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Windows 7: How to know what drivers you will need for clean install.

01 Sep 2011   #91
ariel5345

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Make sure you have a working bootable flash stick installer first.

Use this easy tool to write ISO to flash stick with Win7 in dropdown menu: Universal USB Installer Easy as 1 2 3. Boot using one-time BIOS Boot menu key, under USB, Removable or HD's.

Make sure new HD registers correctly in BIOS, set SATA controller to AHCI to try install.
Hi Greg!
The firmware download from HP automatically sets up the usb flash drive to flash my Bios. I am pretty sure that the flash stick worked correctly because it is what is giving me the error message saying that the System drive is invalid-referring to the new Hitachi. I checked the flash stick and it is formatted fat32 with Dos to flash the Bios. It was formatted Ntfs before-so the firmware flash loaded correctly onto the flash drive.

Are we talking about the same thing? Are you are steering me to load win7 with a usb stick?

I think that the bios flash will not take place unless it sees Vista loaded onto the drive.


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01 Sep 2011   #92
gregrocker

 

Yes, I misread your intentions with the flash stick installer. Sorry about that.

It's safest to flash a BIOS from the OS, but if you don't have the OS on there then you can flash it from boot with CD or stick. However I would have HP tech support walk you through it and be under warranty so they can bail you out if it fails.
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01 Sep 2011   #93
ariel5345

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Yes, I misread your intentions with the flash stick installer. Sorry about that.

It's safest to flash a BIOS from the OS, but if you don't have the OS on there then you can flash it from boot with CD or stick. However I would have HP tech support walk you through it and be under warranty so they can bail you out if it fails.
Well they won't warranty the support even if I pay for it because I am not allowed to have win7 on my laptop. They will for Vista but the warranty will be void as soon as I reload win7.
I want to Load Vista on the new Drive Via usb port is this possible? Then I would insert new drive into Laptop and flash bios. Then boot from Acronis recovery CD and load my Win7 backup Image from the Western Digital external HD.

So tell me, is this possible? Can I load Vista with my HP Vista recovery cd to the new drive via my Usb port? I have an external case to put the new drive into.
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01 Sep 2011   #94
theog

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1) If I were you, I would fit the new HD Drive in the Notebook.
2) Boot the Pc with the Windows 7 DVD & do clean install.
Clean Install Windows 7
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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01 Sep 2011   #95
gregrocker

 

What's the reason for the BIOS update exactly?

Sure you can restore Vista to do this if you want.

Better to install Win7 directly. You may not need a BIOS update if it succeeds.
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02 Sep 2011   #96
ariel5345

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You both will be happy to know....you are exactly right. I went out of my way to prove you were right. Reload win7 is the best advice.

Theog this was the problem AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista
It's better to reload than to fix it though.

I will share my journey for prosperity. I put new drive in and reloaded Vista HP and crapware recovery disk. It went Bsod with diagonal 1/2 inch white stripes first time. Second time froze at 95% complete. I took out 1/2 gig of ram and it completed then FBI GUI manager started to install and then timed out and trashed the install. I could get to desktop for a minute at a time then it would restart and give error messages. The bios flash did not take.

I went to a friend and borrowed a disk and did Clean install of Vista. Took 25 min. Then I did the Bios flash thingy and it did not work. This bios flash was not written to make the controllers go from ATA to SATA. It is an update to fix other Issues. Yet It still would not boot. I guess I did not meet HP's requirements....though I do not see how.

So I booted into Acronis recovery cd and recovered my win7 to the new drive. Went flawlessly onto the new drive. Then I rebooted when prompted and I was back to the exact problems I had witht the Seagate drive. Windows would not see my HD. Would not repair it either. MY HD was visable with clean Vista and visible to do the Acronis recovery but as soon as I had my old install of 7 it was invisible.

I reloaded win7 from scratch and it is fine. working like a charm. So my first win7 install turned off AHCI and This was the problem the whole time. I wish I had my Seagate back
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02 Sep 2011   #97
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
1) If I were you, I would fit the new HD Drive in the Notebook.
2) Boot the Pc with the Windows 7 DVD & do clean install.
Clean Install Windows 7
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
Do you do this? A: NO.

Do you reset the BIOS back to Defaults after playing around? A: NO


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ariel5345 View Post
I put new drive in and reloaded Vista HP
If you had Vista would have install first time.
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02 Sep 2011   #98
ariel5345

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
1) If I were you, I would fit the new HD Drive in the Notebook.
2) Boot the Pc with the Windows 7 DVD & do clean install.
Clean Install Windows 7
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
Do you do this? A: NO.
Yes This is what I finally did.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Do you reset the BIOS back to Defaults after playing around? A: NO
The Bios flash would NOT take place. So it never changed.

I am pretty sure the problem was AHCI the whole time. Not the Bios. Yet the way HP worded the firmware update they made it sound like I had to have it to upgrade my HD.
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02 Sep 2011   #99
theog

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Quote:
The Bios flash would NOT take place. So it never changed.

I am pretty sure the problem was AHCI the whole time. Not the Bios. Yet the way HP worded the firmware update they made it sound like I had to have it to upgrade my HD.

AHCI mode is in the BIOS.
HP did not tell to flash the BIOS.
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02 Sep 2011   #100
gregrocker

 

This is why I asked a week ago for the SATA controller setting, but haven't seen a reply.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Are you saying that you bought a SATA drive but are using an adapter to plug it into an IDE port because you don't have SATA ports on the mobo? Can you plug a new SATA HD into a SATA port? What ports are available?

What is the SATA controller setting in BIOS setup?

While in BIOS setup see how the HD is recognized.
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