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1. Operating System's Disc 2. Drivers and Utilities Disc (you can also download the drivers from the website of gateway.) 3. Anti-virus 4. Programs that you want to add to your computer. It would be a very long post if I provide you with the complete reinstallation steps. You can find a good tutorial in youtube for that. Just search for how to reinstall windows ? . Where ? is the name of the operating system like 7, XP, Vista, or 8. After doing the clean installation. You would need to install the drivers into your computer. Next. Antivirus and the programs. You might also want to add some tech software like RadarSync. This software will make sure that all drivers in your computer are updated. Drivers are small software which can make your computer to work fine. If you have any questions, please drop me a line. David
The laptop probably has a separate partition with restore information (my Gateway laptop does). If you hit "r", any information and files in the laptop HD may be lost, but if you don't care about that, go ahead and press "r". You may or may not need the OS CD that came with your computer.
Did you install from the Gateway-modified version of the Microsoft Windows CD-ROM, or from a "generic" Microsoft Windows XP disk?
If the latter, then your computer is missing the "device-drivers" for some of the Gateway hardware, namely the wireless adapter, and the M.S.C.
So, access Gateway's web-site, enter your model-name and model-number, and look for "downloads" for Windows (XP? Vista?) for your computer.
Download and install the selected device-drivers, to add support for those devices.
Most likely, you are running Windows Vista. What i would do is turn on your computer, tap the F8 key until the screen says Launch Startup Repair or Repair Your Computer (FIRST OPTION)...and then let it scan...if you have no luck, boot from the Vist