Ok, first thanks for taking the time to review and answer this issue. I have a HP dv2000 laptop. The hard drive crashed and burned. I took the hard drive out of another laptop a gateway. When I put it in it booted up and was kinda quirky so I did a full system restore. I got it to boot up but it won't connect to the internet via the ethernet port or wirelessly. When I try to open the wireless manager I get the following message" Intel® PROset/wireless software was unable to detect a supported wireless adapter. Please Install a supported adapter". So I went on HP website and looked for possibly a missing driver and i didn't see one. So now I'm at the point of just wanting to erase the hard drive and start from scratch.
If you don't happen to have a fix for connecting to the internet can you tell me how I format my hard drive without the XP disk? I tried to use the recovery disk but i am getting a message that states something like this "this cd does not compatible with the PC model". I have used these disks on this laptop before and it worked great both times. I am guessing that's because it has all the Gateway software on the hard drive so it will not let me use the HP recovery disk. So I was hoping to start from scratch and it might pick up the disk and recover it. I have looked and looked all over the internet and can't seem to find the answer. I am crossing my fingers hoping that you don't tell me I have to go and get another operating system. Again I appreiate your time and hope to hear from you soon.