Question about PC Laptops
The problem is that the hard drive in the unit is a SATA (serial) drive. And The XP cd will not see your hard drive without the SATA drivers. You said that you clean out your hard drive, did you delete all partitions? HP puts the recovery files on a D partition if it is still there, there is hope for recovering Vista and all the drivers. If not you may need to order the Recovery cd's from HP.
Try this when you boot the laptop, hit F11 as it is booting. See if the recovery menu comes up. If it does, than proceed with a full recovery. If it does not, then you will need the cd's.
Here is a HP document on how to add serial drivers to a XP installation
You may have to copy and paste the link into your browser.
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Posted on Oct 16, 2008
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