Question about PC Laptops
Hi, I bought a HP G7000 Notebook PC, It's comes pre-installed with vista, which I despise. Anyway, I want to replace Vista with XP. So I decided to boot it up with the XP disk in. All went well till I got the message 'Windows did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer.' I realise this is because the XP boot disk doesn't contain the drivers for the newer HD in the laptop. There is a lot of stuff regarding having to find these drivers but nothing to say; where to find them, what to do with them or how to use them, etc... My question is how do I install the drivers for the HD, I clearly can't add them to the XP boot disk, so what do I do? The only vague link I can find tackling this involves a floppy drive which I don't have. The laptop only has one DVD drive.
Go into the Bios and turn the Sata enhancement feature to disabled, that worked for me.
Posted on Dec 16, 2008
It also worked for me to disable the SATA enhancement, but what is the real effect of this?
Posted on Dec 29, 2008
Just go to bios and disable legacy drive enhancement this will sort you out.
Posted on Dec 23, 2008
Stezza, I regret to inform you that HP does not recommend to downgrade the operating system from Vista to XP. Because there are no drivers for XP in the HP website for the Notebooks which are shipped with the Vista operating system. However, if you wish you can install the XP. But, before installing XP you need to install SATA drivers.
Here is the weblink to install SATA drivers. If you have Intel process in your Notebook then only install it.
Please do not click on the link. Copy and paste it in a new Internet Explorer window.
Posted on Aug 24, 2008
The reason why that happen is not because of the absence of the HD drivers but because you are using pirate window XP software to boot.
Posted on Jun 30, 2009
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If you have a copy somewhere of C:\SwSetup folder from Vista, you have all pre-installed Vista software for your model.Should find there HP QuickPlay,etc. This software will also work under Win7.
seems to provide the best thorough approach to getting those drivers installed & working.
However, someone claims, on this forum page(last post on the page) that all you need to do is use the "windows online driver search" function, and it will handle all of the messy work of locating, downloading & installing.
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