Great.. I can't get my 9300 to "see" the hard drive. any suggestions?
Well, I got the screen swapped out in my project to get my old Solo 9300 up & running. I then got an error "operating system not found" so, I got out the trusty XP installation disk. However, setup informed me that I did not have a HD installed. Bullwhacky! Its right there, a toshiba 80 gig. I pulled it out, and tried a few other ones to see if any of them work (I have no idea, I got about a dozen in a box at a yard sale) but 5 drives later, still no joy. Either all 5 of the low profile drives are shot, orit is something else. I inspected the connector on the caddy, and one of the small cooper contacts on one side was missing. I would think that the remaining on on the other side would still engage the pin.. but who knows? I quit for tonight. Araliss
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The harddrive is 2.5". Look at the HDD connector. If it consist of 44 holes in 2 rows by 22 on a row, it is parallel ATA, also known as pata, ata and IDE. If it consist of two L-shaped holes with pins inside, it is serial ATA, also known as SATA. About the ram you better go with the laptop to a computer store and test before buy.
ok first your gona wana disable that ios password cuz wat that does is it locks some stuff up tht are critical to the system and then go in to your boot seequence and selct first boot device as floppy then 2 cd 3 hard drive and screw the rest then it should work
I'm pretty sure it will. The only thing is that Gateways of that generationn used a custom connector which plugs onto the hard disks standard IDE / ATA connector.Just pull this extra connector off and you can use the disk in any machine.
Also ,Toshiba used similar adapters,so if Toshiba's using one on your model,then you'll need to palce the toshiba adapter onto the hard disk from your Gateway. You may also have to go into your BIOS ,and make sure the BIOS recognizes the disk if your BIOS isn't already set to "auto detect".
Before opening the laptops try easy things like swapping the memory. Also remove all cards underneath the panels you can get to (wifi. modem, etc) The machine will boot with just RAM inside it. This includes swapping batteries wich can cause failure. If you tried swapping basic parts. Video card and screens are the next step.
Replace the video card and the screen in the machine that runs: First, you want to get the two apart, the screen can be removed by locating the covers inside the lid where the screen is. Usually rubber feet or disc shaped plastic that matches bezel texture. slowly remove screws, also the hinges must be removed. The covers for the hinges usually pop off or are held be a screw in the rear of the laptop. The ribbon cable follows all the way down to the motherboard through one of the hinges, there is a way to guid it out of the hinge area. If you get lucky the screen cable connects to a removable mini card which is your video card. The one with the white screen may have a bad video card.