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No hard disk

By grizzler
Aug 30, 2007
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  1. Hey, just got a new Vista laptop and i was going to install Xp onto it. Came to put it on and its saying there is no hard disk present. Now i have found its a ATA drive so i need extra drivers via a floppy disk or use a raid slipstream i think its called. Now i do not have a floppy drive right now, or know where to find the drivers but if someone could point me in the direction of how to overcome this problem i would be most grateful!

    Thanks alot Alex
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,840   +165

  3. grizzler

    grizzler TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Thats useful, but just tells you how to install xp and create the dual boot. I can do that bit i just have the problem installing xp as it says there is no hard disk present.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,840   +165

    "No hard disk present" even if you try the dual boot method?
  5. grizzler

    grizzler TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Still trying, its ok with vista but its the xp install just cannot see the hard disc there.
  6. grizzler

    grizzler TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Ok so i am nearly there, i just need a txtsetup.oem file. Anyone got any ideas?
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,840   +165

  8. grizzler

    grizzler TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Ok, i know my way around a computer, but for once i just cant understand that could you please explain it in a better form of english! Thanks :blush:
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,436   +218

    You said ATA drive which would be another name for an IDE drive. Do you really mean SATA (serial ATA) drive? Because typically when you begin to install Windows XP on a SATA hard drive, you get a message about setup not seeing your hard drive.
  10. grizzler

    grizzler TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Thats the one sorry missed off the serial. Its a Serial ATA drive
  11. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,436   +218

    Ordinarily, you will have an opportunity to press F6 to install third party drivers right at the beginning of the Windows XP installation. However, you do need an internal floppy drive for this procedure to work. Since you don't have one, you can slipstream Windows and the SATA/RAID drivers. But I think you know that already.

    The problem is finding the drivers to slipstream. Usually you go the laptop's manufacturer's website, locate the XP compatible drivers and download them. I would go ahead and try this. However, it's possible that when you look up your laptop or motherboard, you might only find Vista drivers since your laptop came that way and maybe it has never been available with XP. If so, you might have to search around for XP compatible drivers for your laptop. But maybe you'll be lucky and find XP drivers at the mobo website.
     
  12. grizzler

    grizzler TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Been on the website. And i got the chipset drivers and there is Xp ones in there which is a result, but not sure if it is the chipset drivers i need. I tryed just put them on my flash pen and it worked as Xp thought it was a floppy drive but it then said it was the wrong drivers. http://support.thetechguys.com/layout.aspx?ID={492318d1-b066-43fd-b0f0-17abbbb35be6}&CatID={e7040c55-00c2-4940-81c6-e77ef6ade031} There is the chipset drivers. I think i am right in getting these drivers but if i am not could someone point me otherwise.
  13. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    Are you using vista 64 or 32 bit? I know reverting to 32 bit xp can cause hard drives issues. I had the same problem on my desktop. I wound up having to use a format disk from the hard drive home site. Was a simple download and write to a cd, restart, and it will detect drives, then you format there. Then try to install w/e you like. Hope that helps.
  14. grizzler

    grizzler TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    No idea what version of vista it is, will have a look later.
  15. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,436   +218

    I don't think anyone can point you toward anywhere since you have yet to identify your laptop's brand and model. Drivers are quite specific.
  16. grizzler

    grizzler TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Sorry about that, its a philips-freevents xp59 http://support.thetechguys.com/layout.aspx?ID={4032f548-697d-48a0-9401-f3233773e917}&CatID={d0f177ca-4491-4663-af61-b06cea215e8d} Thats got a list of all the hardware and the hardrive is a hitachi hts541210h9sa00
  17. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,436   +218

    It appears that your IntelĀ® 945PM Express Chipset is covered by the driver you linked to. I can't say if the SATA drivers are included, however. Hopefully, they are.
  18. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    get belarc or everest and use that software to tell you what chipset you have
    everest is the better
  19. grizzler

    grizzler TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    ok ill try it but i have the drivers and its all good except it asks for a txtsetup.oem file. Any ideas?
  20. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    txtoem is the file xp or vista needs to see to find the driver software
    if pointed to wrong place it will fail to find
    there known errors in the way xp looks for soft
    I don't know about vista's approach
    if you are having issue with flash drive to load it may need the A drive to load
    the oemtxt is txt file that can be edited to point to where the flash drive letter is that contains drivers.
    easier to use floppy drive if you have problems try a new disc seems old disc's will not copy the setup files well and will not be read right by the OS on install
    try searching vista loading oemtxt driver files
    PS vista should now be able to load drivers from cdrom
  21. uknowmehfo

    uknowmehfo TS Rookie

    ok lets say you formatted your laptop already and all you have is a windows xp cd and a vista cd.. but the vista does not want to load and you put in the xp cd and it says hard drive not found.. what would you say to do? it's a new gateway laptop. no floppy drive mx8711
  22. grizzler

    grizzler TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Vista is fine, its just the xp disc. So do i need to include this file in the driver files?
  23. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    yes ,this file must be present the website for drivers should have txt to tell how to make floppy boot disc
    if you make new xp disc with these drivers added Nlite will lead you through process to make new ISO of your xp install disc.
    it's that or buy floppy drive for machine load that way
    I would bet they make a usb emulator to do this,at least they should
    xp is written only to look for A: drive
    pretty stupid if you ask me,but then I can't write C++ so what do I know
  24. grizzler

    grizzler TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Its picking up my usb stick as the A drive just dunno what to do about the .oem file. Do i have to make one
  25. grizzler

    grizzler TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Anyone, any ideas?!?! if you think you know the problem could you email me or msn me or something could do with his getting sorted
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