Installing XP from flash drive on netbook

January 8, 2011 at 23:51:28
Specs: Windows XP
I followed the steps from this how to http://www.ocia.net/articles/xpflas... I have everything added to the flash drive as it shows on the how to. When I try to go to txt mode it says "To set up windows XP now, press enter" I do. It then says "setup has recognized the following mass storage devices in your computers: <none>" I press enter to continue. Then it shows me the partitioned space on the computer. I have one partitioned space, partition1 [fat] and no unpartitioned space. When I press c to create a new partition nothing happens, when I try to delete the partition it says "setup is unable to perform the requested operation on the selected partition. This partition contains temporary setup files that are required to complete the installation." I press enter to continue. It takes be back to the previous screen, now if i press enter to set up windows xp on the selected item it get two options Covert the partition to NTFS and leave the current file system intact <no changes>. If I choose the convert option it says that "Setup has determined that drive U: is corrupted and cannot be repaired. Setup cannot continue. If I choose the no changes option it says the same thing.

Now for a little back ground. This is a gateway netbook lt20 that was running windows XP home edition and this is what i am trying to reinstall. It has no CD drive. Windows is corrupt and needs to be reinstalled. I do not care if I lose anything on the computer i just want it to work again.


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#1
January 9, 2011 at 00:01:28
I believe you have overlooked the problem in what you have described.
"setup has recognized the following mass storage devices in your computers: <none>"

Setup is not finding your hard drive. It is probably an SATA drive and XP does not contain SATA drivers so setup cannot recognize it. Not having dealt with installation from flashdrives I don't know what you had to go through to modify the usual setup files but it seems to me you will need to somehow incorporate SATA drivers in the flashdrive setup in order to complete the process.

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January 9, 2011 at 00:15:35
Thank you Richard, I was able to go into the bios and change the sata from achd? to ide? and all appears to be going smoothly now. Thank for you help.

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January 9, 2011 at 00:19:29
Well done and thanks for letting us know how you solved the problem.

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June 29, 2011 at 20:57:25
Thanks Richard and JROD. Your help saved my time. I spent almost two days by trying different xp softwares and I will get all time different errors and most time abobe NONE error. I changed the BIOS setting and it worked. I was thinking that I am unable to locate proper xp software for netbook.

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