Question about Computers & Internet
On trying to install WinXP in my Gateway Laptop Model MA7 that came with 160GB SATA HDD, the message I get during Window Startup is HDD not found. I've gone through the BIOS setup and set all the parameters as described to install WINXP without success. Please assist me on what to do.
The machine installs Windows Vista without difficulty but I want to stick with XP as some of my peripherals has no Vista driver.
Thanks as I await your sollutions.
Emma Chukwu (email@example.com)
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
Posted on Dec 04, 2008
My MA7 model gateway won't boot from CD or removable drive how do i go aboput it?
Posted on Nov 18, 2008
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
Mar 04, 2010 | HP Pavilion dv6000z Notebook
Oct 31, 2009 | Gateway MX8711 Notebook
Oct 13, 2009 | Toshiba Portege M200 Notebook
Aug 24, 2009 | Compaq Presario Notebook
Mar 26, 2009 | Blitzz Technology (BWP612) 802.11b...
Aug 13, 2008 | Computers & Internet
Jun 21, 2008 | Computers & Internet
Jun 14, 2008 | Toshiba Satellite Pro A200-EZ2204X...
Oct 11, 2007 | DFI KM400MLV KM400...
Oct 06, 2007 | Computers & Internet
Feb 23, 2017 | Excel Computers & Internet
2,907 people viewed this question
Usually answered in minutes!