drive with no problem (linux).
What he needs is the following. I've attached a zip file of the self extracting executable of the intel hard drive controller matrix, which has the drivers he needs inside of it. I have yet to successfully do this in linux, and although I did it for this machine when I installed XP I have since forgotten the program I used to extract the files from the exe. So I can't do that part.
Once these files are extracted, he must use nLite to create a custom windows install which incorporates these drivers, create the ISO and burn it to CD, and once that is done it should pick up his hard drive no problem.
Posted 05 May 2008 - 07:19 AM
Do you have a Driver cd?
If you do, boot from it first and format/erase the hard drive.
Follow the instructions from there.
Posted 05 May 2008 - 07:43 AM
Find the model of your computer here and download the files and drivers you need.
Posted 05 May 2008 - 07:52 AM
Btw, the name of the program to extract the drives is called winimage.
Posted 05 May 2008 - 08:24 AM
Just put in the number in that box or find the right model.
And you can get everything that is supposed to be in that model.
Since you have the XP cd then the rest should be on Gateway's site to make a boot disk. They are dependable imo.
If the restore system is not built into the hard drive then they will have a driver cd to boot from before you use the xp cd. - That's my experience with Gateway, and I have a few.
Posted 06 May 2008 - 06:04 AM
Posted 06 May 2008 - 06:08 AM
Btw, does anyone else feel like companies are making it harder and harder to change the OS your computer comes installed with?
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