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arnoldlayne22 01-09-2009 12:30 PM

William,
I'm trying to re-install WinXP on a Toshiba Portege 3500. I've followed your directions carefully, DOS 7.1 went in with no hitch, copied the I386 and Smartdrv.exe onto the drive, put the drive back into the tablet, and it booted up in DOS just fine. I did the installation start, but when the tablet reboots to continue installing WinXP, it says "Disk error, press any key to restart." I tried that a few times, with the same result. Any ideas? Thanks for your attention and any help you may be able to render!

va_style06 01-19-2009 09:27 PM

Re: Install Windows XP without floppy or cd drives
 
Hi, I am tryin to install XP on my laptop, i bought an external cd drive but the problem i'm havin is with the SATA native mode. its a Gateway MX1023 Notebook, I have been tryin to disbale it but i cant seem to find a disbale option in the bios, secondly i download the drivers for the SATA controller 4rm Gateways site copied to the floppy did the F6 during installation but i still get the F3 quit error msg screen saying no hard is found. it there another way around this. If I could probably disable the SATA mode I am pretty sure it'll work.

Any ideas?

lurkswithin 01-20-2009 02:44 AM

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Originally Posted by va_style06 (Post 13703)
Hi, I am tryin to install XP on my laptop, i bought an external cd drive but the problem i'm havin is with the SATA native mode. its a Gateway MX1023 Notebook, I have been tryin to disbale it but i cant seem to find a disbale option in the bios, secondly i download the drivers for the SATA controller 4rm Gateways site copied to the floppy did the F6 during installation but i still get the F3 quit error msg screen saying no hard is found. it there another way around this. If I could probably disable the SATA mode I am pretty sure it'll work.

Any ideas?

If it is native then it should not require the installation of the third party (F6). Native hardware is tagged so as to be recognizable from the CD and the drivers installed automatically. Try to install the operating system by ignoring the F6 prompt and see what happens.

If it installs then go back later and replace the controller driver with the gateway one through the regular method of motherboard driver installations....note....some gateways will need help in installing drivers and they have a tool to help.

ChoboNiNjA37 01-23-2009 02:09 AM

I loved this tutorial, but I changed it up a bit (because I was being cheap)

What I did was I got my XP files (I used some disc I had sitting on my desk with SP3, and put the files on a flash drive), an MS-Dos 7.10 disc, a Knoppix disc (probably any live linux distrib would work).

I was fixing my friend's Fujitsu Lifebook Tablet, with my Gateway Laptop.

I basically just did everything in the tutorial, just with the use of Knoppix to format to FAT32 and copy the files over from my flash drive.

It was annoying, but at least I saved money :)


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