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Re: cannot fix partion error
It sounds like its overheating or has bad hardware on the mainboard.
Look at the Capacitors ( the cylinderers with flat tops sticking up from the board) They should have flat tops, if there domed or have crud on top, then they have gone bad and the system will eventually quit altogether. get a new mobo. If you say that the Hard drive is proven good, then its the mainboard.
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win-xp cd or other bootable win-cd, seperate up-to-date antivir software on cd or usb-stick,
boot system from cd/dvd (do not bother if screen resolution is different from usually),
insert antivir-cd or stick, run full system scan.
found infections? remove/erase these files(antivir will do that for you)
if possible, back-up personal data (my folder, music, save games, etc.)
this data has to virchecked by another protected system before reinstallation !
boot from win-xp cd-rom, run setup until repair options are available,
repair your xp on harddisk(xp-will do that mostly), exit setup without installing win xp anew
boot system from hd, ignore error messages, run vircheck again.
It is possible that the HD has failed completely. However, this is a relatively new laptop, so I would suspect that is not the case. Sometimes the HD will lose contact for one reason or another. This can usually be cured by removing the HD and reinstalling it, which will remove any crud from the contacts.
Power supply can be your issue , when windows boots from CD it a mear dos-mode boot , If it was motherbaord problem it wouldn't boot at all . If you move power supply to test the motherboard issue just make sure it enough power to boot the other motherboard ( some pwer supplies can boot all motherboards )
you have probably already fixed this but maybe others can find this a little helpful. i had to downgrade a gateway ma7 for one of my customers who had lost their recovery cd with vista on it. Their HD had gone bad.
The reason the XP installer says "no HD" is because the the drivers required by the gateways Sata controller (hd controller) are not preloaded on the xp install disc. The only way around this is to download the windows xp compatible sata drivers from gateways website and then slipstream them into a custon windows xp install cd. its actually not as difficult as it sounds. just download the sata driver, a slipstreaming program called nlite.
1 download and install nlite 2 put in your xp install cd, and run nlite, when nlite asks, browse to the i386 folder (your installation files) 3 you will have lots of options to choose from, but for this purpose, choose "add drivers" and select the location of the gateway drivers (c:\cabs\something) i think. 4 finish and burn the cd. then use it to install windows xp.
this little guide isnt step by step, but with a little trial and error you should get by
Without a windows xp cd you are left with only 1 option. If you have a different machine which is connected to Internet or has windows xp installed, you can download the boot files from the net or copy the boot files located on the root of C drive (ntldr, boot.ini) onto a pen / floppy drive. then change the boot order in the bios to boot from the pen drive. It should work if you have the similar partioning scheme of the source computer. If booting is successful, u can copy those boot files to your computer's C drive.
formattt that hard drive sound like bad secters in hd run xp dish cheak chdisk u know to fix those bad secters on hd froma bug or sumthign best best u have orginal xp cd not recovery dish operting system disk boot into that del partions make new one then formatt it then install xp fresh update it so on ok
Simple problem you made the partions using FAT 16 file system and 80 GB cannot be partition using win98 10 will limit the disk to 10 GB.
Remove all Partions And Use Windows XP to create partition during Installion.
Its quite easy to repai windows xp. First make sure that your first boot device is CD-ROM. Insert the winxp cd in the cdrom and restart the computer. Now it will ask you to press any key to boot from cd, you press any key and it will boot from the cdrom. Now follow the instructions and windows will show you all the partions then it also shows you that you have windows already installed and to repair it press R. Then you choose the partition in which it is installed using the arrow keys and press R key through the key it will repair the windows xp.