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Gateway MX6960 stuck on "Press F11 to start Recovery"

System cannot boot into Windows XP. If I try to run the recovery, it goes through the motions...and when "recovery Successful" is displayed I am prompted to restart, it reboots to "Press F11 to start Recovery" again. In Bios, the HDD is detected, and I can hear it actually spinning up. Trying to boot from an XP installation disk, and I get a "hard drive not detected error".

I have read that maybe I need to install new SATA driver???? where can I get one, and how do you install it without a floppy and without being able to run windows??

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  • breitfeller5 Jan 22, 2009

    I pressed F6 during boot from XP CD as directed. This got me to the "Windows XP Setup" welcome screen. I pressed to begin setup, but I get the error "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer. Press F# to quit.



    Is the set up boot you mention the same as the cd setup ??

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    Cyndy Dec 14, 2013

    I have not even gotten far enough to be directed to push any buttons

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SATA drivers are on the xp disk,you just hit F6 during the install,when it ask you to.

Setup boot can be downloaded from here Just scroll down to the xp section and download to your desk top.Make sure you have 4- 6 floppies ready.once downloaded to the desktop,double click and follow the instruction.

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Posted on Jan 22, 2009

  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough Jan 22, 2009

    No,They have the boot up tools to load drivers and check the hard drive and a few other tools.



    Also,Is this by chance a Vista downgrade?

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SOURCE: Gateway MX6960 stuck on "Press F11 to start Recovery"

Hi!
Excellent description of your problem, I am not familiar with sata drives much although I'm using one in this system I've just built, still an ide guy.
Anyway I presume you just want to install Xp and start afresh? as this is a refurbed machine?
I've never come across F11 before and have installed Xp on many systems.
Perhaps the operating system install files are corrupt?
Try removing the hard drive and make sure it is firmly secured in its caddy. Look for clip damage too as I've broken a tag off this Sata lead, replaced as wasn't secure enough for my liking.
When you start do you cold boot with Xp cd in drive press any key to boot from cd and allow Windows to load all necessary files for full installation.
If this is so and you still get the F11 after system re-booting 3 or more times during install I would be either looking a trying another o/s or hopefully not a machine fault?
I trust this is of assistance? please remember to rate my effort!
Paul 'W'
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Posted on Jan 22, 2009

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