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Help me to install WinXP in a Gateway Laptop that came with SATA HDD

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.
Regards,
Emma Chukwu (digitrust@yahoo.com)

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  • mgsayed Aug 25, 2008

    i have a gateway laptopm MA7 but win xp did not find the sata HDD

  • oldchump Sep 28, 2008

    i am having same issue while installing win xp sp2 but with vista it is working fine .

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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

-Nele, MCSE

Posted on Dec 04, 2008

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My MA7 model gateway won't boot from CD or removable drive how do i go aboput it?
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