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My recovery CD (gateway 7330gz PC) are no working

I Am triying a full system restore (destructive) using gateway system recovery windows XP hard drive. The disk seem to work well. The problem is that when windows XP setup begins. The computer freeze haft way throught the installation devices.

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  • Anonymous Jun 20, 2008

    help us please

  • Anonymous Jun 29, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. I did make a little progress... I took out the HD and put it into an external enclosure, ran disk cleanup, and defrag. Put it back into the Gateway, and it made it further than it did in previous attempts. But, it still is freezing and won't come back to life. I'm now looking for a new HD to stick in and try....



  • thelilpoint Jul 31, 2008

    I have this same notebook and i have the actually solution guys. No need to thank me but ok so the problem is xp won't install because it hangs on installing devices about the halfway bar. The solution is to once the notebook boots up, press F2. Once you have done this, a menu of some sort pops up and scroll to the advanced column by pressing the right arrow key. There are a series of options in which enabling and disabling is an option. Well i simply disabled most of the middle options except maybe networking. Then i installed xp and with no problem. After i enabled the options once again. The only problem you may face is a sound card issue but not to fear. Go to gateway and look up this notebook model for the correct driver and Bam! you are done. I am not computer genius or anything i just tried hella **** to get this done.

  • courtlegend Dec 09, 2008

    I have a similar problem it seems...

    My laptop has been down for a while, and I reformatted my C: drive a while ago, all my stuff is on a partitioned D: drive, and then when i tried to reinstall none of my windows xp cds would work (i guess my dvd drive is broken?) but when I put in the recovery cd i can hear it loading...

    so it brings me to this..

    my screen won't go past this problem, when i load this comes up
    BROADCOM UNDI PXE 2.1 (BUILD 082) V2.0.4

    and then it does something for about 10 seconds then asks me reboot with a boot drive

    help?

  • courtlegend Dec 09, 2008

    oh ya, and it after the 10 seconds it says MEDIA TEST FAILURE... ???????

  • bknoyes Apr 10, 2009

    I have the same exact model and had to do the same thing 3 weeks ago and the same thing happend. It froze up about half way through the proscess. The only solution for me was to do a full OS install using a reatail windows XP professional that i already had from one of my older desktops. It installed perfictly and all I had to do was (using my other desktop computer) download all the system software and drivers from the gateway site and that was it. I also had to call and activate the os but otherwise it actually works better and runs faster

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    Bob Puissant Apr 30, 2009

    once i start the recovery cds it says no hard disk found. So now what do i do???

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I have the same problem with my Gateway 7330gz. My laptop got infected with spywares and it was so annoyed that I have to think about recover the system. So I did it with Gateway Recovery software. I chose the recovery option (press F11 when boot up)from hard drive since my dvd drive was broken. It went well but when it boots up again and Windows XP says detecting and installing the drivers and such, it was frozen haft way through. I turned off power many times to reboot but it kept freezing at that point. I search Internet for help and seen this post. Wonderful! I press F2 to go to BIOS setup screen, use right arrow key to move to Advance menu option. There I use down arrow key to select SpeedStep, hit (-) key to disable it. Then F10 to save and exit, hit enter for OK button. The system boots again but this time it was no longer freezing, the setup process went through ok and continues...I am so happy and type this message so it might help others with the same issue. Thanks

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I also had the same problem. I talked to Gateway Tech. Just after you turn on laptop push F2, this will put you into the BIOS. Push the Right Arrow key to Advance. Click on that, go down to the INTEL Speed. Use the +or - key to disable it. Push F10 and start the recovery CD. This will work. After redoing the HD remember to go back and enable the INTEL speed.

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You need to disable the Hyper threading tech in the bios before you restore.i have that pc an thats what gateway told me an it worked.

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I had the same problem. After receiving not 1 but 2 CD`s from Gateway my system would still freeze up before finalization. I proceeded to run a full restore and when prompted to remove the cd I than installed a complete OS disk believe it or not from an older DELL desktop.I put the disk in the cd rom before restarting. I had to contact Microsoft to varify my OS and than had to run all Microsoft updates now all is well. Hope this helps you...Joe

Posted on May 15, 2009

I think I've been having the same problem as well. Your computer might want you to place Recovery disks inside it.

Posted on Jul 12, 2008

Im having the same problem any help someone could give the both of us would be awsome

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I had that same problem with a laptop before, and it turned out that the motherboard went bad on it. Hopefully not, but it may be your motherboard is bad as well.

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