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Windows 7: New HDD Pavilion p6230y no recovery disc install win 7 home failing

12 Nov 2014   #1
Gamer1

Iowa
 
 
New HDD Pavilion p6230y no recovery disc install win 7 home failing

Suffered a full HDD crash. Fortunately I had my data all recently backed up on an external drive. So I figured this is a good time to upgrade a little. I got a new 240gb SSD drive. Since the HDD was toast, there is no getting the recovery partition off it. (believe me, I tried) OK, so I figured I'd just download the Win 7 Home ISO and do a fresh install. I know I can still get drivers from the HP website so this SHOULD BE no problem. wrong! I boot from the win 7 home SP1 DVD that I created from the ISO. Answered the Location and language screen. Installation starts and bang, I get a window saying a needed driver is missing. Of course, no indication of what driver is missing, just a browse or cancel option.

OK, so I figure I need to make a driver disc for this HP box. I go online and get the original drivers from HP. But they are all EXE's that start the install when you run them rather than just extracting the drivers to disk. So, I figure these are likely self-extracting archives. Sure enough if I open the .EXE using winrar I see folders. I can extract them and make a disc full of the original drivers. I haven't actually done this yet but it's my next step I guess.

While on HP's support site I notice they have (had) recovery discs available at one time, but no more. I'm wondering if there is something special about this hardware that is going to make win 7 unable to install without getting the specially crated recovery disc for it..

Has anyone out there successfully installed Windows 7 Home on an HP Pavilion p6230y without using recovery discs? If so what is the secret?

Or does anyone have the .iso of the recovery disc for this model that I can get a copy of for my install?

This quad core machine is just too nice to trash simply because I can't get a mystery driver for win 7 to be able to install.

Thanks in advance for any assistance with this.

-=[Gamer1]=-


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12 Nov 2014   #2
Kaktussoft

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You don't need drivers!! Unless it's connected to a raid controller. No indication whatsoever what driver it wants? Is it asking for SATA-drivers?
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12 Nov 2014   #3
Gamer1

Iowa
 
 

Yep, no indication, I click START INSTALL and then a short pause and next a large blank window with a dialog box over it that is also blank except for the message that windows cannot find a required driver. And my only choices are to retry or browse for the driver or cancel installation. I'm wondering now if maybe because the SSD has no partition on it that if I were to use something like Gparted to create an ntfs partition maybe that would kick it past this error. I may try that when I get home tonight before I start trying to make a driver disc. (I'm skeptical about this home made driver disc working)
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12 Nov 2014   #4
Kaktussoft

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Is the SSD connected to a sata2 or sata3 port?
To what sata-controller is it connected?

SATA Driver - Load in Windows 7 or Vista Setup
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12 Nov 2014   #5
gregrocker

 

That error during install always means a bad installer. Start over and this time follow the steps in Clean Reinstall Windows 7, downloading new ISO and burning to disk or stick with tool provided.

If there are any further problems these steps resolve 90% of all install failures: Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums
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18 Nov 2014   #6
Gamer1

Iowa
 
 
Solved it!

OK, after using gParted to create an ntfs partition on the SSD the Win7 install showed me that it could not find a driver for the DVD/CD drive. It was the same screen I had previously only this time the message actually told me what driver it was looking for. That seemed weird to me so I figured I'd whip out my external DVD player from my laptop case and see if that would work. Same exact message.

So I did a little more google research and found many people claiming the ISO that I used was corrupt. Finally one forum post had a link to a slightly older ISO of Win7 home edition. So I snagged it. Several posts also talked about a Free Microsoft Utility for creating the DVD from an ISO so I snagged that also. AFter all the downloading I attempted to use the Windows Utility which promptly failed saying the ISO was invalid.

Hmm.. I then loaded up ImgBurn and pointed it to the ISO and it was perfectly happy with it. So I proceeded to use ImgBurn to create the DVD from the older ISO file.

Removed my external DVD player and popped the new DVD into the system to boot from and WhaLa! Win 7 Home installation as it should have been from the start!. After installation I was able to surf The Internet and get to HP's site to snag the "chipset" drivers. After installing them and rebooting I started downloading and installing the 166 windows updates. Life is good.

So the moral of the story? If Win7 Install says that drivers are missing for it to preform installation there is a good chance you have a bad install DVD. Either try burning it again or get a different ISO.

P.S. Just so you know, the first DVD I created from ISO using ImgBurn without any errors AND I always have ImgBurn "verify" the disc after creation which it passed. So I have to agree that the current win7 home ISO available from the MS site for download is in fact corrupt in some way that is not related to the build of the ISO but rather the files or paths that are part of the original DVD.

That's my story and my opinions. Hope they help someone else some day. :-)
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18 Nov 2014   #7
Kaktussoft

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18 Nov 2014   #8
Gamer1

Iowa
 
 

This is where I got the image from. It was a link in a MS forum and the message was from an MS staffer.

New HDD Pavilion p6230y no recovery disc install win 7 home failing-2014-11-18-13_38_55-opening-x17-58997.iso.jpg

And that file is the one that did not work for me.


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18 Nov 2014   #9
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gamer1 View Post
This is where I got the image from. It was a link in a MS forum and the message was from an MS staffer.

Attachment 340827

And that file is the one that did not work for me.
From Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 U (media refresh)
latest and greatestX17-58997.iso
That should have worked for sure. Don't know why it failed. Faulty DVD, faulty DVD driver, faulty DVD drive.... could be anything. Even faulty memory.
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18 Nov 2014   #10
Gamer1

Iowa
 
 

used the same machine to create the DVDs from both ISOs. I'm tempted to download it again and try it again just to see if it repeats.
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