I just bought a desktop computer from BestBuy few days ago. The PC came with Windows Vista Home Edition Premium. Due to some compatibility issues with some softwares, I needed to install a Windows XP Professional operating syste. I put the Windows XP professional CD in the CD Drive and booted the computer from CD and attempted to install windows XP. It asked me if I want to format my hard drive and I said yes! , the hard drive was formatted, then XP setup copied all setup files and attempted to restart the computer, the computer started and returned a message saying
Error Reading Drive
Click Control +Alt+Del to restart.
It seems that my hard drive is not recognized any more. I tried to install Windows vista back, but it said that there is no Hard drive installed, when I tried to load the driver from the CD I got with the computer, it never worked.
I tried to use Windows 98 CD to load command, it said the same and it even said that the CDROM driver is installed.
I have no idea what to do, but I need to get the computer running befre monday morning!
I have Windows 98 CD, Windows XP professional updgare CD, Windows Vista Home Edition Premium CD,
BTW, I also ran the test utility application that came with the computer in the drivers CD from Dell, it tested everything and said there is no problem!
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Re: Hard drive driver problem
It is possible that your hard drive is a SATA and therefore not readily readable by 98, XP but surprised not even by Vista. In any case, since you would still prefer to run XP (due to other software compatibility issues), pls press F6 when prompted by the XP installer. Additionally, you would need to have ready in a floppy the appropriate SATA drivers for your motherboard. They maybe downloaded from the motherboard manufacturer's website or possibly in the installer/driver CD that came with the PC.
Other than the above, it is also possible that you may have some issues with the availability of XP drivers for the other devices for that computer specially if it is branded.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
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No, this software is not compatible with Windows Vista and will never work correctly. Microsoft will never release an updated driver to make it compatible. I went through this very thing myself when I bought Windows Vista 3 years ago. I spent many hours trying to make it work and even contacted Microsoft on this issue. I finally gave up and purchased Microsoft Digital Image Suite Anniversary Edition which works perfectly. I suggest you do the same as you are fighting a loosing battle.
Your current operating system is most likely a version of windows. Depending on your model and type of computer, you may have any of the following versions of windows:
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows XP Professional Edition
Windows Vista Home Basic Edition
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition
Windows Vista Business Edition
Windows Vista Enterprise Edition
Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
Windows 7 Starter
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Enterprise
Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows Thin PC
The specifications of your computer are top of the line and can handle different applications and soft ware. Based on the hardware specs you've posted this should support Windows 7. But keep in mind that some of your hardware components may need be compatible w/ Windows 7 ( like bluetooth, camera, lan adapter, or wlan). In other words they don't have software driver that is compatible w/ Windows 7.
Also, based on Acer's support site: http://support.acer.com/acerpanam/desktop/0000/Acer/AspireM5100/AspireM5100sp2.shtml
This are the only Operating Systems that this model supports:
Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 Windows Vista™ Home Premium Windows Vista™ Home Basic
To reformat the windows vista.There are two options to approach the reformat:
Option #1: Boot from the Windows Vista DVD. This is more complicated to do, but it destroys all data and partitions.
Option #2: Re-install Vista without leaving the desktop. This preserves the previous installation in a folder called Windows.old. Not all info is wiped, however, and you can't destroy your partitions.
First, restart your system. When the computer starts to boot, look for an option before you get to the Windows screen that reads: “Setup” “CMOS,” or “Bios”. This varies between manufacturers. For example, on the boot screen, it says: “F2 =Setup”. The option will flash by quickly so be ready for it and react quickly. You may need to reboot a few times to catch it. Once in the BIOS, look for a setting that says "Boot" or "Boot Sequence". You might have to dig through the menus with your keyboard’s arrow keys to locate the setting. In the listed as Boot Sequence. And to navigate to Startup, then Boot, and then Boot Priority Setting. When you find the setting, change your DVD drive so that it occupies the top of the list. The hard drive that contains Windows Vista should be listed as second in the boot list. And put the Windows Vista installation disc in the designated drive. Now, select the Save Changes and Exit option in the BIOS. The computer will restart and will attempt to read the optical drive you just assigned as the first bootable drive. The system will use the Windows Vista disc to boot and the reformat and reinstall process will start. But You will need to reinstall any programs that are not bundled with Windows Vista and reinstate your preferences and personal files after reformatting the computer and reinstalling Vista. Windows Vista Home Premium Edition upgrade Click here.This downloadable version of Windows Vista is an upgrade only. Users can upgrade to Windows Vista Home Premium from Windows XP Home or Windows Media Center edition.
I hope the following information is helpful.
If you are trying to install the driver for the Broadcom ethernet NIC that was pre-installed (NOT an ethernet card that you purchased and installed yourself), there is a softpack (updated driver installation) download available from HP/Compaq. It will install the driver automatically for you, just download it from the link below and run the ".exe" file.
IMPORTANT: Check to be sure that your current Operating System, and model of the network device you are trying to install, are BOTH listed below BEFORE you download!
This is a software / driver update for the HP Compaq d530 ultra-slim desktop: All Models Supported network devices: BCM5906MBroadcom 10/100/1000 5782 based NICBroadcom 570x 10/100 Integrated controllerBroadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet 5782Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet PCI-ExpressNetXtreme(tm) 10/100/1000 Gb NIC Supported Operating Systems:Microsoft Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
Microsoft Windows Vista Business 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Starter 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 EditionINSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Download the file by clicking the "Download" or "Obtain Software" button and
saving the file to a folder on your hard drive (make a note of the folder where
the downloaded file is saved).
2. Double-click the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions.LINK where file can be downloaded:HP/Compaq Support-Broadcom Driver download Again, I hope this information is what you neededto install your network device. Should this not answer your question, please come back, provide more details of your problem, and we will be happy to help!Best of luck to you!