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MX6426* - WINXP ME w/sp3 - F11 loop

MX6426* - WINXP ME w/sp3 -
Problem: stuck with F11 loop for access or boot option into recovery partition while trying to restore HD damaged by Uniblue's Registry Booster to make drv/apps cd for new HD.

* refurbished so did not receive option at first start up to create recovery CD's. Gateway provided one, but after using it on New HD, only loads OS, no OEM drivers or apps.

Have hooked up HD via USB, can see that the recovery is there but don't have a clue how to get to it.

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  • 1centwiz Jul 20, 2009

    no, it's the Media Edition of XP, I guess it's different? no clue...

  • 1centwiz Jul 20, 2009

    Thanks for effort to put up the links, but I am only able to see the text on the pages, no download locations or full text answers.
    Gateway support has not been terribly helpful since it's a refurbished laptop. I found most of the drivers but it was a long hunt on line to find the updated ones.
    Currently I'm thinking if I could get in through DOS and set the boot.ini. file properly, then it would boot into recovery partition on the disc. THere I have all of my recovery's saved in addition to full registry back-ups br ERUNT that I can re-install for the registry issues. It's the Gateway Recovery part that I was to keep so I can run the apps and drivers cd that never got run when I recievd the laptop.
    Does anybody know if it's possilbe to get that partition to work via USB connection outside of the laptop? I can read files, but the OS files give me a warning that I have no access to them.
    My thinking is if I can get this HD up and running then I can make the recovery CD's for the apps and drivers and then wipe the ****** and use it for stoage.
    My new HD is big enough to handle the recovery partition, but how to get it over to it is my delima. copy and paste?
    Also, found drive cab file - shows up as rar. would this be the file I'd need to reload all the proper drivers and how would I use it?
    THanks....


  • Aaron Fox
    Aaron Fox May 11, 2010

    Ah I see, I thought you were talking about Windows Millenium Edition, not Media Center. Unfortuantly, I am not familiar with some of the programs you are referring to so I will step out of this until I see an opportunity to add something useful.

  • Aaron Fox
    Aaron Fox May 11, 2010

    You are dual booting windows xp and ME?

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Hi, ipresume u have hooked it up to another PC using a external S-ATA-USB- case, so that the PC recognizes your drive as one of his, but u are unable to boot from it,as it is handled like a thumbdrive.
can u access the data on the disk?
if yes, make a safecopy of everything personal,
you may even try to make a back-up using the
win-back-up function, just to have a complete copy of the harddisk...,
then format drive(blank it) and put back into laptop.Now setup a new clean copy of WINXP
and yes, you may have to reinstall all the drivers+progs+private data as well...

I hope this option works for you.

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