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Old 07-28-2010, 01:26 PM   #16
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If one used the original HP recovery discs to install, it would see the drive. If you are using a Windows XP SP1 installation disc, you are more than likely going to have to hit the F6 key to see the drive.
 
Old 07-28-2010, 02:08 PM   #17
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So the F6 is done when loading a Xp cd. The F6 is then for feeding drivers to enable the installer to recognise raids and Sata controllers. Hiting the key alone without the drivers ready would not help
 
Old 07-28-2010, 02:50 PM   #18
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If you feel the need to clarify, so be it. But with laptops this usually presents a problem as there is no floppy, and from experience, the SP1 disc I have would not see a USB floppy that was set as Drive A in the bios. So...either use the recovery discs, or try the same type of disc identified on the colorful sticker with the product key. I think HP charges $25 for recovery disc if you were too preoccupied to burn them when the machine worked.
EDIT: Or...you can rebuild the ISO of the disc you have to include the drivers, (slipstream).

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Old 07-28-2010, 11:24 PM   #19
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OK, that F6 key was not what I was really referring to. There is something in the BIOS, to be accessed before the system boots from the CD or HD
 
Old 07-29-2010, 05:43 PM   #20
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OK, that F6 key was not what I was really referring to. There is something in the BIOS, to be accessed before the system boots from the CD or HD
I don't think there is an issue booting the CD if the "CD" can't see a drive. Because the OP went through part of the installation but got hung at the drive detection stage of the installation.
 
Old 07-29-2010, 11:20 PM   #21
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Sorry for explaining badly. I'm trying to make clear that it's a setting in the BIOS; and that that is something that needs to be accessed/done before the system boots from CD or HD.
 
Old 07-30-2010, 06:42 AM   #22
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Native SATA mode has to be disabled in BIOS setting... why are you people ignoring this.
 
Old 07-30-2010, 12:51 PM   #23
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Sorry for explaining badly. I'm trying to make clear that it's a setting in the BIOS; and that that is something that needs to be accessed/done before the system boots from CD or HD.
You may be onto something here. My sister once gave me a little computer from her business that was taking about three quarters of an hour to boot. She said I could use it for parts, it was quite some time ago, all I remember was that it was a bios setting that got changed. I got it up and running back to normal and gave it back, she put it back on the desk it came from and three weeks later it was reset again, but nobody played with bios settings.
 
Old 07-30-2010, 02:33 PM   #24
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binson12 said his brother had linux on it, it's most likely the partitions are still at ID 83.

Linux uses a superblock at the beginning of a disk partition to identify the basic size, shape, and condition of the file system.

He needs to verify this by using a liveCD and typing fdisk -l

If there are partitions IDs of 83 and/or 82, this would cause windows xp to not recognize the hard drive during the installation.. The windows xp installation disc is looking for hard drive(s) with partitions IDs of either any of these:

b W95 FAT32 # windows FAT32 filesystem for hard drive less than 2GB
c W95 FAT32 (LBA) # windows FAT32 filesystem for hard drive larger than 2GB
e W95 FAT16 (LBA)
f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
7 HPFS/NTFS # windows NTFS filesystem

The ones in bold are the most popular.

His brother needs to delete all linux and swap partitions and create a new one with the the partition ID of c or 7 and write the changes. Next, reboot the system with the windows XP cd.

The Windows XP cd should now see the hard drive during the installation.

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Old 07-30-2010, 03:37 PM   #25
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@ binson12

If your issue remains unsolved visit HP supoort


http://www.hp.com/#Support
 
Old 07-30-2010, 05:07 PM   #26
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If there are partitions IDs of 83 and/or 82, this would cause windows xp to not recognize the hard drive during the installation.. The windows xp installation disc is looking for hard drive(s) with partitions IDs of either any of these:
Every Windows XP installation I've done where it could access the drives would see the whole drive including Linux partitions which it would call, "unallocated space". Same goes for a brand new drive with no partitions. The CD does not require a FAT or NTFS partition to see the drive.
 
Old 07-31-2010, 04:57 AM   #27
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I always create a partition first of the Type relevant to the operating system I want install. For a NTFS partition it is Type 7.

When a Win2k, Xp, Vista or Win7 installer sees a NTFS partition it will sink its teeth into it and will not let go until after the installation. Never misses a beat. The partition does not need to be pre-formatted as the installer prefers to do it itself.

The approach works for any Dos, MS Windows, Linux, BSD and Solaris. For example if I want to install a Solaris the partition should be primary and of Type bf. For a FreeBSD it must be Type a5, NetBSD uses a9 and so on.

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