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?