Question about Gateway SOLO 9300 PII 400 MHZ 128 RAM 6GB HD WITH HUGE 15" TFT SCREEN (GAT93400) PC Notebook

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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.

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    Araliss Jan 06, 2008

    Well, I went into the CMOS set up and didn't see any choices for formating or setting up a drive.. Sorry, I'm mostly a desktop guy.. but I really need a laptop and am trying to get one running without spending a fortune. can you tell me the procedure for doing this on this machine?

  • Araliss
    Araliss Jan 06, 2008

    well, I was in the XP setup.. and just after starting windows it gives the message that I don't have a HD installed. Its there, it just won't see it.. and without that, it will let me go no further. (that is where the partition/format selections are.




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Have you already done a disk drive partition set up? That might be the trick!

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    Brian Berndt Jan 06, 2008

    I have an old Tex Instruments Laptop that I have done this on many times before. Check back in a little while, and I will try to update. Please check my rating and adjust to FIXYA, if you feel so inclined from the results!

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    Brian Berndt Jan 06, 2008

    I am in the middle of another task at the moment, but I do remember this link, please check it out, and I will see what you have found shortly! Please update me!

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    Brian Berndt Jan 06, 2008
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    Brian Berndt Jan 06, 2008

    I remember needing a BOOT disk to perform the partition. I was using Windows 98 at the time, so I am unfamiliar with trying XP.

    I have found this link:

    I hope that this will FIXYA!



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