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You don't need a recovery cd. You just need to remove the hard drive and insert it into an external drive caddy. Then it will become just like an external hard drive. You can browse the drive to copy over your new files and then use the drive for backing up your new files in the future.
you need to check your device manager and make sure the device manager is reading the USB ports, if not, you will need top get a USB driver or go to ADD NEW HARDWARE, and search through there until you find universal serial hub or bus then click ADD
Well I'm glad everything worked out. So you just pried the DVD tray open with a paper clip and it opened releasing the DVD and computer worked again? I'll have to try and remember that hahaha Hope you have a great week too ^_^
If you have access to another computer you can go to the gateway site, download and burn the programs you need on cd or flash drive. Then install the flashdrive or cd into the laptop. To find out what programs you need to install on the gateway, go to the control panel>administrative tools>computer management>device manager.
Press Windows Button & Pause/Break to go to the System
Properties (or right click on My Computer and choose Properties, but
the other way is more fun.)
Choose Device Manager.
Expand the Universal Serial Bus controllers section
click and choose Properties of one that says something about PCI bridge
(I forget the exact name and after you fix the problem, this item goes
away. If you aren't sure, you try step 5 and 6 on all of the USB items
in that list.)
Click on the Driver Tab (it's kinda slow loading).
the driver information on top says "Not found" or "Not installed" then
click Update Driver... and let it look for the driver itself (I didn't
need the XP CD but that might be because I keep a copy of it on my hard
drive just incase. You might need it, I don't know.)
After it finds the driver, click Okay and USB should start working immediately - no reboots needed!