Sata drivers, f6 error, no hd error, xp stuck

Gateway notebook / Mx6214
June 24, 2009 at 08:48:32
Specs: Windows XP
I am finally posting a thread to see if anyone can figure out my very frustrating situation.

I am usually pretty good when it comes to formatting and fixing any PC's, but just recently my gf asked me to fix her laptop up and possibly format it.
She uses a Gateway laptop with Windows XP and one day it froze on her and she tried to reboot.
It gets stuck at the windows XP loading screen and sits there forever doing nothing, just sitting Idle. So I tried changing the settings in the Bios. Nothing. Tried to format it with an XP Disc, but apparently the disc thinks there is no HDD installed but when I check the bios, it says that there IS.
And finally to top it all off, when I realized I needed to install the SATA drivers I pressed 'F6' Durring the XP setup, AND NOTHING HAPPENDS.

Thats right the laptop apparently just ignores me pressing F6 and carries on to say there is still no HD installed.

No, there is no USB connected to the computer. No there is no discs, nor floppys in the computer.
It is a laptop keyboard and it works fine. It beeps if F6 is pressed to many times so I know the key itself is fine.

I have seen this problem all over the internet and no one has a solution. The mysterious non working 'F6' during XP setup. IF anyone has a solution I would appreciate the info, because i'm about to throw it out the window. Cheers


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#1
June 24, 2009 at 10:22:17
You can't load what's not there. You need to have the SATA drivers on a floppy so when you press F6, Windows will access the drive & load the drivers.

"Note Mass storage controller drivers can be loaded only from floppy disks by using the F6 key. The F6 key cannot be used to load drivers that are stored on USB flash drives, on USB hard disks, or on other external storage devices."


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#2
June 24, 2009 at 10:41:15
Use nlite and add the sata drivers to slipstream. Here is the link Read the guide section for how to add sata drivers
http://www.nliteos.com/index.html

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#3
June 24, 2009 at 11:12:17
Jam- "You can't load what's not there. You need to have the SATA drivers on a floppy so when you press F6, Windows will access the drive & load the drivers."


Kinda hard w/o a floppy drive. I have the drivers on a USB drive but that ain't working. Do I need to buy a USB floppy?


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#4
June 24, 2009 at 11:45:23
Read and follow response #2.

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#5
June 24, 2009 at 12:19:46
"Kinda hard w/o a floppy drive. I have the drivers on a USB drive but that ain't working. Do I need to buy a USB floppy?"

The quote in response 1 is from the Microsoft website & answers your question...read it again:

"The F6 key cannot be used to load drivers that are stored on USB flash drives, on USB hard disks, or on other external storage devices."


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#6
June 24, 2009 at 12:35:33
Slipstreaming is the process of adding or removing items from Win2000 or WinXP. The program mentioned in #2 is very easy to use. The SATA drivers can be gotten off the motherboard CD or from their website.

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