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Having problem installing Windows XP on My Acer Aspire T650 Computer

My Acer Aspire T650 Computer came with Windows XP Home Edition installed on it. However, viruses invested the operating system and I had to do a fresh installation. Because the computer did not come with the original OS CD, I used a licensed Windows XP CD to do the installation but each time I tried, I always got an error message that the Hard Drive cannot be found. I have checked the Hard Drive and have found out that it is properly installed. I don't know what to do. Do I need a special bootable CD before installing the Windows XP OS?

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  • jowusah Jul 04, 2008

    Dear BobbyR1234,



    Yes, I did make sure that I set my CMOS setting to check for a CD disk first before booting straight to the hard drive. What happens is that it identifies the CD, then it reads data on the CD, after which it writes STARTING WINDOWS. It then gives me the opportunity to select F8. It is after selecting F8 that it tells me that Setup did not find a HARD DRIVE. Hope this information would help you zero - in on the assitance that I need? Thanks

  • msa1973 Jan 20, 2009

    exactly the same problem

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Before you did the install did you make sure that you set your CMOS setting to check for a cd disk first before booting straight to the hard drive? When you do an install, you must make sure that the computer knows to look for a bootable disk otherwise it will look for an operating system to boot to first. If this is the problem, after you have installed your operating system you must go back and reset your CMOS settings to look for a hard drive or operating system. Hope this help and if it doesn't let me know for further assistance.

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I know ...
change your hdd sata
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The problem is that XPinstallation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on adisk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then,XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP. The FIX. Go into the BIOS anddisable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is aIDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows hasbeen installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver),then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.

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