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Fujitsu Drive installation on Armada M700 Laptop

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Has anyone had any success with installing Fujitsu 4200rpm ide drives on an Armada M700 Laptop. If so, was there any thing to note, or was it just a typical install?

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  • 348patterson Jan 20, 2009

    M700-Owner
    Jul 3, 2008 15:01:05 GMT

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    Hp Support,

    I just purchased a new haerd drive to install into an Armada M700 P3. The drive I have selected was the Seagate Momentus 5400.2 oem st960822a. In the past I have taken my Windows xp Home cd and had it format the hard drive. When doing such with the new seagate dive, Windows gets as far as wanting to install kp but it gives me a message along the lines of no hard drive found. Why is this? I purchased this drive from Compuvest and was advertised as new and came shipped in a sealed antistatic bag. Do I need to get drivers from seagate to install this drive? Do I need a bios utility to install this drive? It seems that the M700 does not want to recognize the drive. My ultimate goal here is to install the seagate as the master drive of the laptop.

    Please Help,
    M700

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    Steve Huffer Jul 3, 2008 15:07:40 GMT 3 pts

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    The m700 requires the hard drive to be jumpered as "cable select". Most laptop hard drives these days come without jumpers. Do you have the old drive? If so you can see it is jumpered across 2 of the 4 pins that stand off away from the larger group of pins, such that the jumper is parallel to the green board on the underside of the drive. Without jumpering the drive that way, it will not be seen by the computer.

    M700-Owner Jul 5, 2008 16:12:16 GMT N/A: Question Author

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    Steve,

    I tried setting the drive with a jumper to cable select and still get the same results. On another note, I have a hard drive enclosure and can recognize and format it on my dell computer at work through disk management. So the drive is definetly not bad. Any other ideas?

    M700

    Steve Huffer Jul 5, 2008 22:32:18 GMT 3 pts

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    What was the old drive doing? I guess it is possible the hard disk controller on the motherboard is bad.

    M700-Owner Jul 6, 2008 16:53:53 GMT N/A: Question Author

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    Steve,

    The old drive is a Toshiba MK6014MAP drive and worked just fine. I pop it in and had the windows xp home cd format it and installed windows on it. The other drive works just fine. I would rule out the controller. If worsty come to worst, can I install a bios overlay to get this drive to be recognized? If so, what software would you recommend?

    M700

    M700-Owner Jul 8, 2008 16:57:51 GMT N/A: Question Author

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    Steve,

    I just now realized that my Windows xp cd is Xp Home Upgrade with SP2. Could this be a factor? I know the full version has more files with it. Could it be that the right drivers are not included on the xp home upgrade?

    M700

    M700-Owner Jul 9, 2008 15:01:28 GMT N/A: Question Author

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    Steve,

    Another thing I did notice is that when I have the drive set as master (no jumper), I get the to the compaq screen and shortly after I get the drive lock password screen an type "Compaq" and ok pops up and finishes booting. Drive still not recognized by Win XP. The drive light comes on when booting, but the problem lies in the boot process where the drive does not get displayed when read like other systems durning the boot process. Due to the fact that the drive light comes on, I am assuming the drive is being read and recognized. Would it help to try rolling back the bios to the previous version? Should I try clearing the cmos? It would be great if I could troubleshhot this problem.

    Thanks,
    M700

    Jeremy Ronsen Jul 10, 2008 16:29:26 GMT 3 pts

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    Does the BIOS see the hard drive?

    M700-Owner Jul 10, 2008 17:50:48 GMT N/A: Question Author

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    Jeremy,

    How do I know if the bios is recognizing my drive? I have another gateway pentium that when booted it displays the drives that are recognized when booting up. When I boot the M700, I get the compaq logo then it switches black and then the windows xp starts loading. This is how the M700 operates when the 6gb drive is installed. The boot process does not display recognized drives on my M700, therefore I do not know if it is being seen by my bios.

    M700

    M700-Owner Jul 11, 2008 17:32:36 GMT N/A: Question Author

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    Steve/Jemery,

    I have a 2.5" usb hard drive enclosure. I could try that approach. If I keep my 6gb drive with windos on it as my master and place the 60gb seagate in the drive enclosure, I could set it up through Seagate Disk Wizard or in Drive Management under Win XP. I am not sure if it will boot though. If I take this approach, should the seagate drive be jumped to "slave" or "cable select"?
    I think there is an option in Disk Wizard to copy your old drive to the new one.

    M700

    M700-Owner Jul 15, 2008 16:07:45 GMT N/A: Question Author

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    HP Support,

    This morning I just tried installing windows xp home on my laptop with the seagate connected via usb drive enclosure. It get to the point of formatting the drive and displays the following message (please forgive, very lengthy:

    *****Your computer's startup program cannot gain access to the disk containing the partition or free space you chose. Setup cannot install windows xp on this hard disk.

    This lack of access does not necessarily indicate an error condition. For example, disks attached to a SCSI adapter that wasn't installed by your computer manufacturer or to a secondary hard disk controller, are typically not visible to the startup program unless special software is used. Contact your computer or hard disk controller manufacturer for more information.

    On x86-based computers, this message may indicate a problem with the cmos drive type settings. See your disk controller documentation for more information.*****

    I could try to clear the cmos and try another install. How would you clear the cmos? Is it possible to backup the current cmos settings? Are Armada M700's x86-based?
    I am going to check the seagate owner manual to see if there is wording similar to the message above. But I really doubt there will be anything similar. I did a search on the seagate website for drivers but no luck. What a fun troubleshooting project, aughhhhhhhh!

    M700



    Can you make sense of this? What sucks is that the bios of the m700 is limited. Some of the options are shadowed/unaccessible. Is there a way to work around this? I have the most current bios update. I tried installing a mk3018gap drive with no luck. I even tried tweakbios and even the ontrak dynamic drive overlay from diskwizard starter edition with no luck. I think it is relative to ata-4, ultra ata, and udma. 30gb drive is ata-66 and 60gb drive is ata-100. I placed both drives in a gateway solo 9500 and both drives work just fine. Hope this gives you a better picture.



    Thanks,

    348patterson

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I would stay away from fujitsu hard drives. They are complete trash. I would stick with either Seagate Western Digital or IBM. I have the hitachi that came with the machine and although it is slow it still works after over 10 years. I would like to know more about your situation if you need help installing it tell me what it is doing.

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