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Windows Xp Has Ruined Everything


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#1 discos_dead

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 09:07 AM

My hard drive is smoked (a long story, tried many things to fix it - just get clicking, and nothing even acknowledges that the disk exists) and Compaq did not provide system disks (to be fair, they strongly suggested that I create them, but, being a foolish optimist, I did not). So, I bought a new Seagate hard drive (PATA 100 - 320 Gigs, 16 MB cache) and installed it, and bought a new copy of Windows XP. Now the computer boots, but MANY things don't work - no sound, no internet, no modem found, no Direct X drivers found, etc. I chatted with HP support, who recommended that I download drivers. The modem driver, for example, failed to load (after download on another PC, burning a CD and trying to install). VERY frustrating. Shelled out about $300 for new drive and Windows XP, would like to repair this system, but am so frustrated I'm considering just buying a new tower. Any magic bullets out there to fix this?

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 09:13 AM

It would seem you need to install some motherboard drivers.
They are usually found at the manufacturers home page.
If the sound/nic is onboard, that should do the trick.
In any case, you need drivers to run that hardware.
Directx is included with most games. Just browse a game dvd. Locate dxsetup.exe and run that.

Hope that'll get you somewhere. :thumbsup:

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If you want me to try locate it for you, I need the full model name of the motherboard including a revision number if you got that.

Edited by nightspydk, 23 November 2007 - 09:20 AM.


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Posted 23 November 2007 - 09:36 AM

first off compaq might have used several different modems in your line/model/family, you would either have to pull the modem to identify it or download any and all drivers


your computer should be listed with xp drivers on their web site

compaq should have offered to send you recovery cd's for a fee, since you already paid for an xp oem
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 10:42 AM

Thanks. HP does make recovery disks available - I ordered a set the day before yesterday. However, even with FedEx next day it takes about 3 days to get here (Thanksgiving, plus I live in the middle of nowhere), and I was losing patience. Regarding the computer, I did try to install DirectX again, but got an error message regarding a missing component. When I tried to install the modem driver, it went through the process, finished, and the message said that installation had failed.

I just looked up the specs for the motherboard (see below). I'll check for any possible help from HP, but I'll probably go into town because I have dial-up here so to download you'd better pack breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Motherboard
Manufacturer: Asus
Motherboard Name: A8N-LA
HP/Compaq motherboard name: Nagami-GL8E

from: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/generic...=reg_R1002_USEN

Thanks again!

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 11:48 AM

if you linked to the right model

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwar...849&lang=en

windows xp sp2 would need the chipset drivers first

the video and audio are almost 100 megs
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 06:07 PM

What version is this "new copy of XP"? There are several and they are not all the same. The original version is minus SP1 and SP2, the 2d version is minus SP2 but includes SP1, and the 3d version is current thru SP2.

If it's not XP SP2, then your first concern should be to update to SP2, then go to the WinUpdate site for other critical updates.

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 07:41 PM

If you get the recovery cd's in time, they'll save you an enormous amount of time trying to locate the drivers (since the drivers are built into the recovery cd's).
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 08:47 PM

Check this link, HP Identifying Your Model, the look up the XP drivers by the actual model number if you still want to try before you get the recovery discs.
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