Posted 28 June 2008 - 10:06 AM
Vista won't know what version it is until you enter the product key - so booting from the Ultimate DVD won't automatically convert it to Ultimate. The loading of drivers is for loading the drivers into memory if Vista isn't able to use the default drivers built into the Vista DVD.
According to my searches for this model, it has an 40, 60, or 80 gB IDE hard drive - which Vista should automatically recognize without the need to install drivers (the install driver thing is mostly for SATA/SCSI/RAID hard drives). So it sounds to me like the hard drive may be dead. I'd suggest running a bootable diagnostic test on the hard drive (usually available for free at the hard drive manufacturer's website).
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