Emachines Recovery Disks Won't Work

Emachines / El 1200 o5w
December 9, 2009 at 09:21:39
Specs: Windows XP
I just bought a set of Inter Mountain Software recovery disks from eBay for my Emachines EL-1200-o5w desktop and when I tried to boot from the cd rom drive I got a message saying the device driver was not installed.

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December 9, 2009 at 12:09:24
I'm not familiar with Inter Mountain Software. Can you post back the ebay link where you bought it?

Generally recovery disks come from the computer manufacturer.

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December 9, 2009 at 14:59:14
Here is a link to the listing


And when I got the disks they said InterMountainSoftware.com on them.

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December 9, 2009 at 17:03:45
That looks to be one of those all-in-one boot cds that has some generic utilities and in this case some hardware drivers that emachines may use. It's not a recovery disk in the sense it would restore your original OS. For that you'd need the actual recovery disk from emachine or, as is common now, a recovery partition on the hard drive.

I don't know what driver is not being installed but I suspect it may be a cdrom driver. I looked up the specs on that and it says you have a SATA hard drive. It didn't say if the DVD burner was SATA or ATAPI. If it's SATA there's only one dos driver I know that works--gcdrom.sys. If you have a SATA DVD then that's probably the reason. If you have a regular ATAPI DVD any cdrom drivers on the ebay disk should load OK as there are dozens if not hundreds of compatible ATAPI drivers.

Also, as I mentioned, you may have a recovery partition on the drive. Generally you change the boot order in cmos/bios setup to boot from that partition and then follow the instructions to reinstall your OS. Unless you have other problems you shouldn't need the ebay disk in order to use the recovery partition on the drive.

If you are looking to restore your OS you should probably consult your manual to check on the recovery partition and how to restore from there. If you still think you need the ebay disk try emailing the seller and since they wrote the disk they should be able to help.

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December 9, 2009 at 17:54:36
Ok I do remember seeing the term "ATAPI" when I tried to use the CD but as for the rest I don't know. I didn't see anything about a recovery partition. And about consulting the manual... my pc didn't come with one.

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December 9, 2009 at 18:11:21
All the user guides for that model are here:


I'm not sure which is the most likely to have that info so you may need to look at them all.

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