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Stuck in "Press F11 to start Recovery"

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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  • breitfeller5 Jan 22, 2009

    GATEWAY MX6960 notebook stuck at “Press F11 to start recovery” during boot-up



    During a recent re-boot of my Gateway MX6960 notebook, without an obvious reason, the XP installation failed to recognize the SATA hard drive. With every re-boot, I was faced with a “Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer” error.

    The hard drive checked out ok (spun up normally), and was recognized by the Phoenix BIOS so I assumed it to be working. I tried the System Recovery utility from Gateway but kept getting the same error.



    After many hours of research, I stumbled onto the “How-To Geek”. Google it and you can read exactly how I did what I did to resolve the issue. Basically, it said that the SATA drivers had become corrupt for some reason and had to be re-loaded into XP. The SATA drivers are not included in the OEM installation disk, so as I tried to re-install the OS, it failed. The problem was that the driver install.exe’s I found on line were designed around a floppy drive. This (like most) notebooks, does not have a floppy drive. So I had to figure out a way to integrate the new storage drivers onto a bootable XP installation cd. I found out the process is called slip-streaming .



    Here’s how I did it:




    1. On a separate computer (with a cd burner), download and install a program called nLite. I had to also install .NetFramework V 2.0.50727

    2. Into a temporary folder I downloaded and extracted the SATA HDD driver I needed for my notebook. The files can be extracted from your downloaded file with a program called WinImage.

    3. Running nLite, the necessary installation files were then extracted from the OEM XP disk and placed in another temporary folder. Then they were combined with the new SATA drivers and either can be saved as an .iso image or burned directly onto a customized bootable Windows XP installation cd.



    Once the new CD was made, I booted up to the cd drive, and was back in business. Many thanks to all who posted, and many thanks to the “How-To Geek” for setting me straight.

  • breitfeller5 Jan 22, 2009

    GATEWAY MX6960 notebook stuck at “Press F11 to start recovery” during boot-up



    During a recent re-boot of my Gateway MX6960 notebook, without an obvious reason, the XP installation failed to recognize the SATA hard drive. With every re-boot, I was faced with a “Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer” error.

    The hard drive checked out ok (spun up normally), and was recognized by the Phoenix BIOS so I assumed it to be working. I tried the System Recovery utility from Gateway but kept getting the same error.



    After many hours of research, I stumbled onto the “How-To Geek”. Google it and you can read exactly how I did what I did to resolve the issue. Basically, it said that the SATA drivers had become corrupt for some reason and had to be re-loaded into XP. The SATA drivers are not included in the OEM installation disk, so as I tried to re-install the OS, it failed. The problem was that the driver install.exe’s I found on line were designed around a floppy drive. This (like most) notebooks, does not have a floppy drive. So I had to figure out a way to integrate the new storage drivers onto a bootable XP installation cd. I found out the process is called slip-streaming .



    Here’s how I did it:




    1. On a separate computer (with a cd burner), download and install a program called nLite. I had to also install .NetFramework V 2.0.50727

    2. Into a temporary folder I downloaded and extracted the SATA HDD driver I needed for my notebook. The files can be extracted from your downloaded file with a program called WinImage.

    3. Running nLite, the necessary installation files were then extracted from the OEM XP disk and placed in another temporary folder. Then they were combined with the new SATA drivers and either can be saved as an .iso image or burned directly onto a customized bootable Windows XP installation cd.



    Once the new CD was made, I booted up to the cd drive, and was back in business. Many thanks to all who posted, and many thanks to the “How-To Geek” for setting me straight.

  • fmr888 May 11, 2010

    do a restart but do not touch any buttons to start it. i need to know what it does at this point. did you install internet explorer beta 8, if so go to help option and pick the help system and uninstall it. It can cause this problem with an XP. You also need to check how you have the orginal screens set up were you can change it to no password needed to get in (classic mode)

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I woud contact Gateway and ask. It can be many problems. Did you have this laptop every working before or did you just buy it used. The HD may be locked.

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