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Driver Corruption XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Airball, Jul 2, 2007.

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  1. Airball

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    It's unfortunate that my first post on these forms is to address a rather large problem I've encountered while re-installing different OS's. It's my hope that you guys can help me out. Don't let me down! ;)

    Ok, here's the story. Despite all the vista nay-sayers, I decided to try it out anyway. I installed Vista Ultimate on my Compaq Presario sr1910nx. It worked relatively well, until one time I booted up - or at least, I tried. I was given the infinitely descriptive error message: "Missing Operating System". I decided that, well, Vista hadn't really met my expectations, so I popped my XP Home SP2 CD back in the drive, and went back.

    The install went smoothly. I deleted existing partitions on my hard drive, and then installed XP to the resulting unpartitioned space. So, I welcomed my XP desktop with open arms.

    It didn't do the same for me. XP fails to recognize most of my hardware, including but not limited to my network adapter and cd-rom drive. Needless to say, this has resulted in some serious issues; I cannot connect to the internet, because XP refuses to realize that I have a connection. I can't even re-install XP from a CD, because XP won't recognize that, either.

    I tried mounting an XP .iso with Daemon tools. No dice, the installer wants a CD drive just as much as I do. So, I downloaded some driver identification tools to a USB drive from my laptop and ran them on my desktop. The problem? They need the internet to identify the hardware.

    So now I'm lost. My desktop box is now incommunicado, and unable to reinstall the OS. This is where I need you guys to come in. I've checked the compaq website for the drivers, and they're not there; that, or I've missed something.

    If anyone can help me on this one, I'd appreciate it very much. Thanks a lot.
     
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    Welcome to TSG....

    Upon just after doing a clean install of an operating system there is a special driver disk that should have come with the computer this special driver disk has all of the special drivers for the computer like the chipset driver, the buss driver - no not greyhound - and other drivers like audio, video etc.

    When you start installing you install the chipset first then the buss and after that any order you want.

    If you no longer have this driver disk the drivers can be downloaded from either the manufacturer of the motherboard or computer web site then burn to a cd-r disk and install.

    THis should solve your problem.
     
  3. Airball

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    Thanks for the quick reply.

    No, I don't have the cd that came with the computer. And I have checked the manufacturer's site, but they don't offer a direct download of a recovery disc. That would make things easy. They want me to order one instead.

    So, short of that, any other recommendations?
     
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    does it come with a floppy drive? and whats the model number of your compaq?
     
  5. Airball

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    No, no floppy drive.

    So yeah, there's the model number.
     
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    I didnot say recovery disk I was talking about the special driver disk that came with the recovery disk set, these drivers are downloadable thru the manufacturers web site and are also downloadable thru the motherboard manufacturers web site. What is the make and model of your computer I will go take a look in the morning?
     
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    First off, thanks to everyone who has tried to help so far, I appreciate it very much.

    Yes, I've been to all of those web pages, and tried the lan drivers. Right now, I'll go through them one by one, and get back to you guys.

    Thanks.
     
  11. Airball

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    Ok, I've gone back to the desktop and tried instaling all those drivers on the manufacturer's page. The keyboard/mouse drivers required that I have .Net framework 1.1. I got that from the MS site, and installed it on the desktop. The driver then installed fine, but after a reboot there's still no CD drive.

    The lan drivers will not install from the exe; I have to install it from the device manager instead. I click on the "PCI Simple communications Controller" and try to update the driver there. However, I can't seem to actually pull off an install.
     
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    Thanks for the program. However, it doesn't seem to be of much use, but that could be because I'm missing something.

    Any recommendations?
     
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    Thanks, I'll give that a shot.
     
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